Cranberry-Pom Relish

Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish from Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on November 9, 2010 · 34 comments

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!! Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. It’s my absolute favorite. It’s like the crème de le crème of holidays, raising the bar so high that all other holidays just have to accept this fact and fight for the number two slot.

I will even be posting twice a week – for me, that’s love and devotion.

So, let’s get started!

When I was a kid, we had a pomegranate tree in our back yard. When they were ripe, the family would gather around the kitchen table, scooping out all the seeds into a large community bowl. Then we would eat the seeds by large spoonfuls. I remember the seeds had a slight crunch, popping in my mouth, releasing their juice. My tongue and lips would be stained purple for a little while. It remains a great childhood memory.

That pomegranate tree has since been replaced by tangelos and I’ve yet to buy a pomegranate at the market with the same sort of ripeness. So my life has been void of anything resembling pomegranates for a long time. Until a few weeks ago when POM Wonderful offered to send me some samples of their pomegranate juice.

This relish incorporates cranberries, pomegranate juice, orange juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mmmm. The look! The smell! The taste! A triple threat. (I also discovered recently how terrific it is mixed with yogurt and used as a dip. Try it!)

Get your holiday underway by making some. It’s glorious.

The Giveaway
POM Wonderful sent me way more bottles than I need. And you know how I enjoy sharing the love, so I’m giving most of the samples away.

3 (three) lucky readers have a chance to win 2 (two) 8 fluid ounce bottles of 100% pomegranate juice.

There are three ways to enter: (1) leave a comment on this blog (2) go “like” us on Facebook or (3) Already a fan? Just leave a comment on The Wall.

The drawing closes on Saturday, November 13th at 8pm PST.

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UPDATE 11/14/10: decided the soon-to-be-recipients of 2 POM Wonderful 8 ounce containers are Anne H. (blog), Liz Guyot (Facebook), and Cheryl Winton Schellhous (Facebook) – congrats ladies!


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Dawn Yanofsky November 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Hello this has become my go to page for all recipes .I really like this recipe for your cranberry with POM can’t wait to make it for my family .I would love to win a couple of bottles ….Happy Holidays to you and yours and ty so much for a super site !!!!!!!


Mom November 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

Amy, as you know, I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was the best ever and will become a staple during the holidays. I’ll have to stock up on fresh cranberries so we can also have it during the year.


Amy November 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Dani – “Why do we have to wait to have a cranberry sauce with turkey? We can get frozen cranberries all year round now…” My sentiments exactly!


Dani H November 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

Mmmmm…. can’t wait to try this! Also with the yogurt. Maybe a dip with some whipped cream cheese. And with brie and crackers. Why do we have to wait to have a cranberry sauce with turkey? We can get frozen cranberries all year round now and it would be just as good with roast chicken. I always leave your blog starving, Amy! ;D


Mark November 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Great post. Just in time for the holidays too.


Kim November 13, 2010 at 5:01 am

It’s my lucky 13th day!! And I think I’m making the deadline for this one. Not sure. But sure I need some POM!


Katie November 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

Stumbled on your blog from another blog the other day. So glad I did! This recipe looks awesome for Thanksgiving and it would be the even better if I got a free bottle of POM wonderful :)


Mom November 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Cranberry, brie and crackers sounds like a great appetizer, too. I see it in my future.


Emily N. November 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I’d love to win some juice!


Anne H. November 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Just stumbled across your wonderful blog via Foodgawker. And I guess my timing couldn’t be better – would love to try some POM. Thanks for the great giveaway.


Hannah November 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

This looks amazing! I would love to make it!


George A. November 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

My wife loves the juice but I am not a great fan. I’d rather have a nice cold glass of wine.


Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo November 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

So funny that you posted this today…just over the weekend I made a cranberry chutney for a freind’s pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. I like the idea of adding POM juice though…good call!


Tanya November 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

This does look very good, and I will give it a try, winner or not….


Julie Sullivan November 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Just bought the big Costco bag this weekend! Can’t wait to make this recipe!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy November 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

LOVE cranberry sauce! This looks great, I could think of many ways to use this! Thanks! Great giveaway!


Amy November 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Dad – I couldn’t remember what happened to the tree. Figures it was the damn wind. The nerve! I’m sure Mom is making the stuffing. Why mess with perfection?

