Cranberry Relish Two Ways

I have included two different recipes,  one has a little liqueur in it which was Gene’s favorite and the other version does not.  Both use fresh cranberries and have a nice orange flavor that goes perfectly with the cranberries.

Cranberry Relish with Grand Mariner

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries – pick out any bad ones
  • 2 tbsp. Triple Sec or Grand Marnier

Bring water, sugar, orange zest and salt to a boil in a medium sauce pan, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.  Stir in cranberries and return to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until the cranberries have popped open.  Remove  from the heat and stir in orange liqueur.   Cool and refrigerate for up to 7 days.  Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

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Molded Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 lb. fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Lightly coat the inside of a 1 quart ceramic mold (see picture below) with a cooking spray.  In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, bring cranberries, sugar, orange zest, orange juice, salt and 2/3 cup water to boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have burst.

Pour 2 tbsp. water into a small bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin.  Let stand until gelatin softens and swells, 5-10 minutes.

Spoon 1/2 cup juices from cranberries into gelatin; stir to dissolve.  Then stir gelatin mixture into cranberries; pour into prepared mold and cool to room temperature.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

To unmold, dip mold into a large bowl of warm water so water reaches almost to rim of mold.  Leave for a minute; then remove.  Run a small paring knife or spatula around the inside of mold.  Invert mold onto platter; shake gently and lift off mold.  If it does not pop out with the first try, put the mold back in the warm water and try again.

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