“This recipe is courtesy of my buddy, Dave, who is definitely not a great cook, but this, along with microwave roasted turkey, also being submitted, is one of his two great masterpieces. This is one of the few recipes that I actually cook in the microwave.”
4 cups, about

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 14 cup molasses
  • 14 cup honey (use a rich flavored one if you can find it, mint, buckwheat, whatever, plus extra as needed)
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored,peeled if desired,and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large orange, unpeeled,coarsely chopped,and seeded
  • 1 cup dried apricot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest of, grated or chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice of, including pulp,seeds removed


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes, and stir thoroughly.
  3. Repeat two more times for a total of 9 minutes, by which time the cranberries whould should have popped and the mixture should be close to boiling; if not, repeat one more time.
  4. Taste, and adjust sweetness with more honey.
  5. In the unlikely event that the relish is too sweet, add a little more lemon juice.
  6. The relish will probably be a little bit runny, at this point, but it will jell as it cools.
  7. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled as an accompaniment to turkey or anything else.
  8. It’s also great with cream cheese on toasted bagels or English muffins.

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