Cranberry-Pear Relish Recipe

November 23rd, 2023

We love cranberry relish all holiday season long. While there are lots of recipes for cranberry relish out there, many are for purists. You know the ones: cranberries , sugar, and maybe a little orange. We prefer a relish that includes a variety of fruits representing the autumnal bounty!

Whichever you prefer, starting with fresh cranberries is a must, and Vermont Cranberry Company produces some fine berries on their pristine farmland in northern Vermont.

What You Need

  • 1 pound of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • Orange zest from 1 orange
  • 1 whole orange, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • In a medium-size heavy saucepan, combine cranberries and water. Cook over medium heat until cranberries burst, about 15 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 30 minutes.
  • Pour finished cranberry mixture into a bowl and stir in the nuts.

Cranberry Relish may be made up to two weeks before your holiday gathering—refrigerate covered. You may also freeze for up to 6 months. While the relish is great with roast turkey and chicken, it is also wonderful as a spread for sandwiches, mixed with softened cream cheese for a quick holiday dip, or spooned over yogurt.

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