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Spiced Cranberry Chutney in a cranberry glass pedestal dish with fall hydrangea

Spiced Cranberry Ginger Kumquat Chutney

  • Author: Katy Keck
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


Spiced Cranberry Ginger Kumquat Chutney adds just the sass your Thanksgiving or other wintery meal needs. Jewel-like in color, this chutney not only delivers a sweet-tart-spicy contrast to turkey and mashed potatoes, but it also saves a very beige meal from being oh-so-brown.



12-ounce bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)

2 cups kumquats, sliced (1 dry pint)

1 cup sugar

4 ounces unsweetened applesauce

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger

1 teaspoon Frontier Co-op organic vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon Frontier Co-op organic Vietnamese cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Frontier Co-op ground Jamaican allspice

1/2 teaspoon Frontier Co-op organic ground turmeric root

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon Frontier Co-op coarse grind black pepper


In a medium non-reactive saucepan, combine the cranberries, kumquats, sugar, applesauce, and lemon juice. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the cranberries begin to pop, about 5 minutes.


Add the dried cranberries, crystallized ginger, vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Continue simmering until the fruit is softened and the chutney is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes more.


Remove from heat and let cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, and serve at room temperature.


Serving Suggestions:  This is great with roast meats, slathered on a sammie, or served alongside or atop cheeses. If you warm it up,  it will thin a bit and it makes the best glaze for your Christmas ham.

Substitutions:  For kumquats: use the zest of one medium orange and chop the flesh coarsely, pith removed. For applesauce: chop one apple, any variety.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: condiments
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry chutney, ginger