Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Emily

Heard this recipe on NPR and was pleasantly surprised that the strange ingredients garnered such a great cranberry dish. All credit must go to NPR's Susan Stamberg who shares this recipe on air every year at Thanksgiving time.

Top Review by vanillathekatt

I, too, got this recipe from NPR years ago and have made it with great success. I can guarantee you that it is delicious. The color is a bit surprising (the same shade of pink as Pepto-Bismol!) but the taste is wonderful: the tartness of the cranberries, the bite of the onion and horseradish mellowed by the coolness of the sour cream and sweetness of the sugar.

Try this one, folks.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups cranberries, whole, raw, washed
  • 1 small onion, small means should be able to cup hand around onion
  • 34 cup sour cream
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, red is a bit milder than white


  1. Grind the raw berries and onion together. (use an old-fashioned meat grinder or a food processor) - it should be chunky not a puree.
  2. Add everything else and mix.
  3. Put in a plastic container and freeze.
  4. Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. ("It should still have some little icy slivers left.").
  5. The relish will be thick, creamy and shocking pink.

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