Cranberry Bourbon Relish

10-12 servings

This could make a cranberry lover out of anyone. This tangy cranberry relish makes a good accompaniment to any pate or cold or smoked meat. It's also pretty good with turkey.
1 cup bourbon
1/4 cup minced shallots
Grated zest of 1 orange
One 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries, picked over
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
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.
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
Remove from the heat and stir in the pepper. Transfer to a bowl, let cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate. (This relish can be made several days before serving)