Andrea – I’ve always wanted to make jelly. Actually, I have wanted to try jellies, salsas, chutneys, etc. but the jar thing intimidates me. I’ve had “Putting Food By” up on my shelf for about 6 years, never opened. In case you missed my note at the end of the post, I also mixed some of this relish in with yogurt and it would make a wonderful spread for a sandwich. I do have a sandwich idea coming later this week using the leftover relish – it’s not grilled cheese, though. That sure sounds awesome.

Lynda – fig trees? JEALOUS.

Jude – This relish would be super rad on mashed potatoes. You and George (see below) would get along!


Jude November 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I get a dose of pomegranate in the occasional martini, but this type of ‘sauce’ sounds equally de-lish.

As a non-bird eater, I fill up on sides during Turkey Day. This cranberry relish will be one of the options.


pam November 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Pomegranate juice and cranberries sounds like a perfect match!


Lynda November 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

In the South I didn’t grow up with pomegranates. We had pecan and fig trees (and cotton)in our back yard. I’ve never known what to do with a pomegranate, but now I’ll certainly try! Thanks, Amy.


Andrea November 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Thanksgiving is my favorite eating holiday too, and it’s a two Manhattan kind of day. So lovely. Please count me IN for the POM drawing. I have a recipe for Pomegranate Jelly, for which the hardest part is sterilizing the jelly jars. The color is amazing. Also, for your friend who was talking about cranberry and brie sandwiches, I have a recipe for cranberry grilled cheese she might want to try and then adapt it to taste. I have printed your recipe and will be making it this week to use for the cranberry grilled cheese sandwiches–just to test it out before Thanksgiving. I love the idea of combining cranberries and pomegranates. Thanks!


Dad November 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

I’m beginning to pucker already.

Cranberries should be a year-round thing. Don’t know why it’s relegated to Thanksgiving. Even Massasoit knew how to preserve them for the whole year, and that was 1621! He even invented the ziplock bag for the purpose. And when he was done with that, he invented pulkeys and ham and bar codes and “Take Your Neighbor to Lunch Day.” He also invented the super market and when asked about it by John Smith, he replied, “Whole country supermarket. Only problem is finding the ‘Delicacy Isle’ and Clauson pickles.”

P.S. We still have the bowl, but the tree blew down in a Halloween windstorm in 1979.

Btw, who’s making the stuffing?


kelly o November 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

POM rocks!


Nive November 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

I love tasting POM…Thanks for this giveaway…


Jennie November 9, 2010 at 10:59 am

I have never bought POM, but it is an ingredient in lots of recipes I have come across. I would love to give it a try!


Cathy November 9, 2010 at 10:52 am

I live for cranberries. I am definitely going to make this.


Amy November 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

Joanne – I know you have a stash too. POM probably spotted your blog and couldn’t send a case soon enough! I’m posting a sandwich on Thursday that incorporates this relish, but damn that I didn’t think of brie. Genius.


Joanne November 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

Well, now I know what I’m going to make with the remaining five hundred bottles of POM Wonderful I have sitting in my fridge. I love love love this! Do you know what I see in my future? Cranberry and brie sandwiches. Seriously.


Kelly Furlong-Rezac November 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

I love cranberries for Thanksgiving. I always make way more than is needed because they are so good with everything! Having a recipe made with POM would make it even better.


Astrid November 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

That relish looks super good. I love using pomegranate juice for baking and cooking, so I would love to win a couple of bottles!


Amy November 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

Cheryl – I think our taste buds are constantly evolving. Everyone talks about kids as picky eaters, but grown ups can change their minds too. I never ever liked carrots until a few years ago. Now I love them.

Tina Marie – Love love love it. So glad you found me. And I’m not at all unhappy that it was through pasta. It only makes sense ;-)


Tina Marie November 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

I just found your blog while searching for pasta…you know, one thing leads to another. Well, I am happy to have found you cause your blog is pretty freakin’ cool! I love LOVE pomegranites so count me in as a fan :-)

I’ll check ya out on Facebook when I get home (shhh..I’m at work) cause I ma so blocked from FB while working.



Cheryl Christian November 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

I used to hate cranberries. Funny how as you get older things change. Now I love cranberries and can’t get enough of the different ways you can use them. Pomegranates were never in the stores where I grew up till now. Once again tried them and Love them. Thanksgiving just got better because of those two wonderful flavors. YUM


Eliana November 9, 2010 at 8:06 am

These look like the only cranberries I would want to eat on Thanksgiving!


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