Cranberry Raspberry Jalapeno Relish For a Zesty Thanksgiving

 This zesty cranberry jalapeno relish is perfectly balanced with raspberries and makes an excellent and unexpected zesty sauce for turkey.

CranberryRaspberryJalapenoRelish

Last year I read an article in Bon Appetite magazine where they concluded that canned cranberry sauce was just as good as a homemade batch. I am a second generation BA subscriber and loyal to the core but I was quite disgruntled!

My homemade Cranberry Raspberry Relish is famous and requested year after year by friends near and far. My mother hordes any leftovers she can get her hands on and uses it for jam or mixes it into her yogurt. My secret is raspberries! Cranberry is so intense on its own it is almost overwhelming. Mixing in a few raspberries mellows the cranberry perfectly.

This year I have been enjoying sweet, spicy fruit combos so I have adapted my classic with some jalapenos. Thanksgiving dinner is often lacking in something spicy. Serving some sort of spicy relish or pepper jelly is a great foil to turkey!

Don’t hesitate to make your own cranberry relish. It is a simple project you can do as far ahead of Thanksgiving as you like. I usually make mine about one week before and shove it to the back of the fridge. When Turkey Day arrives I put it in a pretty dish and serve.

Looking for more amazing Thanksgiving Recipes?  Try my Perfect Homemade Whipped Cream.  It is also easy to make and may well blow your mind. 

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This zesty cranberry jalapeno relish is perfectly balanced with raspberries and makes an excellent and unexpected zesty sauce for turkey. Easy to make.

This recipe is participating in the Weekend Potluck!

Cranberry Raspberry Jalapeno Relish
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries
Instructions
  1. Remove seeds from jalapenos and discard. Mince the peppers finely.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the minced peppers, water, sugar, and cranberries.
  3. Bring the mixture to boil over medium-high heat and then turn down to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a potato masher or a wooden spoon to smash the sauce into the size chunks you like. I prefer to leave the sauce somewhat chunky.
  6. Stir in raspberries. If you are using the frozen ones you can add them frozen.
  7. Chill the sauce and serve. Leftovers can be frozen.

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Cranberry Raspberry Jalapeno Relish
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Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Cranberry Raspberry Jalapeno Relish
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Remove seeds from jalapenos and discard. Mince the peppers finely.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the minced peppers, water, sugar, and cranberries.
  3. Bring the mixture to boil over medium-high heat and then turn down to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a potato masher or a wooden spoon to smash the sauce into the size chunks you like. I prefer to leave the sauce somewhat chunky.
  6. Stir in raspberries. If you are using the frozen ones you can add them frozen.
  7. Chill the sauce and serve. Leftovers can be frozen.
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8 thoughts on “Cranberry Raspberry Jalapeno Relish For a Zesty Thanksgiving

  1. Oh Girl! This stuff is SO good! My daughter has made it for family gatherings for years, and it always goes quickly. Thanks for sharing yet another scrumptious recipe with us at Weekend Potluck.

    • You bet! I make it weeks in advance and freeze it. You can also leave it in the fridge for 7-10 days. The sugar acts like a preservative.

    • I serve it as a sauce to go with the turkey or pour some over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers. My mother always asks for the leftovers and eats it with plain yogurt or on toast but she also likes Peanut Butter and Garlic Sandwiches so she has unique taste to be sure!

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