Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish -

Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish


I love cranberries almost anyway you can serve them.  In fact, when I had the bakery, the staff had to restrain me because I had so many cranberry items on the menu.
I don’t know if it’s their tart taste, beautiful red jewel like color, or their ease of preparation.  I suspect it is all of them.  This quick to put together relish will keep in the refrigerator for a week, so make it ahead of time so you have one less thing to do on the day of service.  As an aside, we froze cranberries in season so we had them all year as we featured an appetizer sandwich of biscuits, brined roasted pork tenderloin topped with this relish.  It was always a huge hit – even with people not prone to cranberries.

1 12 ounce package fresh cranberries
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1/2 cup finely cut fresh pineapple
1/4 large orange

Pick over the cranberries to remove any bad one.  Place the cranberries, water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Continue to a full boil,  until most of the liquid  has evaporated.  Remove from the heat and add the
apricot preserves.  Cool completely at this point.  If you are in a hurry (as I am invariably)  quick cool by thinly spreading out on a plate. 

In the meantime, cut the orange including the rind into about 6 pieces.  Place in a processor  and process until very finely chopped.

Combine all, stirring well.  Store in the refrigerator up to a week.

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