High praise for my own recipe, but I call it like I see it. Ok, truth be told, this isn’t my own recipe – my mom found it on the back of a bag of cranberries somewhere when I was a kid, and we’ve been making it for Thanksgiving and Christmas ever since. It’s packed with fresh oranges, whole cranberries, antioxidants and zesty, tangy goodness. And it’s easy to make. Almost foolproof. I say almost because ever since the year that my brother kind of made it into a cranberry-orange slurpee, it’s been my job to make it.
It’s been years since I’ve seen that original recipe, since I just do it by feel now, but as I recall, it called for way more sugar. Over the years I’ve upped the orange juice concentrate levels to cut down the refined sugar. In all honesty, I think you could eliminate the sugar altogether, but I know my audience, and they are not ready. Cutting sugar by adding more orange juice changes the consistency (making it a little soupier and less like the relish it was originally), but it makes it healthier, and I think it improves the flavor. That tart-sweet cranberry-orange combo is a powerful thing.
As I said, I usually just feel my way through this, but his time I tried to pay attention to quantities for your benefit, so without further ado:
1 Bag Frozen Cranberries (600 g – or 21 oz)
3 Oranges (washed, ends cut off, and cut into quarters)
1 can (295 ml – or 10 oz) Orange Juice Concentrate
1/4 cup (or 60 ml) sugar
Blend a few orange wedges (peels and all) and a cup or so of cranberries in the food processor then remove them and place them in a bowl. Continue the process with the remaining orange wedges and cranberries until they are all thoroughly chopped (but not pulverized). Then add the orange juice concentrate and sugar to the bowl and stir thoroughly. (This time I just added the orange juice and sugar to oranges and cranberries in the food processor – which just makes everything a little soupier, if that is your preference.)
This will make enough to feed all your relatives and give you some left over to spread on your turkey sandwiches. You’re welcome.