Friday, November 16, 2012

NPR Cranberry Relish

I finally have a new camera card.  It took forever to get here and when it arrived, we saw that it came from New Jersey -- no doubt delayed by Hurricane Sandy.

A few days ago Mr. Squash asked if we could make the "NPR Cranberry Relish" that we always hear being made each year around this time.  Actually, it is a recipe from NPR's Susan Stamberg's mom.  She calls it Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish.

This is Mr. Squash's "preferred" cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.  He loves it when it comes out of the jar whole with the can ring impressions still on it!  I have a feeling there are a lot of others who feel the same way.

We'll have both this year and I'm going to show you how to make Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish.  Start by washing two cups of fresh cranberries. 
 Place the washed berried in your food processor.

Add a small chopped onion.  At this point you're supposed to pulse the two together for a chunky grind.  I forgot to do this, but it didn't seem to be a problem in the end.  Add 3/4 cup sour cream (I use Daisy Light sour cream). 

 Finally add a half cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of horseradish (whichever kind your prefer).  
 Pulse this all together until you have a fairly rough grind -- you don't want it to be smooth.
Place the sauce in freezer containers and freeze until the morning of Thanksgiving when you want to take it out and put it in the refrigerator to thaw.  Susan says it should have a few icy slivers left in it.  She says it has a tangy taste and is great on leftover turkey sandwiches!

We have friends from Oregon coming for Thanksgiving and staying the weekend.  What are you doing?

17 comments:

Stephanie said...

Onions in cranberry relish? Interesting. I happen to have horseradish. Might have to make "new" cranberry relish this year.

Lynn said...

This sounds like a winner Candace! Turkey sandwiches are my favorite leftover and this recipe looks good and easy.

Mary said...

I also,have certain family members that like the sauce with the "ring around the can" marking. That's why I always offer to bring the cranberries! I like them made fresh!

ferne said...

Sounds like something I will have to try! I already made a batch of cranberry sauce which I have almost finished by putting in my yogurt for lunch. This year I added quince to it since we had so many. I thinks this sounds great for sandwiches though! We are going to enjoy a nice quiet Thanksgiving by ourselves since I have to work the next day...I will probably stay in my sweats all day, build a fire and watch a parade while I sew. We will do family stuff between the holidays sometime.

Lesley said...

Looks wonderful! As a Canadian, we have already celebrated Thanksgiving, but I will be sure to think of my blog friends across the border as you all celebrate your special day!

Carrie P. said...

Yum! My #2 son and wife are having us over for their house for Thanksgiving. Her parents will be there too. Should be fun.

Kaaren said...

Looks and sounds yummy. Maybe Mr. PQ will like this instead of the traditional cranberry sauce which he finds "too sweet". Anything with horseradish has to be good!

Thanks for sharing!

Kat said...

Haha, I feel exactly the same as your husband! While my mother will concede to canned berry-free cranberry sauce she always tries to chop it up with a spoon to make it more "presentable"! I prefer it in the whole log with the rings showing. The last couple of years we've had both the can shaped variety and a mashed up kind with berries in it.

pratima said...

Thank you, Candace for a yummy recipe! Thanksgiving is here already! It is a perfect time to try some new and delicious recipes :)

Sheila said...

I may have to make this relish, it looks delicious! PS, my husband also also loves the jelled cranberry.

Louise said...

Sounds perfect for gobbler sandwiches,..i had one the other day when my husband and I went out to lunch. It had cream cheese with diced cranberries mixed in. I make mine with fresh cranberries, orange incliding a bit of orange rind an sugar to taste..it has always been a hit. Happy Thanksgiving!

Karen said...

How interesting; I would not have thought to add horseradish and onions! I wonder if this is what my grandmother always made. Looks similar but I think she had marshmallows. I'm going to look that up in the family books! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mr. Squash! :)
Love,
karen

AnnieO said...

Oh my. Well, I'm not a cranberry fan but it sure sounds interesting! Hope it all gets eaten up :)

Jane Holbrook said...

Love it! It is a wonderful recipe! It makes a turkey sandwich gourmet. Thanks for posting this. I live outside of NPR airwaves, and Sirius XM does different NPR programs. Going to dinner with the neighbors, so I'll cook some cranberry relish for us on the weekend. Happy Sewing!

Houseelf said...

What an unusual recipe. It sounds good though with horseradish in it. We're fans of hot horseradish sauce here.

Needled Mom said...

I had to chuckle at the canned sauce as we used to fight over who would get the piece with the rings on it when we were younger. Too funny!

rickbarbara said...

Hi candace...our reciepe
1 bag of cranberries
1 orange cut in large pieces with the rind on
1 cup sugar
Pulse in chopper till relish.
keep cold..it is fantastic.