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.Print
This is the kind of sauce you’ll want to put on everything at Thanksgiving!
- 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.)
Other Thanksgiving ideas you might want to check out from MamaChallenge.com: