Cranberry Relish in Orange Baskets


A creative way to display and enjoy cranberry relish.

Yield: 8 cranberry relish baskets

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package whole cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 8 medium oranges, rinsed, for baskets


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the water and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook until the sugar dissolves completely. Add the cranberries and bring the mixture back to a boil, stirring frequently until the cranberry skins burst and the mixture thickens.
  2. Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat, stir in the orange zest and orange juice, and set the mixture aside to cool. When the sauce has cooled, transfer it to a bowl, cover, and chill. Cranberry sauce may be made two days ahead.
  3. To create the orange baskets, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each orange to prevent it from rolling. Slice a wedge from the upper left and upper right sides of the orange, leaving a ½-inch-wide “handle” in the center for each basket. Using a paring knife, carefully remove the pulp under the “handle” and discard. With a small spoon or curved grapefruit knife, scrape the pulp from the interior of each orange basket and reserve for another use.
  4. Cover the orange baskets with plastic wrap and chill until shortly before serving. To serve, fill each basket with cranberry relish and place them around the turkey as a garnish.