Cranberry Apple Chutney

This simple cranberry apple chutney will jazz up your holiday table and give you a break from the same boring canned cranberry sauce.

This simple cranberry apple chutney will jazz up your holiday table and give you a break from the same boring canned cranberry sauce.

One of the greatest things about being a food blogger is that I get to read a lot of other food blogs. We are a tight knit community and we support each other all the time.  This means I spend hours a day reading blogs and leaving comments. This also means I look at delicious recipes each and every day. Not a bad job if I say so myself.

Not so long ago I came across a recipe that gave me the inspiration for this dish.  Winnie, a fabulous blogger (and awesome person in general) writes at the blog Healthy Green Kitchen.  I saw her post for Apple Dried Cherry Chutney and decided I wanted to try making a chutney.  Since I know nothing about making a chutney I just winged it.  I read online that a chutney contains vinegar and that is what categorizes it as a chutney. I have no idea whether or not that is true. To be honest, I don’t really care. I’m calling this a chutney…or maybe a relish….what do you think?

This simple cranberry apple chutney will jazz up your holiday table and give you a break from the same boring canned cranberry sauce.

There is added sweetness to the dish but I wanted to make sure it came off more savory than sweet.  With the cranberries and vinegar it has a level of tartness that paired lovely with maple syrup glazed pork chops and would also be lovely at any Thanksgiving table.  It would be a welcomed change to the normal canned variety of cranberry sauce…

This simple cranberry apple chutney will jazz up your holiday table and give you a break from the same boring canned cranberry sauce.


Cranberry Apple Chutney

This simple cranberry apple chutney will jazz up your holiday table and give you a break from the same boring canned cranberry sauce.

Yield: About 2-3 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 12 ounces bag cranberries
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, 1 inch chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Add all ingredients to a large pot (I used my enabled cast iron pot) and cook on medium heat for 30-35 minutes. Until cranberries have broken down and the mixture has thickened a bit.

41 Responses to “Cranberry Apple Chutney”

  1. #
    Cathy @ Savory Notes — November 14, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I have a bag of cranberries just sitting in my freezer… Tomorrow, they will be turned into this! 🙂

  2. #
    Erica — November 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Im calling it delicious 🙂 this screams thanksgiving time to me!

  3. #
    Faith — November 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

    This looks delicious and is so perfect for this time of year — my family is always looking for a new cranberry sauce/chutney/relish!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Yummy! Also, I am still 100% envious of your tiny little wooden spoon. Where did you get itttttttt?

    • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray replied: — November 14th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

      Nevermind. I saw your response on the pumpkin butter post. (Maybe your comment reply notification is no longer working? Never got an email that you replied.)

      • admin replied: — November 14th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

        If I can find one I will send you one 🙂

  5. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — November 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Oh, I am so ready for Thanksgiving 🙂 This is fabulous, darling!

  6. #
    Winnie — November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Love it, Brandy! I’ve been trying to figure out that chutney/relish differentiation, too 🙂

  7. #
    Winnie — November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    ps. thanks for the kind words 🙂 🙂

  8. #
    Veronica Miller — November 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Perfect for Thanksgiving! Looks great.

  9. #
    Blond Duck — November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Must buy cranberries NOW!

  10. #
    Mimi — November 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Yum! Perfect for dressing up a meal.

  11. #
    BigFatBaker — November 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    MMM that sounds really tasty! I don’t care what it’s called, I’ll eat it.

  12. #
    Lyndsey — November 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    This sounds amazing…love all the flavors in it. I gave two little wooden spoons like that and I use them for many things. them. We do find many good ideas from all our friends with great blogs. Now if I can just remember which one I saw what on! 🙂

  13. #
    Joanne — November 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    With all those spices and the vinegar…my vote is going to chutney! And I’m loving it! I want a chutney and peanut butter sandwich…STAT.

  14. #
    angela@spinachtiger — November 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I’ve always wondered what the criteria for chutney was. I love it this of year as it cuts through the heavy food and I guess the vinegar works to do that.

  15. #
    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — November 15, 2011 at 6:35 am

    As soon as I saw this I thought about making it for Thanksgiving… sounds really yummy!

  16. #
    Blond Duck — November 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Do you know any good beef crock pot recipes?

  17. #
    Barbara — November 15, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What a super idea! I love the sweet/sour aspect of this chutney. Regular cranberry sauce can be too sweet, I think. I’ve been trying recipes that combine other flavors and would love to try this one.

  18. #
    Kaen — November 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I’m always confused as to what to call sauce-like things! And whatever you call this, it sounds incredible. The flavors are just perfect!

  19. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This looks great. Ironically I just posted a cranberry maple orange chutney…and just RANDOMLY clicked on your blog today after our Stumble follow ‘meeting’…and I’ve seen you on Pinterest, too, I think! 🙂 That or Instagram?

    • admin replied: — November 15th, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I guess good minds think alike! I’m off to check out your chutney… 🙂

  20. #
    Cassie — November 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    This sounds fabulous and like something that my mother-in-law will love. We are having Thanksgiving at their house, I think I’ll try this out!

  21. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love Winnie’s blog too, she’s great! This would be a nice change for Thanksgiving dinner.

  22. #
    Bonnie — November 16, 2011 at 1:34 am

    My husband LOOOOOVES chutney. LOVES! Ill need to make this stat and I;ll get the best wife award. And, GREAT PHOTOS!

  23. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — November 16, 2011 at 3:09 am

    This looks amazing! I’m new to your blog and loving it – love the design and your photos are mouthwatering!

  24. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    This looks lovely! I could skip the turkey and just eat this for Thanksgiving! 🙂

  25. #
    The Elegant Eggplant — November 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Gorgeous! I love cranberry ANYTHING around thanksgiving time 🙂

  26. #
    shannon — November 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    i have no idea what the difference between chutneys and relishes, but whatever you call it, i’d say it’s certainly delicious 🙂

  27. #
    Sook — November 17, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I only discovered the greatness of cranberries and apples together – This chutney looks fabulous!

  28. #
    Cakelaw — November 17, 2011 at 6:20 am

    What gorgeous chutney – and a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving.

  29. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 17, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I know! Can you imagine life without blogging?! I can’t! This looks delish you genius!!

  30. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

    PS: I like saying the word “chutney.” {I’m so weird!}

  31. #
    Barbara — November 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I copied a similar recipe for next year….love the sweet/sour aspect of this chutney. I’ve already made (and frozen) my sauce for this year, but will be considering this for next year. My family is so very traditional, but now the kids are older, they are more willing to experiment.

  32. #
    grace — November 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    great idea! i’m a major fan of all things chutney, and this is a must-try variation!

  33. #
    foodfashionandflow — November 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    this looks delicious and so perfect for the holidays!

  34. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — November 18, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Your apple cranberry chutney sounds fantastic! I really like the idea of combining apples with cranberries. This would be nice with most roast meat dishes.

  35. #
    Laura — November 28, 2011 at 1:52 am

    AMAZING RECIPE! I made it for Thanksgiving this year and it was an instant hit. Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to look through the rest of your website and see what other great recipes you have. keep up the good work!

    • admin replied: — November 29th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

      I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for letting me know 🙂

  36. #
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — October 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Ick, you are so right – mealy apples are the worst! But I love good apples, and along with brussels sprouts and bacon, this sounds like the most delicious salad.


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