Cranberry-tangerine relish

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 12
Cranberry-tangerine relish
(Los Angeles Times)
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Cranberry-tangerine relish is a take on the classic combination of cranberry and citrus. Tangerines have a distinctive flavor that’s beautifully underlined with a little Chinese five-spice powder, that beguiling mixture of ground star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel and pepper. Soften the pucker of the berries and citrus with some sugar and you get a relish that’s familiarly tart but with a haunting spice note.

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Rinse and drain the cranberries, discarding any bruised ones. Peel the tangerine and use a sharp paring knife to remove excess strings from the segments. Using the same knife, scrape the pith from the inside of half the peel and finely chop the peel. Measure out 1 tablespoon.


In a food processor, combine the cranberries, tangerine segments, the 1 tablespoon chopped peel, one-half cup sugar and the five-spice powder. Pulse 8 or 10 times to the desired coarse consistency. Taste and add more sugar if desired.


Spoon into a glass bowl, cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. Stir before serving.

Cranberry, vanilla bean and toasted almond relish: Omit the five-spice powder. Substitute the scraped seeds from half of one vanilla bean for the tangerine, and use brown sugar instead of white. After processing, remove the mixture to a bowl and pulse a peeled, cored and quartered Honey Crisp or Fuji apple with one-half cup toasted slivered almonds 4 to 5 times and combine with the cranberry mixture.

Cranberry, jalapeno and red onion relish: Omit the tangerine, sugar and five-spice powder and add 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno, one-fourth cup honey, 1 teaspoon minced lime peel and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Process; stir in one-fourth cup finely diced red onion and a pinch of salt.
From Mary Ellen Rae, Times Test Kitchen recipe tester.