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Cheri asked me to share a favorite family recipe for the holidays. We have so many, but here’s a recipe that I generally only break out at Thanksgiving (oops, belated!), yet I use it throughout the winter months.

Cranberry Pear Relish Recipe

My Cranberry Relish pops with vibrant shades of red and is sweet and tart with a rich cinnamon undertone. This isn’t a cranberry relish just for Thanksgiving, it would go great with any meal throughout the holidays!

Cranberry Pear Relish Recipe

The recipe is easy, quick, doubles well & freezes even better!

Cranberry Pear Relish Recipe

This could dress up any poultry or pork dish and makes a really nice hostess gift too!

Happy holidays & bon appetite!


Cranberry-Pear Relish Recipe
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Holiday
Serves: 4
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries (3 cups)
  • 2 firm, medium red pears, cored and chopped (2 cups)
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 4-inch stick of cinnamon
  1. In a 4-quart sauce pan, bring the water and sugar to a rapid boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
  2. CAREFULLY add the cranberries, pears, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon stick. Let the mixture return to a boil.
  3. Cook 3-4 minutes until the cranberry skins pop. Remove from heat and remove the cinnamon stick before serving. Let the relish cool before transferring to a container.
  4. Refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 9 mos.