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Pear Cranberry Relish

I created this recipe quite by accident one day when I had leftover pears and cranberries. It's now a traditional dish on out Thanksgiving and Christmas tables.—Ann Rayas, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 large pears (about 2 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 packets artificial sweetener (equal to 4 teaspoons sugar)


  • In a large saucepan, simmer cranberries in water for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Add pears, orange juice and zest; simmer 15 minutes or until tender. Cool 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sweetener; stir well. Chill for 2 hours.

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  • buttermilk maid
    Nov 10, 2013

    Excellent and easy. This is a go to cranberry relish for Thanksgiving.

  • lillianlbrk
    Jul 13, 2010

    Likes this recipe alot! Used less sugar substitutes as a personal preference & taste. Have tried it on family & friends & got rave reviews. My cousins, Martha Stewart & her siswter-in-law the other Martha, couldn;t wait to make & can. It is delicious served hot over a short bread or with biscotti & coffee; or cold with Good Quality frozen yogurt or ice cream. We plan on adapting the recipe with reduced sugar and canning for the holiday gifts for family & gift baskets.