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Best Molded Cranberry Relish
This molded cranberry relish always makes it on the menu for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Not only is it an easy cranberry and orange relish recipe, it may become your favorite Thanksgiving holiday side dish.
It’s not exactly my idea of a “relish” because it is quite sweet as a relish. Nor do I consider it a salad but some do. To me, it tastes more like Jello® dish full of yummy fruit to be enjoyed after all the savory flavors. It’s a clear gelatin version of whole berry cranberry sauce.
For Christmas 1972, I received a 768 page encyclopedic cookbook as a gift from my boss.
Along with the hefty book came a couple wishes from Dr. Schwartz. One was that I would, over the years, use it well and #2 that I would find at least one recipe which would become a family favorite.
Dr. Swartz, your wishes have come true.
At Thanksgiving in ’73, I prepared what I think is the best molded cranberry relish in cranberry Jello® and thick with fresh chopped cranberries and oranges. It has become a must have on our Thanksgiving table.
Removable center and top seals allow mold to release easily
My sister and a friend made the trip to North Carolina to visit and nearly polished off the entire mold between them! This molded cranberry relish tastes 10 x better than any canned or jarred version but just in case….
These days even if dinner happens to be at Great Grandma’s house, the relish better make the trip. It has become part of the must have selection of dishes.
The cranberry relish can be prepared in individual fluted molds but you might as well use that large 1 1/2 quart ring mold. The vintage kind.
It’s SO good, we serve it both as a salad or a dessert and of course, next to the turkey on Thanksgiving Day.