Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cranberry Fig Chutney

My aunt and I made this chutney for Thanksgiving dinner, but I'm posting it now because I think it would also be amazing with a New Year's day feast or any special occasion dinner.  The chutney isn't too sweet, and the flavors are really complex and delicious.  Although we (obviously) had it with turkey, I think it would actually also be quite good with other meats, like roast chicken or pork.  I really like the fruits here - the tart cranberries plus the dried figs and golden raisins make the perfect combination of flavors.  The fresh ginger also adds a really excellent zing.

Cranberry Fig Chutney (adapted from food52, original recipe here)

12 ounces fresh cranberries
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup golden raisins
8 dried figs, stems pinched off and cut into eighths
2 T fresh ginger, finely minced
1 T lemon juice
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Pinch ground cloves
1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely minced

Add all the ingredients to a heavy-bottomed saucepan except the walnuts and thyme and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally,  until the cranberries are burst and the chutney thickens slightly.  Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts and thyme.


  1. Oh wow, I can imagine the smell and the taste. Nice recipe for the holidays

  2. what a perfect chutney! I love the addition of the figs! what a wonderful blend of spices, it must have been delicious!

  3. I love cranberry chutney and I love that you added figs into yours! Yum!

  4. The addition of figs and ginger really set this apart. I bet this would be great atop any meat or vegetarian main. Happy New Year, Sara!

  5. I really love the idea of adding fig and other spices to normally dull cranberry chutney. Though I am not a fan of turkey meat this chutney would definitely elavate its taste. Thanks a lot for sharing Sara!

  6. Wonderful chutney! Great for the holidays season.