This Pear-Cranberry Chutney Is So Ready for Your Turkey

Putting a spin on cranberry chutney takes a holiday classic way over the top with amazing layers of flavor. This recipe from our class, Sweet & Savory Food Gifts, offers surprise ingredients that are sure to wow your main meal. Serve it at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or divvy into mason jars for a delicious food gift your recipient won't soon forget.

Pear-Cranberry Chutney

Yield: 2 quarts


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, pickled over and stemmed
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, each about 3"
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½" dice
  • 2 firm pears, peeled, cored, and cut into ½" dice
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ⅓ cup diced crystallized ginger
  • ½ cup whole hazelnuts, roasted, skins removed and halved


1. Cook the Cranberry Base

In a deep, 6-quart saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, 1¼ cups water, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar.

Reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries begin to pop open, about 10 to 12 minutes.

2. Add the Goodies

Stir in the apples, pears, onion, raisins and ginger. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture is thick.

3. Toss in the Nuts and Jar

Remove from the heat, stir in the hazelnuts, and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. If you can find the cinnamon sticks and cloves in the mixture, take them out and discard them.

Spoon the chutney into jars and secure a tight seal. When sealed and refrigerated, cranberry chutney will last for up to three months.

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November 09, 2018
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