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Serves : 10 to 12

Besides being quite at home alongside turkey, this tangy cranberry sauce makes a good accompaniment to any pâté or cold or smoked meat. Slideshow: Delicious, Quick Side Dishes Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small nonreactive saucepan, combine the bourbon, shallots and orange zest. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until the bourbon is reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 10 minutes.

Step 2    

Add the cranberries and sugar, stirring well until the sugar dissolves. Lower the heat slightly and simmer, uncovered, until most of the cranberries have burst, about 10 minutes.

Step 3    

Remove from the heat and stir in the pepper. Transfer to a bowl, let cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate.

Make Ahead

This relish can be made several days before serving.

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