• Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish

    by Dorothy Reinhold on November 16, 2011

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    I am the candied ginger queen!  Whether it is ginger scones, gingered lemonade or gingered tuna salad (try it!), I think many things are improved by the well considered addition of some sweet-hot candied ginger. It’s even good just by itself, as sort of a candy to suck on.

    Stir some into fresh cranberries and you’ll have a bright, fresh relish that will add a hot spark of life to your holiday turkey dinner plate.

    This relish made a big splash at my Thanksgiving table a few years back, and I ended up not only eating it with the bird on the big day, but with roasted chicken and pork later. I also put it on sandwiches (it can really liven up boring lunch meat), and even dolloped it on a bowl of cottage cheese when I was trying to be virtuous days later.

    Sunset Magazine Nov 2005It’s just wildly good as it sits around in the refrigerator and gets more and more complex.

    I’m proud to say my recipe has a bit of a pedigree (warning…shameless boasting ahead!). It was a finalist – one of the top 15 recipes out of 7,000 entered – in the Sunset Magazine Thanksgiving in the West 2005 Recipe Contest. Not too shabby for my five simple ingredients!

    I brought this relish and my heady Garlic and Herb Potato Gratin dish to an early Thanksgiving feast with fellow L.A. food bloggers, and we all gobbled it down with our bird. You can see the whole array of delicious recipes at the bottom of this page.

    Try my relish at your feast this year, and let me know how you like it.

    Recipe: Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish

    Summary: Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish is a bright, zippy, raw, fresh relish that will add a hot-sweet spark of life to your Thanksgiving or holiday turkey dinner plate.


    • Dorothy's Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
    • Zest of one lemon
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 cup finely minced crystallized ginger


    1. Wash cranberries in a colander, remove and discard any bruised or soft berries and pat the berries dry on paper towels.
    2. Add cranberries, lemon zest, sugar and ground ginger to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the berries are finely chopped (do not allow it to become puree). Pulse in the minced crystallized ginger and spoon mixture into a covered container. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours so the sugar infuses the berries. (If you serve it right away, the sugar will still be gritty.) You may make it a day or two before, and it will be all the better for it.
    3. Makes about 3 cups. Serves about 12 (1/4 cup per serving). Oh, who are we kidding? It serves 6, maybe 8 at my house!

    Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

    Diet tags: Low fat, Gluten free, Raw

    Number of servings (yield): 12

    Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)

    My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

    Leftovers?: Eat it with roasted chicken or pork. Slather it on sandwiches (it can really liven up boring lunch meat). Dollop it on a bowl of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt. Heck, spoon it over vanilla ice cream!

    Dorothy's Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish

    See anything else on the Thanksgiving table you might like?

    Here are the recipes for our whole feast, prepared by some of Los Angeles’ finest food bloggers. All of their recipes and sites are worth a visit. Tell ‘em I said hi!

    APPETIZERCrispy Yukon Gold Latkes with Harvest Fruit Puree — Tori Avey — The Shiksa in the Kitchen (Check me out in the maroon shirt in her photo, waiting my turn to take a photo of the table.)
    TURKEYThe Perfect Turkey and Sugared Fruit — Denise Vivaldo – Food Fanatics Unwashed
    SALADCrab, Avocado, Pomegranate Salad in Crisp Endive Leaves, topped with Creamy Tangy Pomegranate Dressing and Lemon Zest — Rachael Hutchings – La Fuji Mama
    POTATOGarlic and Herb Potato Gratin – Dorothy Reinhold – Shockingly Delicious
    CRANBERRYDorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish – Dorothy Reinhold – Shockingly Delicious
    SIDECaramelized Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts in a Buttery Cider Vinegar Glaze — Greg Henry – Sippity Sup
    SIDESpiced Roasted Root Vegetables with Carrots, Yams, Parsnips and Chippollini Onions — Cheryl D Lee – Black Girl Chefs Whites
    BREADCaramelized Shallot and Herb Focaccia — Louise Mellor – Geez Louise
    DESSERTKahlúa Sweet Potato Pie with Kahlua Whipped Cream — Patti Londre – Worth The Whisk (Check me out in her photo, taking a picture of the table!)

    Credit for main photo on this page: Greg Henry, SippitySup.com

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