Homemade Holiday Feast – Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

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In our family, the official fruit of Thanksgiving is the cranberry. By themselves, cranberries are a harsh and tart fruit but when paired with some sweet ingredients make for incredible side dishes for the holidays. My dad’s personal favorite is cranberry relish. For years he bought it in a ccranberry orange relishan in the form of a glob of jelly. Since trying my fresh cranberry relish recipe, the canned stuff has taken a backseat at the dinner table.


  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 small navel oranges
  • 1/2 cup sugar

As you can see, the ingredients are simple and with the help of your KitchenAid Stand mixer with the Food Grinder attachment, this recipe is just as simple to make. The great thing about buying attachments for the stand mixer as opposed to new appliances is they are multipurpose and a lot easier to store in your kitchen.

kitchenaid food grinderYou can follow along and watch as I prepare this cranberry orange relish side dish. You’ll also get a closer look at how easy it is to use the food grinder attachment which you’ll see again later this week when we share our recipes for turkey left overs.

Be sure to check back next Monday as we finish our Homemade Holiday Feast series and offer the chance for one lucky reader to win a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer.

Disclosure – The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer featured in this recipe was provided to me free of cost by KitchenAid. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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  1. o0o0 that looks so delicious! I love cranberries. So during Thanksgiving I go crazy with cranberries. I love making my own cranberry sauce but never thought to add oranges. I’ve seen/heard about adding oranges or orange zest to it a lot so I’ll have give it a try!

  2. Looks great, I dont like cranberry sauce. but will make it for my family!

  3. That looks so yummy! Fresh is definitely the way to go – I’m not a fanned of canned cranberries.

  4. Donna B. says:

    Yum! I have a recipe I’ve been using for years but no Kitchenaid *sob*

    What a neat idea!

  5. Marie Burnett says:

    I have been making this relish for about 30 yrs. The recipe was handed down from my grandmother. Everyone in our family loves it.

  6. Oh, I’ll have to try this sometime soon!

  7. That looks so much easier than the boiling method I’ve been doing. YUM!

  8. Sophie S says:

    We have a ton of cranberries right now so this would be perfect to whip up and can!

  9. Schmidty says:

    That food grinder attachment looks like it could do some serious work.

  10. Cheryl says:

    Cranberries are SO healthy for us; can’t wait to win this mixer to make this relish!!

  11. angie says:

    I so know I want a kitchen aid now one of my all time favorites is cranberry relish I would love to make my own the way my mom does

  12. Pam L. says:

    my favorite dish for this holiday season is cranberry relish, I usually add walnuts and celery.

  13. mamabunny13 says:

    I love cranberry relish and would like to try making it at home
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  14. My boyfriend would have gone crazy over this recipe! We just had plain old cranberry sauce from the can and he loves that! SO I could only imagine his reaction to this! YUM!

  15. Debi Hubbard says:

    This looks really good. I bet this would be good with finely chopped apples too!

  16. I actually hate cranberries, but the hubby has kidney stones, so maybe I will make this for him!

  17. This looks very simple and delicious. We have always done the canned cranberry jelly (which I have to admit, I really like). This would be a great thing to add to our Thanksgiving dinners!

  18. I have made this exact recipe many times! Very good.

  19. Cranberry salad is one of my favorite tastes of the holidays. THis looks great because the way I do it is a pain.

    I’m always up for a new way to eat cranberries, too. Yum!

  20. Mellissa C says:

    I love to make Fresh and simple recipes. I will be making this soon!

  21. phaltu kachra says:

    I love the fruit grinder coz I grind ginger and chille to make a paste!

  22. That cranberry relish looks so much more appetizing than the canned stuff. The canned stuff is so bitter, but I bet the sweetness of the oranges and sugar make it so much better!

  23. This recipe looks yummy!

  24. I love this kind of cranberry relish and also cranberry salad. Yummy!

  25. Alex H. (Lexigurl) says:

    I have never made this but I feel confident I could watch your video and make something half-decent.

  26. Heather H. says:

    3 ingrediants for this yummy dish, that’s amazing. The food grinder is an amazing attachment, I like how easy it really is to use-I could make this tonight (if I had a KitchenAid mixer)

  27. Jennifer H says:

    Oh this would of been great for Turkey day!

