Not My Mama’s Cranberry Sauce: One Step Apple Cranberry Chutney

November 24, 2009

apple cranberry chutney

Just yesterday I posted that I was sitting Thanksgiving out. But by now you probably know that I didn’t mean that literally. Right? I mean, I couldn’t keep from cooking all together. That’s just silly! I just meant that I’d make a little something something… like this Apple Cranberry Chutney.

Making a cranberry sauce was a risky choice. See, my mom isn’t that into cooking. She doesn’t have recipes to pass down, nor does she have any signature recipes. Well… except cranberry sauce, which is why I probably should have left it alone. But I couldn’t help myself. It’s so easy to make and, even though her recipe will always be the holiday recipe, I had to entertain some ideas I had for making it my own.

I recently saw a mother and daughter on TV compete for the best apple pie. That’s not what’s happening here. I can tell you now, no matter what, my mom’s cranberry sauce wins. (Hi, Ma—I know you’re reading!) But this version is killer and made in one easy step. You can make this recipe ahead for this Thursday or file it away for some other time. It’s great all year round on turkey sandwiches, as part of PB&J or as a glaze on pork loin. You should be able to make this with frozen cranberries when fresh ones are out of season.

One Step Apple Cranberry Chutney
(can be adapted for kids 8+ mos*)

1 8-oz package fresh, organic cranberries
1/4 c freshly squeezed organic orange juice*
1/4 c organic apple cider
1/2 c organic sugar
zest of 1 organic orange
1 tbsp organic cider vinegar
1 organic apple, peeled and diced
1 organic cinnamon stick
3 organic whole cloves

1. Put all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. When cranberries begin to pop, reduce heat to medium  and cook for about 10-12 min, or until sauce reaches desired consistency.

*Note: Children under 12-months should not eat citrus juice (citrus zest is fine in small amounts). If you’d like to serve this to children 8- to 12-months-old, substitute apple cider for the orange juice. Orange is a defining flavor in this chutney, so keep in mind that this substitution will change the flavor profile. In fact, you may want to increase the orange zest.

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