Thanksgiving

A Spicy-Hot Cranberry Chutney With a Life Well Beyond Thanksgiving

November 16, 2016

If you love your Aunt Mabel’s cranberry sauce as is, then this chutney won’t convince you to change. But if you’ve been longing for something a little bit different at the Thanksgiving meal—or searching for a place to incorporate a more diverse range of flavors—then this is just the dish.

The cranberry and orange are familiar and classic, but the candied ginger adds heat and excitement, the sweet raisins balance the tang of the fruit and the cider vinegar, and the mustard seeds create little textural explosions. I toast them, along with dried turmeric and fresh and ground chile, as I sauté the onions (a lot of onions) and before I add in the cranberries and the ginger, so that their flavors can permeate the sauce as it cooks.

Most often, I serve this chutney in the winter months as a complement to cheese—the stronger the better (try a gorgonzola picante or a sharp aged sheep’s milk cheese). But it's a great complement to that pride of Thanksgiving, a beautiful, properly roasted turkey.

If you’ve been longing for something a little bit different at the Thanksgiving meal, then this is just the dish.

Of course, like everyone, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, especially in the form of a sandwich pressed in a panini press. I thinly slice the turkey, layer it with mashed potatoes and gravy, and then, as the final but crucial element, slap in some of the cranberry chutney to fully balance out the meal.

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So eat it during Thanksgiving, yes, but make sure you make enough to have leftovers. It keeps a while and is an excellent condiment to have on hand throughout the holiday season

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“I make a gelled cranberry sauce, spiked with grappa. I have a turkey mold that I use to form it. Fun and delicious! ”
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(And if you’re wondering about the difference between chutneys and relishes, chutneys tend to be sweeter, but otherwise, the term is rather interchangeable.)

How does your family make cranberry sauce? Tell us in the comments below!

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kgmom November 16, 2016
I make a gelled cranberry sauce, spiked with grappa. I have a turkey mold that I use to form it. Fun and delicious!<br />
 
Maya November 16, 2016
Interesting recipe & sure to be a favorite. Here's my version of it, called Cranberry Thokku /Spicy Cranberry Relish .Happy Thanksgiving! https://stirringmyspicysoul.com/2015/11/26/cranberry-thokku-spicy-cranberry-relish/
 
Nancy November 16, 2016
I couldn't agree more!<br />Have two cranberry chutneys that I love...Karonda Chatni from Julie Sahni's book Moghul Microwave (1990) has flavor notes similar to yours: <br />http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/6366-cranberry-pistachio-chutney-with-figs<br />And a cranberry sage chutney from Emelie Tolley in her book, Herbal Pantry (1992). That one - because of the sage - ties in even more beautifully with Thanksgiving. But if you use this one then, maybe leave sage out of your stuffing to avoid sage overkill.<br />Here's one blogger's version of the Tolley recipe:<br />http://makeitgiveit.blogspot.ca/2010/11/orange-studded-cranberry-chutney.html<br />Last, for a new taste sensation, use either of these cranberry chutneys with peanut butter, for a spicier pb&j.
 
Sarah J. November 17, 2016
Woahhh woah woah sounds like a GREAT PB&J component.