Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

My favorite thing about “holiday food” is cranberries. I love cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry muffins, cranberry everything. I think they’re incredibly beautiful and I love their super tart-tangy flavor. So, when I saw this Roasted Cranberry Sauce from Bon Appétit in my Instagram feed the other day, I knew I had to make it. After all, it combines my favorite cooking method (roasting) with my favorite holiday ingredient. But, as luck would have it, cranberries are still fairly expensive right now. So I decided to sub half the cranberries with apples (more than half apples, really) and changed up the seasonings to be apple-pie-ish. I’m absolutely loving the results. This Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish is a thick, jam-like side dish that is deep and flavorful. It almost reminds me of a chutney.

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

A white casserole dish full of Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish with cinnamon sticks and apples on the sides.

How to Serve Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

So, if you’re like me, and you don’t really do Thanksgiving or big holiday dinners, you can still use this amazing Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish. You can use it almost anywhere you’d use a jam.

I like it on bagels with cream cheese (it’s like a cranberry cheese cake!), you can scoop it over goat cheese as an appetizer, or you can make a delightful baked brie that will be sure to impress all your friends at holiday parties (pile the relish on a wheel of brie, wrap in puff pastry, and bake until golden).

Or you can just use it to top grilled meat. It would be great with chicken, but fruit compotes always go wonderfully with pork. I’m thinking it would be great on my Herb Roasted Pork Loin!

So there you have it. A super fall-inspired oven roasted apple cranberry relish that is good for way more than just a Thanksgiving side!

 
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5 from 7 votes

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish is a thick, jam-like condiment whose uses go far beyond the Thanksgiving table. 
Keyword: Side Dish, Thanksgiving Recipe
Total Cost: $5.79 recipe / $1.45 per half cup
Author: Adapted from Bon Appétit
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries ($2.79)
  • 3 medium apples* (about 1.5 lbs.) ($2.58)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ( $0.32)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves ($0.03)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice ( $0.02)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Wash the cranberries and place them in a large 8x13-inch casserole dish (2-3 quart dish). Peel, core, and cut the apples into cubes roughly the same size as the cranberries. Place the cubed apples in the dish with the cranberries.
  • To the apples and cranberries add the brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and lemon juice. Toss the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Roast the fruit in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until it is a thick, jam-like consistency. Stir the mixture once at 30 minutes, and again at 45 minutes to check doneness. Taste the relish and adjust the sugar or lemon juice if needed. Serve warm or refrigerate for later.

Notes

*I suggest using an apple variety that is sweet or sweet-tart, but avoid very tart varieties like granny smith. I used Gala apples, which are fairly tart, mainly because they were the best price at the market. The sweetness of the dish can be adjusted as needed.
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A bowl of thick Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish with a black spoon dug in, cinnamon sticks and apples on the side.

Close up of Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish in the casserole dish, viewed from the front.

Step by Step Photos

Raw apples and cranberries in the casserole dish

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Wash a 12oz. bag of cranberries then place them in an 8×13″ casserole dish (or a 2-3 quart dish). Peel, core, and dice three medium apples (about 1.5 lbs.) Try to make the apple pieces roughly the same size as the cranberries. Place the apples in the dish with the cranberries. You can use any variety of apple, but I suggest a sweet or sweet-tart variety. You can adjust the sweetness of the dish after it bakes. I used Gala apples, which are fairly tart, but only because they were the best price and best quality of what was available to me at the market that day.

Cranberries and apples tossed in Brown Sugar and Spices in the casserole dish

To the apples and cranberries add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, and 1 tsp lemon juice. Toss the ingredients until everything is evenly combined.

Finished Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish in the casserole dish

Roast the fruit in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until it turns into a thick jam-like mixture. You’ll want to stir the fruit after about 30 minutes, and then again at 45 minutes to determine doneness. After baking you can taste the mixture and adjust the sugar or lemon juice if needed.

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish being scooped out of the casserole dish with a black spoon.

The relish is thick, aromatic, and absolutely lovely! Because the fruit kind of shrinks as it roasts, this recipe only makes about 2 cups. If you’re making it for a crowd on Thanksgiving, I would definitely double the recipe.

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish in a white bowl with a black fork, on a patterned napkin, apples and cinnamon sticks on the side.

But I get to keep allllll this goodness to myself! :D