Homemade Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish Recipe 

 Originally Written: November 9, 2017

By  Hanna Trafford

Just like with everything else – you could add cranberry sauce to your shopping list, go to your local supermarket, pick one up, open the can and serve it. Or – you can make this easy, delicious cranberry relish and treat your family and guests to a totally different taste. That little different taste comes from what you add to fresh cranberries: jalapeno peppers will give your relish a nice kick that will get toned down by the addition of maple syrup. Try this recipe – I think you will never buy another can of pre-made cranberry sauce again!

Photo by Elise – Simply Recipes

For more wonderful stuff, check out: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cranberry_relish/

Cranberry Relish


  • 1 orange
  • 1 package of fresh cranberries (12 oz.)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Granulated sugar – optional


  1. Remove rind from orange.
  2. Chop rind and place in food processor.
  3. Working over food processor to catch juice, cut off white pith; cut between membrane and pulp to release fruit into food processor.
  4. Add cranberries, jalapeno peppers, maple syrup and salt; blend until fairly smooth.
  5. Let stand for at least one hour.
  6. Add up to 2 tablespoons of sugar if desired to sweeten


Hope you have enjoyed this recipe – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • Hi there,

    I noticed that you are using my photo of cranberry relish. I’m delighted that you like it enough to post it here on your site. I ask that if you would like to continue to use it that you provide attribution (Photo by Elise Bauer of SimplyRecipes.com) next to the photo with a working link to the source recipe on my site, which is:


    Thank you so much for your consideration!



    • Hi Elise!
      Thank you so so very much for your note and it is my pleasure to add the link – I have also added full link to your website – I believe it will benefit everyone to keep going to visit you regularly!
      Any further communication and/or co-operation will be much appreciated
      Best Regards,

      • Thanks Hanna! Would you please make that URL a working link to the source recipe on my site? Right now it’s just the URL that doesn’t link to anything. (BTW, no need to post any of my comments, they’re really just for your eyes!)

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