Cranberry and Red Onion Relish – A Christmas Recipe

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Another recipe for you in today’s post. A lovely relish to get you into the festive spirit this December.

Every year I aim to make a selection of relishes, chutneys, jams and marmalade to give away as gifts. Last year I made Mango chutneyHomemade Limoncello, and Homemade Spiced Arancello. I think homemade products make special gifts for your loved ones and friends. 

This year I have been a busy bee 🐝 and have made a few different recipes for gifts. Remember my Green Tomato and Pear Chutney? Yup, that’s made enough to fill a few Christmas gift hampers and then some!
This time around I found a recipe with more of a festive vibe to it…Cranberry and Red Onion Relish. Perfect to add to my growing hamper.

Image of a jar of cranberry and red onion relish. Cranberries adorn the top of the jar, with a handful in front. Heart shaped Christmas wreath, and fairy lights in the background

Cranberry & Red Onion Relish

Being a novice still in the relish making business I headed to my ever faithful Australian Women’s Weekly book and found the lovely recipe for cranberry and red onion relish

Image of a recipe book (Australian Women's weekly) with a bookmark, butter in a small dish, a bowl of sugar and a bowl of sliced red onions.

Made up from a base of cranberries and red onion (obviously) it has an added kick of cloves and dried chilli flakes. The cloves really do give this recipe a festive taste, and the chilli a hint of a kick to set off the relish.

Image of many frozen cranberries.

The recipe states to cook the onions until softened however I wanted to give a bit more flavour to the relish. I opted to cook the onions a bit longer so that they were a bit more caramelised.

As with most chutneys and relishes, your kitchen (and house) may fill with the smell of vinegar. This recipe has a double whammy, calling for brown malt vinegar and balsamic vinegar. It is worth it though!

When the relish is made, you will need to seal them in jars. To do this, ensure that you have your desired jars cleaned in hot soapy water, rinsing off the suds. Place into your oven on a low temperature, they will dry and heat up. Keep them in the oven until the relish is ready, carefully removing them with a tea towel (or oven mitt) and spoon in the hot mixture. As the jars and mixture cools, you may hear your lids ‘pop’. This is a sign they are sealing.

Image of the top of an open jar of the cranberry and red onion relish. Gold lids in the background.

If you want to know how to make this yummy relish please see below:

The Relish Recipe:

-1KG Frozen Cranberries
-3 Large Red Onions (900g), thinly sliced
-440g Firmly packed Brown Sugar
-250ml Brown Malt Vinegar
-125ml Balsamic Vinegar
-50g Butter
-1tsp Coarse Cooking Salt
-4 Whole Cloves
-1/2 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Cook the Onions until soft.
2. Now, add the remaining ingredients into the pan.
3. Stir over heat, allow the sugar to dissolve.
4. Bring the mixture to boil.
5. Simmer on a low heat, leaving the pan uncovered. Stirring occasionally.
6. Cook for about 1 hour or until thick.
7. Using hot sterilised jars, pour in the relish and seal. 

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Image of a jar of cranberry and red onion relish, with cranberries on the lid and scattered in front. Christmas heart wreath and fairy lights behind the jar.

Will you be giving this relish a go? Let me know what you think if you do!
Feel free to leave me a comment below.

Thanks for reading,

6 thoughts on “Cranberry and Red Onion Relish – A Christmas Recipe

    1. Let me know if you do try it, and what you think of it! Chutneys are quite easy, but my word does the house smell of vinegar!

      Aimsy xoxo

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