Cranberry pomegranate relish (Virtual Vegan Potluck)

16 Nov

cranberries and other fruitYou know that cranberry relish that comes in (and tastes like) a can? Even as a kid, my jaw would drop when people slid that stuff out of the can, plonked it onto a plate, and actually put it on the Thanksgiving table…to serve to their guests…with the shape of the can, ridges and all, clearly–nay, proudly–displayed for all to see.

What the hell is up with that!!!???

Here is my simple remedy. It’s bright, it’s chunky, and it tastes not like metal, but like sweet/tart fruit. Serve with brown and wild rice, and your favorite chunky main dish (like roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts).

Cranberry Pomegranate Relish

  • 2 cups (or, really, one bag) fresh cranberries
  • juice from 1 large organic orange
  • 1/3 to 2/3 cup sugar or agave, to taste
  • peel from 1 large organic orange, finely grated
  • peel from 1 organic lime, finely grated
  • 1 big pomegranate
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped

Put the cranberries, orange juice, and 1/3 cup sugar or agave into a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over a low flame until slightly soft, about 10 minutes. While they’re still cooking, mash the cranberries with a potato masher until they’re no longer round, but are still chunky. Add the grated orange and lime peel, and more sugar to taste. Cook under a very low flame another 10 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, extract the nubbins—formally known as “arils”—from the pomegranate. (The Pomegranate Council can show you how to do this without making a mess.)

Turn off the heat. Mix in the pomegranate nubbins/arils. Spoon into a serving dish and chill in the fridge for a couple hours. Sprinkle walnuts on top before serving.

cranberry pomegranate relish

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27 Responses to “Cranberry pomegranate relish (Virtual Vegan Potluck)”

  1. luminousvegans November 16, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Yum, yum yum! This sounds so tasty! I can imagine eating this with so much stuff. On bread, on vegan “turkey”, or just by itself :-)

  2. Poppy November 16, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    This sounds delicious! Your go back link doesn’t work, it should be

  3. rebeccajanearmstrong November 16, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Oh i absolutely want to eat this with everything! xx

  4. Adrienne November 16, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    This is beautiful!

  5. creativespin November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Ack! Thanks–the link should work now.

  6. creativespin November 16, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m eating it with pumpkin muffins this morning!

  7. Unprocessed People November 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I’ve never worked with Pomegranate before, but this is inspiring me to try!

  8. Poppy November 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    No it still doesn’t work. The date in your link is wrong. You need to delete the link and replace it with this one;

  9. An Unrefined Vegan November 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    HAha! Oh yes I totally agree! What IS that stuff in the can?! I’ll take a large helping of yours, please!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the Potluck – so fun!

  10. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) November 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    That looks so good! I love anything with either cranberries or pomegranate, so put them together (and add citrus zest and walnuts—yum!) and I’m sure I would absolutely love this relish!

  11. Liane November 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    I love the colour, I love pomegranate and I love relish :) this is perfect.

  12. creativespin November 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Ah, both the text link and the image link are updated now. Ohlala!

  13. Poppy November 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Yayyy!! Fabulous!! :D

  14. Ally November 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    The canned stuff sounds revolting! I was giggling at your description.
    Your relish, on the other hand, looks totally stunning! :)

  15. creativespin November 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks, Ally–and (except for the mildly labor-intensive pomegranate peeling) it’s so easy to make there’s no excuse!

  16. gigiveganville November 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    ha ha! yeah that canned stuff was junk. Never understood that either. and gelatinous to boot. Not like yours though fresh and delicious looking and without the ridges.

  17. Laura November 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    I am definitely adding this to my Thanksgiving list! Yum!

  18. Maggie Muggins November 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I can luckily say that I never grew up with that canned shaped “sauce”. This relish sounds like the perfect thing for Thanksgiving, so yummy!

  19. sweetveg November 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Looks delicious! I love sweet and tart cranberries on so many things! Yum. You just reminded me to go out and get the ingredients to make some. I love your addition of lime. Thank you!

  20. creativespin November 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    It’s great on muffins and waffles as well as savory dishes. Enjoy!

  21. Nikki Spigner November 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Yumtastic!!! This is gorgeous and my mouth is seriously watering, reading the recipe and looking at the pics. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  22. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} November 27, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    This looks excellent! I love fresh cranberry sauce, no can for me please! Happy VVP!

  23. creativespin November 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks, Anna–same to you!

  24. uberdish November 28, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Your relish looks so delicious! I’m thinking it would look lovely over the holidays on top of some homemade crackers with a smooth vegan cheese.

  25. Keely @ Gormandize December 1, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    Home made cranberry sauce is THE BEST. I love the addition of pomegranate too, fantastic idea. I think I might try that at my family Xmas this year.


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