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Dried Pear and Cranberry Relish

Posted Nov 19 2008 7:02am

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without some kind of relish, nor without cranberries! I haven’t made this one yet, but I think I’ll be bringing it to my mom’s for Turkey Day dinner! (Bonus: Make it ahead and refrigerate up to one week for blended flavors!) You might have a hard time finding dried pears at your market, so you can try making your own dried pears if need be! I think I might actually use fresh ones in my version if I have to, as I don’t have a dehydrator handy (heehee).

Makes about 1 1/2 cups
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy

6 ounces dried pears, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
2 strips orange zest
1/4 cup water

1. Combine pears, cranberries, vinegar, sugar, ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper, peppercorns, orange zest and water in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is tender, about 10 minutes.
2. If the chutney has not thickened sufficiently, simmer it, uncovered, for a minute or two longer. Let cool, then discard the orange zest.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per tablespoon
32 calories
0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono)
0 mg cholesterol
8 g carbohydrate
0 g protein
1 g fiber
1 mg sodium
49 mg potassium

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1/2 fruit

(Image credit: Fanatic Cook: Dried Pears Recipe: EatingWell.com )


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