Cranberry Pear Relish

November 21, 2011 by Ali

Somehow my small group’s Thanksgiving feast happened to fall on a crazy-busy workday this year, leaving me pretty much zero time for any prep on my dinner contribution.

But not to fear!

Dum dah dum…

Behold, my 3-minute cranberry-pear relish to the rescue!

I’m not kidding. It took me more time to pull out the food processor than to actually make this one. Just zest an orange, toss everything else into the food processor, and voila! A colorful, delicious, and creative twist on cranberry relish is ready in minutes. And, it’s also perfect for leftovers on turkey sandwiches! Definitely a yummy and speedy recipe to bookmark.

Cranberry Pear Relish


  • 1 orange
  • 1 bag cranberries
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


Zest the orange, then peel and cut roughly into wedges. (Discard the peel.)

Add the orange wedges and zest, cranberries, pear, sugar and and salt to a food processor, and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to two days. Just before serving, stir in pecans.

Ali’s Tip:

Add in a few pieces of candied ginger for an extra sweet and spicy kick!


Adapted from the Food Network.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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3 thoughts on “Cranberry Pear Relish

  1. This looks/sounds great (and so easy)!

    - Patricia

  2. Yum! This sounds like a perfect alternative to cranberry sauce. I love the addition of pecans!

    - Cassie

  3. Yum! That looks great. But I’m having a mental block this morning. Besides turkey sandwiches, what would this accompany? Regardless, I might go pick up a pear and an orange (already have the cranberries and pecans!) and experiment. :)

    - Leanne