Cranberry Relish

I have been so excited to share this cranberry relish recipe with you! It’s a family favorite. Actually, more than anything, this is one of my dad’s favorite recipes. My mom generally has this in the refrigerator (or freezer!) from Thanksgiving until New Year’s (usually the only time of year you can buy fresh cranberries in the store). Sometimes she even buys bags of cranberries and freezes them so she can make this at other times of the year as well. We all love this recipe! It’s both sweet and slightly tart at the same time, full of crunch from the walnuts and fresh apples and cranberries, and amazingly easy to make. You have to plan ahead a little because you have to refrigerate part of it overnight, but actual hands on time is about 10 minutes. You can’t beat that! Plus it makes a lot! This would be the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas dinner. It’s festive and colorful, and seriously, this tastes amazing.


Cranberry Relish


4 cups (1 lb) fresh cranberries
3 large red apples, cut into small pieces
2 cups sugar
2 packages (3 oz each) cherry jellow
1 cup boiling water
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, well drained


Pulse the cranberries, apples and sugar in a food processor until blended together and fruit is chopped into tiny pieces (be careful not to let it go too long or it will turn to mush). Refrigerate overnight.

Mix together the jello and boiling water. Add the jello, nuts and pineapple to the cranberry mixture and mix well. Let cool before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

from my mom

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  1. My grandmother makes this same recipe. I am not a cranberry fan, but other members of my family do flips for this stuff. They even fight over the left-overs (who will take it home).

  2. This looks wonderful–it actually reminds me a lot of the cranberry relish my mom makes at Thanksgiving. She uses mandarin oranges instead of pineapple though 🙂

    Don't you love those special dishes that only appear between Thanksgiving and New Year's?

  3. Mmmmm I don't think I could ever get enough of cranberry dishes. I just love cranberry relish. What a great idea to use pineapple, I'm going to have to try that! 🙂

  4. i love cranberry relish! yours looks beautiful and delicious!

  5. I love these photos! All that festive red just makes that relish look so lush. Lovely.

  6. This is such a perfect relish. How unfortunate we do not have cranberries in Greece.

  7. This looks great, Megan. I've already made mine for the holiday, but am copying this one for next year.

  8. Oooh, you say cranberry and I'm sold! This looks amazing!

  9. WOW! This looks so good and your pictures are always so pretty!!

  10. Delicious Megan! I'm one of those ones that buys up large quantities of cranberries for later use. Love em!

  11. Aww! This is so similar to my grandma's cranberry chutney! Except she adds orange instead of pineapple and some raisins!

  12. Wow I've never tried combining cranberries with pineapple, what a nice idea! Looks beautiful and rich!

  13. Love that this is a handed down tradition! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  14. I love all things cranberries, and they do pair great with apples, so I am sure this recipe is fabulous! And love that it can be put in the freezer as well!

  15. FOUR STARS! I just made this and it was a HUGE hit with everyone! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I have a question, though. When you make it, do you peel your apples? I wasn’t sure, so I left the peel on. It was delicious, but I was just curious if I was supposed to peel them first. Thanks again.

  16. This relish reminds me so much of my Mom’s delicious recipe she makes every Thanksgiving and Christmas…so yummy!!! Cranberries are so pretty in whatever dish they’re in!

  17. Made this recipe for an early Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit. If you are thinking of making it, do it, it is sweet and refreshing. I use fresh pineapple instead. I think the fresh ingredient make this recipe so good. It made quite a bit of relish. I brought along some small mason jars to give it to family members that wanted to take some home. My sister actually put the relish on a slice of cheesecake and it was pretty good too. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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