This popular condiment offers a wide array of different flavors, as it is sweet, tart, acidic, and slightly bitter all at once.
It is also a convenient way of decorating your plate, or adding a little bit of color to your dishes, with the addition of a beautiful sweet taste and fruity aroma.
Let’s dig right into Bob Evans’s famous cranberry relish recipe!
How to make Bob Evans cranberry relish
Their rich menu is packed with different meat options, as well as healthy noodle soups and sauces.
However, what seems to be the star of every meat dish in this place is the famous Bob Evans cranberry relish, with all its thick, sweet and sour goodness.
It is different from the cranberry sauce, since it has a thicker, coarser structure, and it includes actual pieces of the fruit which adds more crunch and texture to your dishes.
Add the butter to a medium saucepan and let it melt and heat up over medium heat.
Once the butter has melted, add in the cranberries and make sure to stir the mixture constantly to prevent the fruit from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
If necessary, turn down the heat and allow the fresh cranberries to cook for 5-10 minutes.
Once you notice that the cranberries have started dissolving, it is time to add the remaining ingredients.
Pour in the lemon juice, then add the curry powder, and start adding the sugar slowly, making sure to stir the pot constantly.
The constant stirring will not only prevent the sauce from burning, but it will help the sugar dissolve in the cranberry mixture.
Let the cranberry relish cook on low for another 10 minutes, or as long as it needs for the sugar to dissolve completely.
In case you’ve used frozen cranberries in place of fresh ones, they’ll cook much faster than the fresh ones. Therefore, after 10 minutes of cooking, ensure that the cranberries are cooked to your liking.
Prepare the jars for your Bob Evans cranberry relish by properly washing and sterilizing them.
Pour a little bit of relish into the jar, and allow the jar to adapt to the temperature thanks to the steam.
Now pour more relish until you’ve filled the jar, then close it right away to create a vacuum.
Position the jars upside down and let them sit for at least 10 minutes. Once they’ve cooled down completely, you can store them in the fridge.
With a simple recipe such as this one, there aren’t many ingredients to substitute or much room to experiment.
1. Frozen cranberries
Even though the recipe calls for fresh cranberries, as we’ve mentioned, you’re free to use frozen cranberries instead.
However, when buying your frozen packs of cranberries, ensure that there are no added ingredients, such as sugar, flour, or any artificial flavoring or coloring, as these are completely unnecessary.
Before adding the cranberries into the saucepan with the melted butter, allow them to defrost at room temperature.
Adding frozen cranberries without draining the excess water will make your cranberry relish more of a cranberry sauce, as it will have a more liquidy, runny consistency.
2. Ground turmeric
In case you’re not too fond of the curry powder, you can always go with ground turmeric to achieve that sharp, tangy, slightly woody note in your Bob Evans cranberry relish.
Keep in mind, however, that turmeric can be quite spicy, so you may want to adjust the amount if you’re not trying to add any heat to your relish.
3. Lime juice
Freshly squeezed lime juice can replace lemon juice in your cranberry relish recipe, as it will provide the same level of acidity and brighten up the mixture.
Therefore, if you’re all out of lemons, lime juice is the next best thing, and it is also a one-to-one replacement so you don’t have to adjust the amount.
What to serve with Bob Evans cranberry relish
Cranberry relish is one of those condiments that you will catch yourself gravitating toward whether you’re just making a quick snack, or you need a fruity, acidic addition to brighten up your complex meat-based main dish.
The possible combinations when it comes to this cranberry relish are truly limitless, but let’s take a look at some of our top picks.
Bob Evans cranberry relish mixed with a little bit of barbecue sauce is probably one of the best combinations you’ll ever try on your homemade burger.
The sweetness and acidity of the cranberry relish paired with the savory, toasty aroma of the barbecue sauce are just what you need to complete a juicy, delicious burger.
Slow roasted turkey
However, if you’re looking for that fruity, acidic note, but you’d also like to add more texture to the meat, choose Bob Evans cranberry relish either as a glaze or a finishing sauce.
Fried chicken tenders
Any kind of fried chicken dish simply requires a dipping sauce – especially chicken tenders.
Try replacing your regular mayo and ketchup with some cranberry relish on the side, and throw in some French fries, as well.
Freshly baked biscuits
Meat-based and savory dishes aren’t the only choice when it comes to the foods you can serve with your homemade cranberry relish.
Freshly baked biscuits are a great sweet snack to pair with this sweet, yet tart jam-like condiment.
This is an ideal light dessert combination for those of you who prefer fruity over deep, predominantly sweet options.
How to reheat Bob Evans cranberry relish
While cranberry relish is usually served cold, whether it is added to a sauce, dessert filling, or simply plated as a dipping sauce, you can definitely heat it up to get the desired texture and temperature.
How to reheat Bob Evans cranberry relish on the stovetop
Grab a saucepan and add the desired amount of the relish in it. Heat it up over low heat, making sure to stir constantly so the relish doesn’t burn and stick to the bottom.
You may also add a little bit of water if you’d like to make the consistency more liquid. In case you’ve added water, you want to bring the mixture to a low boil, then turn off the heat and serve the cranberry relish.
How to reheat Bob Evans cranberry relish in the microwave
Transfer the desired amount of the cranberry relish into a microwave-safe dish. Add a splash of water if you’d like the consistency to be a bit more liquid, then give the mixture a quick stir.
Place it into the microwave and heat it up at high for 90 seconds.
How to store Bob Evans cranberry relish
Once the relish is cooked and ready to be stored in jars, it is necessary to add only a little bit of the mixture into each jar to get it to the right temperature so it doesn’t break.
Once the steam from the added relish has warmed up the jars, proceed to fill them up to the top, then close them with the lid immediately.
Position the filled jars upside down and let them sit for at least 10 minutes. Allow them to cool down completely at room temperature before refrigerating them.
You can store your homemade Bob Evans cranberry relish in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
However, if you’d like to freeze the leftover cranberry relish, transfer it to a freezer-safe container and use it up in the next 2-3 months.
Bob Evans Cranberry Relish Recipe
- 35 oz fresh cranberries
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp curry powder
- 18 oz sugar
- TT salt
- Add the butter to a medium saucepan and let it melt and heat up over medium heat.Once the butter has melted, add in the cranberries and make sure to stir the mixture constantly to prevent the fruit from sticking to the bottom of the pan.If necessary, turn down the heat and allow the fresh cranberries to cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Once you notice that the cranberries have started dissolving, it is time to add the remaining ingredients.Pour in the lemon juice, then add the curry powder, and start adding the sugar slowly, making sure to stir the pot constantly.The constant stirring will not only prevent the sauce from burning, but it will help the sugar dissolve in the cranberry mixture.
- Let the cranberry relish cook on low for another 10 minutes, or as long as it needs for the sugar to dissolve completely.In case you've used frozen cranberries in place of fresh ones, they'll cook much faster than the fresh ones. Therefore, after 10 minutes of cooking, ensure that the cranberries are cooked to your liking.
- Prepare the jars for your Bob Evans cranberry relish by properly washing and sterilizing them.Pour a little bit of relish into the jar, and allow the jar to adapt to the temperature thanks to the steam.Now pour more relish until you've filled the jar, then close it right away to create a vacuum.
- Position the jars upside down and let them sit for at least 10 minutes. Once they've cooled down completely, you can store them in the fridge.