Cranberry Relish & The Perfect Leftover Sandwich

Some might call it jumping the gun, others will call it being well prepared, but regardless of how you spin it, today I’m sharing a recipe for cranberry sauce that is just begging to be on your day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. Seriously, it’s advisable that you squirrel some of this away in a hidden tupperware before the big meal, so you can really see what I’m talking about!



I know that cranberry sauce is, for many people, a totally forgettable component of the meal. This makes me sad because good cranberry sauce (not that gelatinous crap from a can) is freakin’ delicious and I hate that so many are missing out! I love this stuff so much that I smother my turkey in it instead of gravy. I know. Bold move, right?

This recipe is good because it’s easy to tweak for your own tastes. Every member of my immediate family does it just a little bit differently. I double the original recipe’s walnut content because I love the crunch. My sister cuts the sugar in half. My mom doubles the raisins and only does 1 & 1/2 cups sugar. I’ve had all versions and they’re all great!

Another reason why this recipe is a winner is because it’s best made the day before and left to chill overnight, so less hassle for you on the day of!


Cranberry Relish


16 oz washed cranberries

1 & 1/2 cups water

2 cups sugar

juice and zest of 1 orange

juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 apple, peeled and cut into small pieces

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts


Add the water and cranberries to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the berries pop.

Once the berries have popped, add the sugar, lemon juice/zest, orange juice/zest, apple, and raisins. Cook for about 10-15 more minutes.

Finally, add the chopped nuts. Remove from heat, and let chill completely in the fridge before serving.




And here’s the formula for the best ever Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich: Get two slices of bread and toast them. On one slice, spread some brie cheese (how cute are these little singles I found?!) and on the other, spread some cranberry relish. Heat these up in the oven so the cheese is melty and the relish is warm. Add some turkey and some sprouts, then sandwich everything together and devour. It’s literally perfection. I honestly look forward to leftovers more than the meal itself.


As always, it’s been SO fun sharing all of these! I hope you all have the best holiday tomorrow and know that I’m so very thankful for the people who think reading this little passion project of mine a worthy way to spend their time. ❤


One response to “Cranberry Relish & The Perfect Leftover Sandwich”

  1. So true that every version tastes great! Yum can’t wait for leftover sandwich…


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