Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Thanksgiving sides’
Posted: November 12th, 2012

I can't stop thinking about Cranberry Chutney, which has cranberries in it. Like these. These are cranberries.

My favorite Thanksgiving recipe of all time is Cranberry Chutney. It’s sweet, tangy, bold and beautiful.
The first time I made it, for a Loaves & Dishes column in 2003, my husband, and my sister- and mother-in-law, and I all fell deeply, madly in love with it.
I hate to push the season, I’m getting into the holiday spirit and I can’t wait to make it.
I should try to find something nonThanksgiving, since we’re all deluged by holiday recipes this time of year.
But I can’t think of anything else right now. It’s like enjoying it in advance.
I always make a double batch, because it works three different ways.
1. Pour it room temperature over a brick of cream cheese to spread on crackers as an appetizer.
2. Serve it a little warm at the table, but don’t let it boil. I pour it on just about everything, and forgo the gravy.
3. Chill and spread it on bread as a condiment for leftover turkey sandwiches.
You know, it would even be a great ice cream topping, now that I think about it.
Maybe I’ll make a triple batch this year.

Hint: Turn on the fan and open a window when you stir in the vinegar. My husband and son always whine about the smell. Whatever.

CRANBERRY CHUTNEY
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 (12-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup peeled, diced apple
1/4 teaspoon each allspice, ginger, cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Combine water and sugar and heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
2. Add rest of the ingredients, simmer 10 minutes until berries just begin to split.
3. Pour into a medium glass (or other nonreactive) mixing bowl. Place piece of plastic wrap directly on sauce.
4. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.
Makes 21/2 cups

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