There is usually at least one recipe that gets passed down through the generations. Every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, we have always had Cranberry Relish at the table. This recipe is from my grandmother’s recipe box (on my mother’s side). The yellowed, stained, and dog-eared card tell a story of potentially hundreds of holiday dinners, family gatherings, and memories formed. My grandmother was born in 1908 and sadly passed just a few years short of her 100th birthday. She had a good run of things… we like to think it was her ritualistic evening cocktail that kept her young (or at least that’s what I’m betting on, considering my own habits). She was elegant, giving, and always exuded an air of grace. I don’t know where she obtained the recipe – if it was passed down to her or she found on her own, suffice it to say, this Cranberry Relish recipe has stood the test of time.
For the past week (more or less) you have been planning and preparing for the meal of the year. Now that the dishes are finally washed, tablecloths are clean once again, and your house guests are on their way back home, you’re left with more leftovers than you know what to do with – for all you know, you and your family will be rehashing variations of Thanksgiving leftovers for the foreseeable future. So what to do with this new surplus of food – my favorite, is the turkey sandwich. It’s quick, easy, and it allows you to savor those wonderful Thanksgiving flavors. The soft and gooey Fontina, along with the pungent and rich Gorgonzola pair perfectly with the savory turkey and the sweet/tart cranberries. It’s like a Thanksgiving grilled cheese sandwich – a great dish to relish the holiday.