Cranberry Apple Chutney
Do you ever have a combination of flavors in your mind that you just know would be good together? I do. When this happens to me, I can’t really rest until I try it. Maybe it’s just me, but ever since the subject of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations came up this year, the when, where, who’s home, the what we’ll have conversations started circulating, I have had a flavor in mind that I wanted to try. That’s when I came up with the idea for Cranberry Apple Chutney!
I always make my own Cranberry Sauce. I never have enjoyed the ‘canned’ versions, and so as an adult, preparing my own feasts for the holidays, I have made my own. Nothing complicated, just fresh 1 -12oz bag of cranberries, the zest of 2 fresh oranges and their juice, some of the chopped up peel popped in while cooking with some sugar and spices. I love it! I love the smell of Christmas it spreads throughout the house. Nothing else quite has that smell. It excites me for the upcoming time with family and friends.
That being said, that was not what was on my mind this year. I kept thinking I wanted something a little more. A little more substance, a lot more dimension, more flavors and a bit sturdier, for lack of a better word. I wanted to incorporate more flavors so that it would work for the Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas feeds but also be wonderful on its own, or for a wonderful appetizer.
So, I began with my experimentation on a recipe for a Cranberry Apple Chutney. Just what is chutney, you may ask? Well, it is usually defined as a “sweet or savory but usually spicy condiment, originally from eastern India, made from a variety of fruits and/or vegetables”. It is often combined with nuts and used with cheese. Yep, that was what I wanted!
The experiment led to this quite yummy recipe that I’m sharing with you today. I can say, from first-hand experience that it is simply divine. As a matter of fact, I had some for lunch today! Yum!
If you have never played with your recipes, may I humbly suggest that you do?! You might be surprised at just how good your instincts are. I’ve created a recipe card that you can save. Please note: these are only the ingredients I used. Please feel free to make it your own and adapt it to your tastes!
You can find Theresa’s other Christmas recipe here on the RUBY blog for Almond Orange Biscotti HERE.
Theresa Begin lives in Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a Christian who loves her family and says, “I have been blessed with the world’s best parents!” She has three sisters and one brother, as well as 16 beautiful nieces and nephews who “mean the world to me!” She is “differently-abled,” and chooses not to allow her limitations to define her life. She loves to write and share her various projects on her blog, “Shoestring Elegance,” which came about as she discovered that living on a tight budget did not mean compromising on style. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NLT