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AS A CHILD, I INSISTED ON STORE-BOUGHT CRANBERRY SAUCE — no chunks, just that smooth roll, complete with indentations from the can. When I finally tasted my mother’s homemade chutney, I was converted. I now make it in huge batches, give it as gifts around the holidays and even freeze it to have throughout the year. It goes great on a turkey sandwich with avocado and honey mustard or with vegetable pot pie. Once you taste it, you’ll understand why I’m addicted.

Cranberry Chutney


2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup raisins
1⁄2 cup sucanat
1⁄2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup water
1 small onion, chopped
3 medium apples, cored and chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


Combine cranberries, raisins, sucanat, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and water in Dutch oven. Place over medium heat and cook 15 minutes. Stir in onion, apples and celery and cook 15 minutes more. Remove from heat, fold in lemon peel, and serve.

Chutney can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

MAKES 4 cups

© 2012 Terry Walters | Photography by Gentl & Hyers


One Comment

  1. Posted November 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Love this and I’m not a big cranberry fan. Everyone I make it for loves it as well!

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  2. […] Easy enough and at the very least I knew I would love it (that still has to count for something, right?).  Since I was making a pork roast with sweet potatoes and apples for dinner last night, it seemed like a great opportunity to add a spoonful of cranberry chutney on the side and let the fall flavors do their magic. As soon as my daughters sat down at the table, I knew I was in for it. Rachel: What’s this? (squishy face, poking at it with her finger) Me: It’s called cranberry chutney.  It is raisins, syrup, cranberries… Rachel: Yuck. Ew. (pulling her finger back as if it bit her) Me: You don’t have to like it, but you do have to try it.  I really think you’ll like this one. Rachel: (takes a bite and grimaces, bracing for the worst) chew, chew, chew.  Grabs for more.  Finishes everything on her plate. Victory!  And I made sure not to say a word.  In the hopes that she’ll eat it again someday.  Like tomorrow… Source: Terry Walters, Clean Food – […]

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