last minute christmas dinner side dish

December 23, 2011 · 9 comments

in food, recipes, vegan

remember when i made cranberry sauce a couple weeks ago?

well it was good, but it wasn’t quite right. it was a bit too tangy because i used an entire orange peal. and it was missing the delicious spice of ginger that i wanted.

so i tried it again and this time i’ve got a keeper!

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i made this to suit my tastes, so it’s not quite as tangy and not quite as sweet as other versions. i left out the orange and lemon peel and reduced the sugar by about half compared to my first try. i also added in minced candied ginger, which was a great decision if i do say so myself!

cranberry relish

by sarah zinkel

prep time: 5 minutes

“cook” time: 2 minutes

ready in: 24 hours


  • 1 bag cranberries (12 oz.), rinsed and bad berries removed
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/4 lemon, peeled
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sucanat


  1. add cranberries, orange, and lemon to food processor. pulse until you reach desired consistency. i like mine to be almost liquidy, but if you like yours to be chunkier, stop sooner.
  2. in a large bowl, mix together processed fruit, sugar, and sucanat.
  3. refrigerate for 24 hours before serving to allow flavors to blend.

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this batch is more like it.

not too sweet. not too tart. just right.

and in case you’re scrambling for a fruity side dish for your christmas dinner, can i recommend this?


i am back in manitowoc for the long weekend! i arrived yesterday with jake and capone and surprised liz, but brad had to work, so he is arriving this morning! tonight we’re celebrating thanksgiving at my mom’s house since liz had to stay in california last month. i might have to whip up a batch of this cranberry relish to contribute to the meal…

christmas festivities begin tomorrow with brad’s side of the family. it’s going to be a family-filled couple of days and i can’t wait!


i also have a super fun announcement…

ou might notice that this little blog of mine is looking a bit different.

well, i am proud to reveal the new look for sarah learns and my new url:

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all of my old links should redirect to the new url, but if you wouldn’t mind updating your rss feeds, that would be wonderful!

things are still being tweaked a bit over here so you might see some changes in the next couple days, but i hope you enjoy the new look & that the change goes smoothly.

please let me know if you have any problems or suggestions with the change.

i will continue to try to create the best content possible and build my relationship with all of you readers here on sarah learns!

thank you for reading. :)

p.s. a huge shout out to julie for being awesome to work with on my blog redesign and the switch to self-hosting. she was wonderful to work with and really listened to my requests.


how do you prefer your cranberries on thanksgiving, christmas, or anytime? in aluminum can form? relish? or sauce?

i really like relish, but (even though it kind of grosses me out…) i still like canned cranberries too.

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Liz J December 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

Yumm! Looks delicious me dear.. can’t wait to try the one we made last night!


Sarah December 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

me too! i bet it won’t be as good… the candied ginger is the best part!


Liz J December 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

Spam? Is that what I am!
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Sarah December 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

mwahahaha. you were spammed again love!


Emily December 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Love the new design! Have a good Christmas! :)
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Emily December 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Love the new design! Have a great Christmas!


Sarah December 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

thanks emily – merry christmas to you! and hooray for your new kitchenaid mixer – i saw the photo on facebook! so exciting!


Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland December 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Love the new look! Congrats on going to self-hosted too!
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Sarah December 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

thanks lady! now i have to figure out how everything works with all of this new stuff…


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