Thanksgiving fare is, by and large, rich, comforting, and heavy—in a good way. Perhaps that's why the post-feast nap is, at least in many houses, as celebrated as the turkey. But sometimes the flavors can get a bit repetitive, and the heavy food might weigh down your palate.
Enter relishes! We all know cranberry sauce, one of the most well-established (and simultaneously one of the most polarizing) staples of the Thanksgiving table. Love it or hate it, cranberry sauce plays a vital role in the holiday spread; not only does it add a welcome pop of color, but it brings a bit of zip. Brightness. Pizzazz. Cranberry sauce takes the comforting flavors of Thanksgiving and punches them up. Its tart-sweet balance contrasts and complements everything from turkey to stuffing to my personal favorite, mashed potatoes.