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Cranberry Orange Relish with Toasted Walnuts and Coconut

Cranberry Orange Relish with Toasted Walnuts and Coconut

Here’s hoping you had a lovely Thanksgiving along with the blessings of sharing a wonderful meal and happy times with family and friends.

As we finish up the leftovers around here, or in this case, remnants of two stuffed turkeys, one smoked ham, and including a few dishes prepared by guests, a feast with about 16 sides (you can get the idea in my photo below.) I’m now feeling rather exhausted and at the moment am hoping the quick run for a 16 ounce WaWa Pumpkin Spice Coffee might at least revive me for attending a surprise party in, well, in about 2 hours from now.


The tradition of the 2 stuffed turkeys each Thanksgiving began with the free supermarket turkeys offered upon spending a designated amount on groceries over the course of the year. Since the turkey feast is the one occasion that my own family loves leftovers, I thought preparing the free turkey would be a great way to provide leftover meals for the elder family members who also enjoy the turkey trimmings and sandwiches on the following day. This year, since we had 18 guests, I roasted both at the same time using my next door neighbors oven for the extra turkey.  Following the meal then, guests were provided with take-out size aluminum tins to fill to their hearts content, including all those specialties missed as leftovers when you aren’t the one hosting the occasion.


We had lots of the traditional favorites besides the turkey, stuffing, and gravy, including mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole (made by Mom,) with some newer additions to the table as well. Besides homemade cranberry sauce prepared with the assistance of my grandson, the J-Dude, I decided to get his opinion on changing out the Cranberry Orange relish a bit beginning with testing it in a small amount. The Dude thought our twist on Cranberry Orange Relish with Toasted Walnuts and Coconut was all the bomb, in a delicious way, that is. The combination went over better than ever, with barely any left in the bowl all said and done, following our Thanksgiving meal. With the holiday season now in official full swing, including lots of parties and more feasts ahead, I thought this little adapt of the old fashioned classic might be fun one to share. Your kids and grand kids can even help prepare it, and may even think it all the bomb too.

Cranberry Orange Relish with Toasted Walnuts and Coconut
An easy but nice twist on a favorite holiday classic.
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 3/4 pound fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked through of any stems
  2. 1 orange, both ends removed, cut in half, any seeds removed, then sliced
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, directions below, chopped fine
  5. 1/3 cup coconut, toasted, directions below
  1. Add walnuts to a small pan on low heat, cook a couple minutes, more or less, shaking pan until walnuts are scented and lightly colored, remove from heat immediately, transfer to a cutting board, cool, chop finely. Clean pan from walnuts and on low heat add the coconut, shaking or stirring coconut continuously until just beginning to develop a golden color, remove from heat immediately and transfer to a small bowl. Add cranberries to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until fine chopped, remove to a large glass bowl. Repeat the process with the oranges blending the chopped fruit with the cranberries, stir through the sugar. Add in the walnuts and coconut, stir, cover, and chill until serving.
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  1. Posted November 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful table you set, Peggy. You look like you belong in a magazine. Martha Stewart, eat your heart out. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I love the idea of having the takeout containers available. Have fun at your party tonight. 🙂
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    • Posted November 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Kelly. First time I didn’t use china and crystal for the holidays but the table looked quite festive and special nevertheless with everyone having a good time. I like the takeout containers and the elders really enjoy it as well, also making for an easier cleanup with everyone filling their own favs to take home. Hope you enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving. Talk to you soon!

  2. Posted November 30, 2015 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic spread! Just dropping by to say I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving and long holiday weekend!
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    • Posted November 30, 2015 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Phil! It was a really nice holiday with family and friends, hope you enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving weekend as well!

  3. Posted December 5, 2015 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    That truly is a feast! I love that you roasted an extra turkey for leftovers and that all the guests left with a brimming container. What a way to kick off the holiday season! The cranberry relish sounds wonderful, too.
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    • Posted December 5, 2015 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Teresa, Thank you! Thanksgiving was a special feast. I very much enjoy providing turkey and trimmings leftovers to the guests every holiday, especially to the elder family members who really enjoy and appreciate them. The Cranberry Relish twist was delicious and by virtue that a big bowl was nearly gone gives me the idea that the added ingredients makes it a keeper.

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