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Cranberry Apple Chutney (Cranberry Sauce Alternative)

cranberry apple chutney in a glass jar

Cranberry Apple Chutney is a tart cranberry condiment filled with fresh cranberries, juicy apple and warm spices. It’s a delicious spread to use to add flavor to meats and cheeses or as a side at your Thanksgiving table!

Why I love cranberry chutney:

This gorgeous chutney is almost too good to eat!

Almost.

I mean, check out those colors! Creating food that looks like this makes me incredibly happy.

So what is a chutney, anyway?

A cranberry chutney is different than a traditional cranberry sauce. It’s basically a condiment that’s meant to bring out the taste of the foods it’s paired with.

And chutneys are traditionally made with vinegar, which goes amazing with tart cranberry and some brown sugar for a touch of sweetness. Add apple and golden raisins to the mix and you’re gonna be singing the praises of this chutney.

I love that it’s easy to make but full of wonderful flavors.

It’s also something different to add to the Thanksgiving spread, while being simple enough to whip up as a sidekick for baked chicken or pork.

Ingredients:

  • fresh cranberries – I like to use fresh cranberries when they’re in season. I picked some up today for $0.99 at Aldi so you gotta love that! If you don’t have fresh, you can use frozen cranberries.
  • apple – for this cranberry chutney, use a tart apple. One of my favorites is Granny Smith apples, though you can use any tart apple variety such as a Pink Lady, Cortland or Braeburn.
  • golden raisins – truthfully, I don’t know if there’s a flavor difference between golden raisins and regular raisins. I like the lighter color of the golden raisins for this recipe.

    Don’t have golden raisins? You can use regular raisins, no problem.
  • brown sugar – to add a little sweetness and balance all the tart we have going on here!
  • apple cider vinegar – chutneys typically have vinegar and apple cider vinegar was an easy decision here. It’s a bit mellower and of course, it will pair well with the other fruit
  • cinnamon, ginger, clove – not only do these spices make your kitchen smell incredible, they’re autumn themed spices and add a nice balance of savory and spice.
  • salt – it really makes a difference in this recipe, even though it’s a very small amount.

How to make apple cranberry chutney

This recipe is so easy I’ve broken it down into two, count ’em – TWO steps!

Step 1: Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. That’s right, everyone in the pool!

cranberries, apples and golden raisins in a saucepan

Step 2: Cook over low to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are softened and mixture begins to gel.

See that streak across the pan there? That’s pectin, which is a natural thickening agent in fruit. Once that starts to gel, reduce the heat to low and stir more frequienly or remove from heat. It thickens quickly from here!

cranberry apple chutney cooked

Allow to cool and serve or cover and refrigerate to serve later.

What to serve with cranberry apple chutney

This cranberry apple chutney is on the tart side. It’s a delicious addition to sandwiches, roasted meats, or served as an appetizer atop cream cheese and crackers.!

Other cranberry recipes you’ll love

https://www.thisfarmgirlcooks.com/cranberry-orange-scones/
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Cranberry Apple Chutney

Cranberry Apple Chutney

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/4/ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Cook over low to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are softened and mixture begins to gel.
  2. Allow to cool and serve or cover and refrigerate to serve later.

Notes

I like to use a Granny Smith apple, though you can use any tart apple such as a Pink Lady, Cortland or Braeburn variety.

Don't have golden raisins? You can use regular raisins. I chose golden raising for their lighter color but both will taste great!

This cranberry apple chutney is on the tart side. It's a delicious addition to sandwiches, roasted meats, or served as an appetizer atop cream cheese and crackers.!

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 94Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 79mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 20gProtein 0g

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1 Comment

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    Rachel
    November 25, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    I made this using a pear and left out the raisins. It’s really delicious, and it makes the house smell wonderful! Thank you for the recipe!

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