Last year I made my first turkey for Thanksgiving.
It was a PROUD MOMENT.
However, I did follow instructions to a T, to make sure from the thawing, cooking and cutting was done as recommended.
Fast-forward to this year – and once again, there’s so much happening that I don’t have time to go through Turkey Time once again. I mean, can’t I just pick up the turkey and throw it in the oven and a few hours later, it’s done?
Yep, I found out there’s such a thing from Jennie-O called the OVEN READY Turkey. And it’s as easy as that to make a turkey dinner that your grandma would be proud of without near the time that grandma used to make. (It’s so easy, it only takes a minute to show you how to make one of your own at home.) No thaw, no mess, in no time at all!
Now since I was taking almost no time working on the turkey, I had a little time to add my own personal twist to change it up a little. Call it what you will, but I like to add my own unique flavor especially when it comes to Thanksgiving (we are professional Friendsgiving people.) So this year I added a sweet and savory relish that combines the traditional flavor of cranberry and apple, but kicks it up a notch with some of my favorite Texas flavors – jalapeno and cilantro. I couldn’t come up with a snazzy name for it, so I called it Cranberry Apple Jalapeno Cilantro Relish.
In just two steps you’ll have a relish that you’ll want to put on everything from the turkey, your stuffing, your veggies, and perhaps the kitchen sink.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 apple, chopped (I prefer gala)
- 2 cups fresh whole cranberries
- pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 teaspoons jalapenos, chopped and seeded
- Orange zest (optional)
- Over medium heat, mix sugar, vinegar and salt until dissolved.
- Add apples, cranberries and increase to medium-high heat. Cook uncovered 5-7 minutes until fruit is tender, but not soft.
- Add ginger, cilantro, and jalapeno and allow to cook on simmer for 2-4 minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Serve with turkey, dressing and whatever for a southwest flair!
- This may be prepared in advance and refrigerated for up to a week (Thanksgiving leftovers!) This recipe has been update (11/17.)
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