  28. I love the tutorial video!

  29. Maureen Timerman says:

    I make this yummy recipe, only I add in one ground apple.

  30. Jennifer says:

    Man….I want a KitchenAid Stand Mixer so much! It would help save so much time cooking.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Sorry for the duplicate comments, I posted the comment on here before I did the required entry.

    Man….I want a KitchenAid Stand Mixer so much! It would help save so much time cooking.

  32. Yummy – same ingredients as mine just different instructions. I’ll try yours next time to make my cranberry relish.

  33. ashley says:

    I’ve never made cranberry sauce before in need to try this.

  34. Wendy W says:

    I’ve never liked cranberries but my mom and her family do, and since I do Thanksgiving I’ve wanted to include them. This looks like a recipe I could try. ONly wish I had the mixer/grinder.

  35. Jenette says:

    I made real cranberries this year for the first time. I agree much better. But adding orange to it…nice twist….I must try!

  36. the fresh cranberries make all the difference! Awesome!

  37. Angela L. says:

    That looks fantastic and so easy. I love fresh cranberry sauce! Thanks for sharing!!!

  38. I have never been fond of cranberries. Just something I couldn’t quite get to agree with my palette, but I like the picture up there of the mixer with grinder attachment for meat. Oh boy, would that come in handy for us. No more hand grinder.

  39. Angela Willis says:

    This is the way that I make cranberry relish. Next time try adding a 1/2 cup of ginger ale,
    It helps the cranberry pop in the pan, and tastes great!

    Angela W.

  40. Nicole S. says:

    I love cranberries…. this is going on my list to try!

  41. Looks great! I usually only use the orange zest as a finisher but this recipe looks awesome!

  42. Oh, this looks so easy! I eat a gluten-free diet, so this would be just fine to eat!

  43. Eileen says:

    I also never cared much for cranberries but with the orange flavor and some sugar to sweeten, I think i’d like them. I do love them in jello salads and my mom just got a GREAT cranberry layered cake dessert recipe , so would be nice to have an attachment like this for so many recipes. I know kids would have to stay clear from the mixer when doing this but theyd get a kick out of making this and seeing the attachment work those cranberries like that. Wow …you do such nice vids…I I’d be so nervous!

  44. katklaw777 says:

    We always had two kinds of relish on our holiday table, the canned jello kind for us kids and the fresh kind like you made.
    I must admit I did not try the fresh kind till much later in life…raw just didn’t look good to me.
    Now it is my favorite relish but my Mom-in-law always makes it and adds lemon rind and orange rind and a little bit of cinnamon. It is delish!

  45. Kristen says:

    This cranberry relish would taste so good on a turkey,cranberry,and stuffing sandwich!

  46. G Bailey says:

    Since Thanksgiving is past, I’m glad I’m seeing this recipe in time for Christmas!

    ceis8009 at yahoo.com

  47. I have the ingredients may have to make this

  48. I love cranberries, and this looks wonderful.


  49. I love cranberry relish, too. It is one of my favorite meal enhancements but had never considered just serving it ground up (not cooked). Of course, I didn’t have a convenient mixer/grinder to do it, either…

  50. Jessica Baldwin says:

    This looks yummy and I had no idea how simple these are to make. looking forward to trying this Christmas! My Dad will love this!

  51. I’ve been using cranberries like there is no tomorrow. I just LOVE them! Thanks for sharing!!

  52. Melissa O'Haver says:

    ohh i love cranberries!! that looks so good!!

  53. Samantha Polfer says:

    we <3 cranberries at our house!!!

  54. Laura H. says:

    When I was little my mom used to make homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays. Now that she’s gotten older she no longer makes it due to her arthritis so we have to “suffer” with the store bought stuff. With the KitchenAid mixer and food grinder attachment I could revive this holiday tradition–under my mother’s careful tutelage, of course!

  55. George Comstock says:

    Enjoyed your video. This has been one of my favorite uses of fresh cranberries for years. I use a food processor, and the oranges I seed but otherwise leave unpeeled. The bitterness inherent in cranberries and orange peels balances very well with the sweeteness and tart flavors.


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