Ditch the canned stuff and try out this zesty cranberry relish recipe for the holidays!
Combine sugar and water in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Stir as ingredients combine and mixture warms. Heat until sugar just takes on a golden color. Stir in the remaining ingredients, then reduce the temperature to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Use a spatula to transfer relish to a heatproof bowl to cool. Remove cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean before the relish begins to gel.
This cranberry relish recipe can be made ahead and refrigerated for a week — and can even be frozen for up to a month, in a sealed container or freezer bag.