It’s almost Thanksgiving and we all have dinner menus on our mind. Are you looking for a new twist on cranberry sauce? Here is a sweet and spiced up version made with fresh ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Orange juice and zest add sweetness and brightness to these tart cranberries. The addition of crushed red pepper flakes provides a kick of spice. You can adjust the heat based on your spice preference.
I created this recipe last year for our Thanksgiving meal. It was a big hit. Although, I’m using less refined sugar these days, I’m okay with using it for a special occasion. It allows the cranberries to gel up nicely while providing shine and depth to the chutney. Plus, a little chutney here goes a long way. You can substitute alternative sweeteners such as maple sugar, date syrup or honey although you may have to play around with ratios. The consistency and color will be altered a bit although I’m sure it will taste just as delicious. If you try making this with an alternative sweetener, I would love to hear your results.
I’m a big fan of cranberries. I love to buy extra bags to freeze and use them in muffins and quick breads. I also like to make a big batch of this chutney and store the leftovers in the freezer. It’s so handy to have on hand to slather on sandwiches or it works perfectly on a cheese and veg platter, as shown below.
Whatever your preference, give this version a go. It’s easy to make and comes together in about ten breezy minutes.
Happy Thanksgiving ❤️
Top 8 Free
Makes about 4 1/2 cups
- 2 lbs (2 bags) cranberries, rinsed
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups organic cane sugar. *See Notes
- 1 cinammon stick
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ¼ cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1- 1 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste.
- 1 tablespoon sweet aged balsalmic vinegar
Combine all ingredients together in a heavy bottom medium/large pot except for balsamic vinegar. Stir frequently and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let boil gently for 5 minutes or until cranberries pop. Continue to stir so that sugar dissolves and does not stick to bottom of pot.
Take off heat. Remove cinnamon stick. Stir in balsamic vinegar. Let cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to sterilized mason jars to cool. Chutney will thicken once cooled. Store in refrigerator or freeze up to 6 months.
- Cranberries are tart and require a lot of sugar. This recipe makes a double batch of chutney, therefore, the sugar is doubled. However, for a less sweet chutney, reduce the sugar to 1 3/4 cups.
- If you would like to make a single batch, simply reduce ingredients by half. Adjust spices to taste.
- If you are sensitive to spice, start with 1 teaspoon and adjust to taste. You can also add more spice at the end. Flavors get better over time.
- I love this hand-held juicer to squeeze out small amounts of fresh juice from lemons, lime and citrus.