Duck’s Cosmic Kitchen makes the most delicious Cranberry Pear Relish. I buy it by the pint to share with friends and enjoy at home. Would they share the recipe? — Henry Jacob, Atlanta
Cindy Diamond sent us this recipe with a note it’s something they prepare each year, a holiday favorite for their customers. The addition of pears to the cranberries is a little unexpected but just as seasonally right as cranberries with apples. They add a little orange extract to the mixture to bump up the citrus and recommend a good quality extract like the ones from Nielsen Massey.
You’ll want to plan ahead for this recipe as you need pears that are not too ripe and not too firm. Stock up on cranberries when they’re available around the winter holidays and keep a few bags in your freezer. This relish is just as delicious with grilled chicken as it is with holiday turkey or ham.
Duck’s Cranberry Pear Relish
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 semi-firm fresh pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/8-inch dice
Zest of 1 orange
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries and sugar and cook over medium heat until cranberries soften and break down, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add pears, orange zest and orange extract. Allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes: 4 cups
Per 1/4-cup serving: 74 calories (percent of calories from fat, 1), trace protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, trace fat (no saturated fat), no cholesterol, trace sodium.
Duck’s Cosmic Kitchen
111 New Street, Decatur.