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Cranberry-tangerine relish

Cranberry-tangerine relish
Los Angeles Times

Thanksgiving dinner without cranberries would be as forlorn as if the turkey were missing. Not only are cranberries native to the U.S., recalling that first feast of local foods, but you need that tart-sweet flavor to punctuate all that richness. ... Read more

Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling time | Serves 12
Note: From Mary Ellen Rae, Times Test Kitchen recipe tester.
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 seedless tangerine
  • 1/2 cup sugar or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seed and pepper)

Step 1Rinse and drain the cranberries, discarding any bruised ones. Peel the tangerine and use a sharp paring knife to remove excess strings from the segments. Using the same knife, scrape the pith from the inside of half the peel and finely chop the peel. Measure out 1 tablespoon.

Step 2In a food processor, combine the cranberries, tangerine segments, the 1 tablespoon chopped peel, one-half cup sugar and the five-spice powder. Pulse 8 or 10 times to the desired coarse consistency. Taste and add more sugar if desired.

Step 3Spoon into a glass bowl, cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. Stir before serving.

Step 4Cranberry, vanilla bean and toasted almond relish: Omit the five-spice powder. Substitute the scraped seeds from half of one vanilla bean for the tangerine, and use brown sugar instead of white. After processing, remove the mixture to a bowl and pulse a peeled, cored and quartered Honey Crisp or Fuji apple with one-half cup toasted slivered almonds 4 to 5 times and combine with the cranberry mixture.

Step 5Cranberry, jalapeno and red onion relish: Omit the tangerine, sugar and five-spice powder and add 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno, one-fourth cup honey, 1 teaspoon minced lime peel and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Process; stir in one-fourth cup finely diced red onion and a pinch of salt.

Each serving:
50 calories; 0 protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 1 mg. sodium.
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