My first Thanksgiving I had a house big enough for all of my family I wanted to go ALL out. I was all about not using the canned cranberry sauce, using something different, something fresh. I wanted to make a lasting impact on my kids as “my” traditional dish. I was delighted when I found this recipe and perfected it to our liking. All though my husband is a fan of “the canned stuff” I love how this puts me in the Holiday spirit. It smells SO good and the whole house screams the season to be thankful is here. I am delighted to share with you MY Cranberry Chutney with you. this is a Thanksgiving cranberry recipe that is home made Cranberry Chutney at it’s best.
Step 1: Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar together in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir constantly until you are are at a slow boil. I usually back off and let the mixture simmer as I quickly prepare for the next step.
Step 2: Peal, Slice, and cute into bite size pieces Red delicious Apples. (I have tried using green apples but it was to tart for our liking) I use about 4 medium size apples but you can add another in if you are an apple liking family. My kids like the bite size apples so I make sure to chop them fine.
Step 3: Use a bag full of fresh cranberry’s. I have used “from the bog” and good ol’ ocean spray. Both work great. My youngest actually feels by the end that the cranberrys are cherries by the completeness of the dish.
Add 2/3 cup water and 1/3 apple juice. This is still being perfected as I normally have used 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
Stage 4: Mix and stir on low heat.
Step 5: Add 4 packs of kid size raisons. (as seen in this picture) Add the following ingredients.
(this is where the great smell aroma comes into play)
- 1/2 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon. (freshly ground is the best if you feel up to it but not needed)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of ground allspice
- 1/4 Teaspoon of ground ginger
- and a few shakes of ground cloves.
Step 6: Sprinkle sugar on top of pan or serving dish. I find this dish pleasing to all senses. I love it. Cover and serve chilled.
If you are lucky please try with oatmeal the next day. It is delish. If I do say so my self this dish it beautiful!! I am delighted that this is “my” dish and I get to share it with you.
What I like about this recipe. The fruits are all kept on a low heat and are not over cooked. I really enjoy keeping things fresh. I hope you can give the recipe a swing. We love Cranberry Chutney.