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Cranberry Relish with Pomegranate, Pineapple & Orange

This recipe for Cranberry Relish with Pomegranate, Pineapple & Orange is so delicious, you’ll be eating it by the spoonful!  It’s sweet and only a tiny bit tart, so even the cranberry haters will enjoy it! 

Don't like cranberry sauce? You'll change your mind once you try this homemade from scratch, Cranberry, Pomegranate, pineapple and orange sauce recipe.

I went to a holiday potluck several years ago where I had the most awesome cranberry dish ever!  I’ve never even really liked cranberry jelly/sauce.  I think the cranberry sauces I’d had before didn’t have enough sugar in them or something because I do really like baked goods with cranberries. (In fact. some of my favorite treats to eat are cranberry orange scones, white chocolate cranberry cookies, Whipped Cranberry and Walnut Cream Cheese Recipe and cranberry breads.)

I bet if I’d have known the dish was a cranberry dish, I probably wouldn’t even have tried it, and I really would’ve missed out.

Since then, I have been keeping my eye out for recipes that seemed similar to that dish.  I was recently flipping through an old holiday ad magazine put out by my local grocery store and came across a recipe for Cranberry, Pomegranate and Tangerine Sauce.  

The photo that accompanied the recipe looked a lot like what I remembered, so I thought with a few additional ingredients, this could be a close match and I wanted to give it a try…  

So I made a Cranberry Relish with Pomegranate, Pineapple & Orange(with pecans).

Cranberry, Pomegranate Pineapple & Orange Sauce

I’ve never made anything with fresh cranberries before, I guess I always thought it would be too hard…  Not true! This stuff is like cranberry crack!  Oh my gosh, so good!

Both of my little ones tasted it and really liked it, we were all eating it straight from the bowl.  I will definitely be taking this cranberry dish to our Thanksgiving potluck with the boy scouts tomorrow.  (We sampled it a bit too much though and I’ll have to make another trip to the store for more cranberries.)

The recipe didn’t actually turn out like the recipe I had so long ago.  This recipe is more of a relish and I think the other dish must have been a jello-based recipe.  It probably had additional fruit, maybe apples, and who knows what else.  But this recipe is definitely a keeper and will be making many appearances on our future holiday menus! *update: I have finally figured out that amazing Cranberry Jello Salad Recipe.

Homemade cranberry sauce recipe


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Cranberry Pomegranate, Pineapple and Orange Sauce (with pecans)

Cranberry Relish with Pomegranate, Pineapple & Orange

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


This recipe for Cranberry Relish with Pomegranate, Pineapple & Orange is so delicious, you’ll be eating it by the spoonful!  It’s sweet and only a tiny bit tart, so even the cranberry haters will enjoy it!


  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of pomegranate juice
  • 1 package of fresh whole cranberries (16oz)
  • 1 can of drained mandarin oranges, sliced in half (12 to 14 oz)
  • 1 can of drained pineapple tidbits (12 to 14 oz)
  • 4 oz chopped pecans


  1. Combine sugar, pomegranate juice and cranberries in a large saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  2. Continue cooking for 15 minutes. (You will probably hear the cranberries popping.)
  3. Remove cranberry mixture from the heat and with the side of your spatula or spoon, gently crush most of the cranberries.
  4. Add in your oranges, pineapples and pecans. (With recipes like this, I like to start with about 3/4 the amount called for and give it a taste test to make sure the remainder of the ingredients are needed.)
  5. Allow the sauce to cool before serving.


I found the sauce was even better the 2nd day, so this is a great dish to prepare ahead of time!

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