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Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish

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 Relish [1]1 (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 three 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!

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What else can you eat Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish with?

  1. Roasted chicken or pork
  2. Slather it on sandwiches to liven up boring lunch meat
  3. With Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast
  4. On vanilla ice cream for dessert!


Dorothy's Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish, photo by Greg Henry SippitySup.com

See anything else on our 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 [2]— 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 [3]— Denise Vivaldo – Food Fanatics Unwashed
SALADCrab, Avocado, Pomegranate Salad in Crisp Endive Leaves, topped with Creamy Tangy Pomegranate Dressing and Lemon Zest [4] — Rachael Hutchings – La Fuji Mama
POTATOGarlic and Herb Potato Gratin [5] – Dorothy Reinhold – Shockingly Delicious
CRANBERRYDorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish [6] – Dorothy Reinhold – Shockingly Delicious
SIDECaramelized Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts in a Buttery Cider Vinegar Glaze [7]— Greg Henry – Sippity Sup
SIDESpiced Roasted Root Vegetables with Carrots, Yams, Parsnips and Chippollini Onions [8]— Cheryl D Lee – Black Girl Chefs Whites
BREADCaramelized Shallot and Herb Focaccia [9]— Louise Mellor – Geez Louise
DESSERTKahlúa Sweet Potato Pie with Kahlua Whipped Cream [10] — Patti Londre – Worth The Whisk (Check me out in her photo, taking a picture of the table!)

Credit for Thanksgiving table photo on this page: Greg Henry from SippitySup.com

This article was originally published on Shockingly Delicious Nov. 16, 2011 and has been refreshed and republished Nov. 14, 2018.