There are numerous cranberry relish recipes available for cooks to try, including cranberry orange, cranberry pomegranate, grapefruit campari, cranberry jalapeno, traditional cranberry and cranberry pear. It's common for relishes to be a mix of bright fruit or spice flavors to emphasize contrast.
Recipes for cranberry relish can be simple with only a few ingredients or more complicated with a long list of items. The type of relish a cook wants to fix depends on what the dish will be served with. Normally, cranberry relish or sauce is seen most commonly at the holidays and with turkey. More generally, the bird pairs well with sweet or spicy flavors, and its bland taste inspires cooks to include more unique combinations of relish in their holiday meals.
While many relish recipes have simple names that belie their complex ingredients. The Food Network's Cranberry-pear relish, for instance, requires a navel orange, brown sugar, kosher salt and pecans in addition to the expected cranberries and pear. Others, like the cranberry orange relish on the Oceanspray website, are very simple and only call for two or three ingredients, Only unpeeled seeded oranges, a package of frozen cranberries and sugar are needed for the cranberry orange recipe.