Thursday 27 December 2007

Cranberry and Chilli Relish

This pickle, or relish, is one I turn to every year. We all reach for the cranberry sauce or jelly on Christmas Day, but I find them a little too sweet on a savoury plate for my palate. And once you have had a spoonful on your plate, it tends to sit in the fridge, slowly making its way to the back until discovered the following Christmas. I prefer something sharper, which means it can be used over the Christmas fallout with cheese and cold meats or even stirred into a soup. Packed with spice and fruit, it improves with age and makes that leftover plate a little more classier.

Cranberry and Chilli Relish
Makes 1 large jar

2 onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
3 tbsp olive oil
50g demerara sugar
250g cranberries, washed
Zest and juice of 2 satsumas
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
150ml cider vinegar
Salt and pepper

1 - Heat up the oil in a large pan then add the onions and garlic. Soften for 5 minutes, then add the sugar. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes until golden
2 - Tip in the spices, then stir in the cranberries, zest and juice and finally the vinegar. Bring to the boil then turn down and simmer with the lid half on for 30-40 minutes until everything is well reduced and the cranberries have completely burst and released their juices. You are looking for a thick, jammy texture.
3 - Remove the cinnamon stick. Grind in a little salt and pepper. Pour into a sterilised jar. This will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months, if it lasts that long.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love the spiciness of this cranberry sauce. I have bookmarked it to keep it in mind for next year.

Rosie said...

Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I have saved it to try out at a later date. It's Christmas in a jar!!

Wishing you a Happy new Year.

Rosie x

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That sounds good, but no turkey for me thanks, I think I would have it with a spot of cheese!

Charlotte Hume said...

Happy Christmas David and family!
Hope you had a good break.

Anonymous said...

David - this relish sounds amazing. I think that I have all of the ingredients in the fridge. It will be great with the turkey I'm making on Tuesday.

David Hall said...

Hi all, it goes great with cheese and is generally what I eat it with. Or any cold meats.

Hope you all had a fantastic Xmas and enjoy your New Year.

David x

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