December 1, 2008
Easy Orange Pinapple Cranberry Relish
This is my Grandmother's recipe... passed down for as long as she was cooking to all the cooks in our family. If you married into our family, you learned to make *this* cranberry sauce. You had to, since it's truly the only kind anyone in my family will eat. It's very tasty... delicious even, but I think the thing that makes this a family staple even more so is the tradition that surrounds it. This was Grandma's recipe and now that she's passed on, it's our way to honor and remember her. There are several of her recipes floating around my family like this, and no one in the family seems to stray from her standards on these few things. I rather like that fact. Sure, my Grandma's recipes were often times very simple and not at all fancy, but they were always good and always seemed to please anyone who was lucky enough to sit at her table. So, once again this Thanksgiving, I forwent all the fancy ways I could have made cranberry relish. I passed up the beautiful fresh ruby red jewels at the grocery and instead went to the canned fruit aisle... and on Thanksgiving day I served this wonderful, simple, delicious relish to my family and friends with all the love in my heart that my Grandma always showed us.
My Grandmother *always* added in very finely chopped celery to this relish. I still sometimes do as well, but my kids really prefer it without... so when they will be eating it, I leave it out. The celery sounds like a very odd addition, I know... but it adds a very nice crunch to the relish and the celery flavor isn't even noticed.
1 Large box (6 oz) Orange Jello
1 Large can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice
1 Large can (16oz) whole berry Cranberry Sauce
2 stalks celery diced VERY small (optional)
2 cups boiling water
1: Mix cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple (including the juice) and celery (if using) in a heat proof bowl. Set aside.
2: In a separate heat proof bowl, mix Jello powder and 2 cups boiling water and stir to dissolve.
3: Add Jello mixture to cranberry/pineapple/celery mixture and stir well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
4: When you are ready to serve, stir Jello mixture well to create a saucy consistency.