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. Suzy says

    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. Donna B. says

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

    What a neat idea!

  3. 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.

  4. Sophie S says

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

  5. Cheryl says

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

  6. 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

  7. Pam L. says

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

  8. mamabunny13 says

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

  9. says

    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!

  10. Debi Hubbard says

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

  11. Tara says

    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!

  12. says

    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!

  13. phaltu kachra says

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

  14. says

    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!

  15. Alex H. (Lexigurl) says

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

  16. 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)

  17. Jennifer says

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Angela L. says

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

  22. says

    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.

  23. Becca says

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. Kristen says

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

  27. G Bailey says

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

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  28. says

    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…

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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.