With the holiday season upon us, many are dusting off the cookbooks and making extra trips to the store in an effort to prepare meals that will cause the dinning table to bow under the weight and our diners to bow down in awe of our epic food preparation. For all the hustle and bustle that is this time there is one thing that continually goes unnoticed: the cranberry sauce. That isn’t to say the sauce isn’t present, but with everything so special and extravagant about the meal don’t you think the cranberries deserve more then to be popped out for a can? As silly as it may seem an excellent cranberry dish can really make a meal flourish. This year I wanted to break out of the cranberry sauce box and make something really exciting and I found that in a cranberry apple relish. It is really very simple to make and the complexity of it will go well with nearly any holiday meal you plan.
Cranberry Apple Relish
1 cup cranberries
1/4 cup walnuts
3 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
Peel and core the apples and chop both the apples and cranberries. I used the smallest setting on my “chop wizard ” so mine appeared more diced then chopped. Heat apples, cranberries, brown sugar, and water. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Chop walnuts and add walnuts and cinnamon to the relish. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm or make it ahead and store in the fridge until needed.