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Spicy Cranberry Pear Relish


This wonderful cranberry-pear relish adds a nice sweet kick to any game meat or poultry dish.  It's also extremely easy: put everything in a pot and let it simmer.  The recipe can be cut in half for a smaller quantity.  (From Wild About Game by Janie Hibler, Broadway Books, 1998.)


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 7 pints


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 to 3 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 12-ounce bags of cranberries
  • 6 medium pears, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup


  1. In a large stainless steel pot, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, jalapenos, ginger and garlic, and sauté until translucent.  Add the vinegar, wine, brown sugar, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, coriander, cloves and nutmeg.  Simmer, stirring occasionally until syrup, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cranberries, pears, raisins and maple syrup.  Simmer for 20 more minutes.  (If a lot of liquid remains in the mix, strain it off into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce, then add back to the fruit mixture.)  Serve hot, cold or warm.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week.


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