This fresh, homemade cranberry relish recipe has been in my family for years. Sweetened only with pure maple syrup, it has a very special flavor. And it’s versatile – you can even use it in many different healthy dessert recipes. (It’s especially delicious in strawberry desserts).
Cranberries have health benefits too, and are great for many different elderly issues. You may be familiar with their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (per the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 1994) and kidney stones. But they’re also good for the stomach, promote good cholesterol levels, and being high in Vitamin C, may help prevent cancer.
So try this easy cranberry relish recipe for your next holiday or dessert. (and be sure to also check out our “dessert central” page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes
Maple Cranberry Relish Recipe
1 package of fresh (uncooked) cranberries
½ cup pure maple syrup
Other options: raisin, chopped apples, chopped pecans (carmelized pecans are also delicious)
Wash the cranberries in a strainer and then dump them into a sauce pan. You do not need to add water, because they will form their own juice. Some of the water left from washing will also add moisture. Also add in the maple syrup. If you are adding apples or raisins, put them in now.
Partially cover the pan with a lid, leaving a little crack. Turn the burner to Medium heat, and cook, stirring every five minutes or so after the sauce starts to heat up. The berries will start to pop open as they cook, making a juicy sauce. You can lower the heat to Medium Low when this starts.
It only takes about a half an hour to cook this cranberry relish recipe. But you can let it simmer for longer, especially if you’ve added in raisins and apples. When done, I mash the relish a little to make it smoother, yet still chunky. You could also put it through a blender if you want it very smooth. As the sauce cools it becomes a little thicker.
When I use pecans, I add them in at the end so they maintain their crunch. Some people like to “toast” the pecans first in a frying pan to make them crispy.
Try using this over ice cream, on toast, in pastry puffs, even in strawberry or apple pie! This easy cranberry relish recipe is one of my most versatile, and I use it all year round.
Also be sure to read:
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious! And many are perfect for adding cranberries to.