After you’ve thawed, bathed, brined, rubbed down and slathered with butter your turkey before it goes in the oven to get cooked and exit with a beautiful tan, you can’t let it sit alone on a plate without a delicious, vibrant cranberry relish! Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish is just what that juicy turkey needs to feel complete adoration….like how a red scarf adds a pop of color to a white sweater!
The tangy tart from the cranberries mixed with the sweet pineapple juice, freshly grated ginger, lemon zest and ground cloves is a wonderful flavor combination! Plus, it only takes minutes to prepare and freezes really well! Your homemade Thanksgiving turkey deserves homemade cranberry relish.
This Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish was featured on Good Housekeeping 12 Cranberry Relish Recipes to Make This Thanksgiving in both 2017 and 2018!
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Juicy turkey breast adorned with fresh, flavorful cranberry relish gives the turkey a little extra goodness! The deep, rich red color is so festive for the holidays too.
Add a little herb stuffing (or as they say in the wonderful south-dressing) on your plate with sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, a little Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie and you’ll have yourself a Thanksgiving feast! I just love southern hospitality and all the great tasting comfort food!
How to Make Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish
The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.
Using a food processor, add a 12 oz bag of fresh whole cranberries and set to low for about 30 seconds or pulse until minced. Remove minced cranberries from the food processor and put them into a 1 qt bowl. Mix in 1/3 of a cup of white granulated sugar, zest of half of a lemon or 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp of freshly grated ginger, 2 oz of pineapple juice, and two dashes of ground cloves. Let it sit overnight but, three days will give it maximum flavor before serving. It’s so easy! Why buy canned cranberry relish?
This Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish is so flavorful, it just may cover up a dry turkey. You might want to bring it along to Thanksgiving dinner, if that may be the case.
The combination of flavors is perfect! I suggest letting the Cranberry Relish sit three days before serving it, so the flavors can marry.
This Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish freezes well too. Just put it in a Ziploc container and put it the freezer for several months. It’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
You could also use this cranberry relish to top Easy-to-Make Cranberry Pecan Brie Phyllo Appetizers. They’re so festive for the holidays. It’s a great way to use up leftovers.
When you spend days preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving, you want a colorful, tasty Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish to top your turkey. Remember, your turkey needs to feel adored! With only minutes to prepare ahead, this Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish will add the extra wow factor to your turkey. If it’s good enough to get on Good Housekeeping, it’s good enough for your Thanksgiving turkey! Right?
What is your favorite cranberry relish recipe?
This is tasty and easy-to-make Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish is great to make ahead for Thanksgiving Christmas or Easter as it freezes very well. It's a flavorful accompaniment to any turkey dinner!
- 12 oz fresh whole cranberries, rinsed
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp grated, fresh ginger or ¼ tsp of ground ginger
- 2 dashes ground cloves
Put cranberries in a food processor and set to low until minced (about 10 seconds.)
Put minced cranberries into a 1 qt bowl and mix in remaining ingredients. Let sit overnight but, three days will give it maximum flavor.
Store this Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for several months. This is great to make ahead for Thanksgiving or Christmas as it freezes very well.