Cranberry & Pear Relish

Need a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table? This is a great addition and so much better than the cranberry sauce out of a can.  Which if you can believe it, my husband is absolutely in love with the canned, he says it’s his favorite part of Thanksgiving! I’ve tried and tried to break him of it but he just loves it, so I get it for him and make this fresh kind for myself and everyone else.   I loved the combination of flavors and textures in this relish.  It has pecans, pears, onion and of course cranberries.  It tastes great by itself or on top of turkey or dressing, plus it adds such a pretty color to the table! Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving! What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Cranberry & Pear Relish
Source: Cooking Channel

1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 of a medium sweet onion, cut in a 1/4 inch dice (can use shallots)
2 tbsp. apple juice
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped and toasted
2 green onions, sliced
1 pear, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4 inch matchsticks
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
dash of lemon juice

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add in onions and cook  until soft and translucent, approximately 2 minutes.  Sprinkle in ginger and stir to combine.  Add in apple juice and vinegar and simmer until liquid is almost absorbed, approximately 3 minutes.  Add in the sugar, lemon zest, cranberries & 1/2 cup water.  Heat over medium heat and bring to a simmer.  Cook for approximately 20 minutes, until cranberries start to burst and liquid becomes syrupy and thick.  Transfer mixture to a medium sized bowl and allow to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, add pecans to a small skillet and heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until they become fragrant. This just takes a few minutes.

Once mixture has cooled slightly, stir in the pecans, green onions, pears, salt & pepper.  Add a dash of lemon juice, if desired.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and allow to chill at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Be Sociable, Share!


  1. hahaha my hubby loves it from the can too…with the “rings” ugh…this looks SO much better and so fresh!
    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease recently posted..carrot cake muffinMy Profile

  2. i love trying new kinds of cranberry sauce. this sounds amazing & so unique. i usually make a pretty basic relish with just citrus fruits & cranberries.
    sarah k @ the pajama chef recently posted..Menu PlanMy Profile

  3. This looks so delicious!! Can you bring it to my house for Thanksgiving??

  4. What a gorgeous relish! I’d love some of this on our Thanksgiving table this year – YUM!
    amy @ fearless homemaker recently posted..Homemade Cheez-ItsMy Profile

  5. I hadn’t thought of using pears in my cranberry sauce but I love it. Beautiful & would be a great addition to any meal.

  6. The pears in this sound great, along with those pecans for some crunch! Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kerstin recently posted..Chocolate Pecan Banana BreadMy Profile

  7. Hehe… I like the stuff out f the can too, but I also love the homemade kind and this looks incredible!! Pinned! 🙂
    Sue recently posted..Five Things I’m Thankful ForMy Profile

  8. Carole’s Chatter is collecting links for jams, jellies and relishes today. This is a nice one. I do hope you pop over and link in. This is the link . Cheers