Monday, November 24, 2014

Cranberry Apple Chutney



Thanksgiving cranberry sauce


The colors of this cranberry chutney are beautiful and just in time for Thanksgiving. The tart fresh cranberries are cooked with sweet apple and raisins to create a sensational fruity topping for your Thanksgiving dinner. Fresh cranberries are so easy to make and cook up really quickly. This recipe only takes 20 minutes.

By definition, chutney is a type of condiment that is similar to a relish except it's usually made with a fruit, sugar, and vinegar. It has an interesting taste and enhances whatever you eat it with. I left the vinegar out, as my husband can detect vinegar a mile away and doesn't like it.

The other night we went to our's friend Eileen and Al's condo in the city ( Philadelphia) !
Eileen served this fabulous chutney for dessert over sweet lemon sorbet.
The flavors were sensational and the colors just danced.

cranberries
Found these in the supermarket 

As good as it was over dessert, I prefer my cranberries served with my meal. It can be used the same way as cranberry sauce. If you eat Turkey- use it as a topping. For a vegetarian like myself, this type of relish is a perfect complement to stuff winter squash or as a topping over baked apples.

acorn squash stuffed with cranberry chutney
Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds and bake  the two halves face down on a cookie sheet with a rim . Pour 1 cup of water on cookies sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes or until soft when a knife is inserted. Remove from oven and add the cranberry chutney. 

Thanksgiving is the one occasion that I treat myself to fresh organic cranberries! I usually buy a bag and then search for a  new recipe that I can make. It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some fresh cranberries.

Did you know that cranberries contribute big time to your health?  These acidic berries are rich in Vitamin C, tannins, and antioxidants. This highly overlooked berry is beneficial for the fall and the entire year.

As with all my real food recipes, this recipe meets gluten free, grain free, vegan and vegetarian standards.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool before eating


Ingredients:
12 ounce package of fresh organic cranberries
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup raw nuts, chopped ( walnuts or cashews)
1/4 cup of Orange Juice concentrate
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of coconut sugar crystals (or sweetener of your choice) 1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
Optional: 1 teaspoon orange zest


Directions:
Place the first seven ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes ( stirring very frequently)  until berries are soft.  After 15 minutes add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla, and optional orange zest and continue to cook for the last 5 minutes.



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7 comments:

  1. This will be on my Thanksgiving table. Pinned.

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    1. You will not be disappointed. I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  2. Delicious,thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

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    1. Swathi,
      Thanks for hosting the Hearth and Soul Blog hop. I'm a regular and enjoy reading all of the other recipes.

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  3. I have some uncooked cranberries and squash. will try this out. pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites.

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  4. Diane,
    I'm thrilled that you host the Weekend Bites to give me the opportunity to share my links. I hope that you do get to try out the squash recipe. It's perfect for the fall season.

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  5. Diane,
    I'm thrilled that you host the Weekend Bites to give me the opportunity to share my links. I hope that you do get to try out the squash recipe. It's perfect for the fall season.

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