Apple Cranberry Chutney (One Pot)

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Quick and easy apple easy cranberry chutney recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop in 30 minutes. Sweet, spicy, savory! Loaded with ginger, dill, cinnamon.

This recipe has all the flavors your palette needs- sweet fruit, spicy ginger and cinnamon, and savory dill! It is also so versatile that you can change it up every single time you make it. It’s perfect for the Christmas holidays or even Thanksgiving. Since cranberry is the flavor of the season, make sure to also try these Cranberry Brie Bites (One Pot) and this Cranberry Salsa With Cream Cheese (One Pot).

Easy Homemade Cranberry Chutney In Glass Jar on White Marble Background

How To Make Cranberry Chutney Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Saute onions and ginger- Until onions are partially softened.
  2. Add remaining ingredients- This includes cranberries, apples, water, vinegar, brown sugar, dill, cinnamon stick, allspice, salt, pepper, red chili flakes.
  3. Mix- Until combined.
  4. Cover- And cook.
  5. Uncover– And continue cooking until mixture becomes thick.
  6. Mash With the back of your spoon until partially smooth.
  7. Enjoy– Discard cinnamon stick.

What To Serve With Spicy Savory Cranberry Apple Chutney? What To Do With Cranberry Chutney?

Serve over a block of cream cheese, brie, or Camembert as an appetizer.

It would be delicious as a topping spooned over a pork loin or pork chops, Roast Turkey Breast (One Pan), Grilled Chicken Breast (One Pan), or even venison or steak and even ham.

Some people enjoy it all by itself as a side.

It can even be used in breakfast dishes like savory oatmeal or use it as a spread in sandwiches and wraps. Consider thinning it out a little and using it in salad dressing. It would be delicious in this Christmas Salad (One Bowl)

What’s The Difference Between Cranberry Sauce and Relish?

There are a few key differences between Homemade Cranberry Sauce (One Pot) and Easy Cranberry Relish (One Bowl). Cranberry sauce is cooked over the stovetop and generally sweeter whereas relish is raw, chunky, more tart, and just made in a blender.

What is chutney?

It is a condiment originating from India, and now popular in Europe and the US. It is usually made with fruit, vegetables, some type of vinegar, sugar, and herbs. It is used to balance or compliment a main dish.

Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Apple Chutney in Glass Jar With Ritz Cracker on White Background

Variations

Cranberry orange chutney– Orange is a beautiful compliment to cranberries. Add either orange zest, or extract for a delicious flavor.

Add other fruits– Like mangoes, pears, or oranges.

Add nuts– Such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, or cashews.

Add dried fruits– Raisins are a popular choice. You can also add dried apricots or mangoes which will give it a more chunky texture.

Add celery– It adds a distinct flavor which works very well.

Try other herbs– I only used dill, but you can use parsley, basil or chives too.

Add shallots– For a more delicate onion option.

Make it spicy– Add 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes for a little heat. Add more if you like lots of heat, and none if you don’t want any spice.

Add extracts– Like almond or amaretto.

Try another sweetener- Some people use honey or maple syrup in place of brown sugar.

Tips And Techniques

How to thicken chutney? The best thing to do is to continue simmering it over medium heat until it reduces to the correct consistency. If this does not work then you can try adding a cornstarch slurry at the end, if necessary.

How to make chutney thinner? Add a little more juice or water, but not too much because you don’t want to disrupt the flavor balance.

What consistency should chutney be? This is a matter of preference. You can use the back of a spoon to mash everything partially. You can also use a hand-held immersion blender to blend half of it so that it’s still chunky but not too chunky. My family prefers it much smoother. So, I blend more than normal.

Adjust sweetness– Add more or less sugar depending on your preference.

Use unsalted butter– Because it prevents this dish from becoming too salty.

How do you know when it is done cooking and ready? Cook it for 7-10 minutes or until all the cranberries have popped. Then, uncover and continue cooking until excess liquid is evaporated and mixture becomes thick.

What size to cut the apples? Shred them or finely dice them so they are incorporated into every bite.

What apples to use? This is a personal preference. Red apples balance the tartness of cranberries the best. However, green apples or yellow apples can be used too, if you like their flavor more.

Fingers Holding Ritz Cracker That's Spread with Christmas Chutney

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Freeze– In a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Reheat– Thaw from frozen, and serve cold or reheat in the microwave.

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Chutney In Glass Jar on White Marble Background
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One Pot Cranberry Chutney

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy apple easy cranberry chutney recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop in 30 minutes. Sweet, spicy, savory! Loaded with ginger, dill, cinnamon.

Servings: 1 Cups
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas side dish, homemade chutney
Calories: 933 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1/2 cup Onions Finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Fresh ginger Or use 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 bag Cranberries Fresh, 12 oz. bag
  • 1 Red apple Peeled, Cored, Shredded or Finely diced
  • 3/4 cup Water Can be replaced with orange juice or apple cider
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Brown sugar Adjust according to your preference
  • 1-2 tsp Dill Dried, Adjust according to your preference
  • 1 Cinnamon stick 2 inch piece
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili flakes Can be omitted if you don't like a subtle spicy kick

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add onions, ginger and saute until onions are partially softened and ginger is fragrant.

  3. Add cranberries, apples, water, vinegar, brown sugar, dill, cinnamon stick, allspice, salt, pepper, red chili flakes.

  4. Mix until combined.

  5. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes or until all the cranberries have popped.

  6. Uncover and continue cooking until excess liquid is evaporated and mixture becomes thick.

  7. Use the back of your spoon to mash everything until partially smooth. You can also use a hand-held immersion blender to blend half the chutney so that it's still chunky but not too chunky. My family prefers it much smooth. So, I blend more than normal.

  8. Discard cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Cranberry Chutney
Amount Per Serving
Calories 933 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 275mg11%
Potassium 747mg21%
Carbohydrates 189g63%
Fiber 24g96%
Sugar 145g161%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1309IU26%
Vitamin C 60mg73%
Calcium 183mg18%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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