The Best Cranberry-Tangerine Chutney



One of the reasons I love food blogs has been discovering treasured recipes others consider to the best they have made, served and eaten.

A fellow blogger, Cathy, over at Wives & Knives, just posted this chutney as one the most treasured recipes from her mother's files.  You know those are the best ones.  When I looked at the list of ingredients I just knew it would be good.  However, I did not know it would exceed all my expectations.  It is absolutely fantastic and out of this world.  There are also no cooking skills required to make this.  You just combine ingredients and simmer until done.  Nothing could be easier.

Everything about this chutney screams Thanksgiving and the holidays.  I'm pretty sure I can throw away all my other cranberry sauce or chutney recipes; this is now my hands down favorite.

Cathy emphasizes to include all of the ingredients such as the curry powder.  Even if you don't like curry....it does not taste typical...it's a background flavor, enhancing other flavors present.  Also, do not leave out the candied ginger because you think you can't find any.  Candied (crystallized) ginger is everywhere now.  I remember years ago only being able to get it at Williams-Sonoma but now I see it in the baking aisle and in the bulk food section of most grocery stores.  Don't leave it out, it adds an incredible taste.

I served this with a roasted turkey breast and mashed potatoes and slathered it on turkey sandwiches the next day...incredible. 

Funny thing is, I have never canned anything.  I've always wanted too but have just never gotten around to it.  This recipe has gotten me off my rear to finally do it.  I want lots of jars in the pantry to carry me throughout the year.  I have to get on it before all the fresh cranberries disappear from the markets.

Cathy also suggested pouring this chutney over cream cheese for an appetizer, which would be delicious as well.

Thanks Cathy for sharing this amazingly wonderful recipe.


Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.


This keeps indefinitely in the fridge and will easily form a seal if poured, very hot, into small, decorative jelly jars...which I am going to do.

Cranberry-Tangerine Chutney
Adapted from Wives with Knives

3 cups fresh cranberries
1 large tart apple, cored, peeled and chopped
(I used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons candied (crystallized) ginger, chopped
(Do not substitute)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon curry powder
(Do not leave this out)
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 cans mandarin orange slices, drained

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

This keeps indefinitely in the fridge and will easily form a seal if poured, very hot, into small, decorative jelly jars...which I am going to do.

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  1. I think I will be making this very soon. It does have all the ingredients I love and that scream “autumn”. Thanksgiving”….

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  2. Lyss 2

    I just read a blog where they made a cranberry chutney, put it on brie and wrapped it en encroute. Think this would work too? Sounds yummy to me!

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  3. km 3

    i’d like to make this for thanksgiving. should it be served hot or cold?

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  4. This does sound amazing and perfect for the looming holidays. You have such a good eye for finding what works well.

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  5. Donna 5

    I am making this next week. It sounds incredible. Saw it on Wives with Knives and loved it, with both of your raves, I know its a winner.

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  6. Beautiful! Can’t wait to try this. There are people who don’t like curry???? :-)

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  7. I always make the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe, but this one looks really good. I’ll have to give it a try some time.

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  8. Laurie 8

    That chutney sounds incredible! And your photos of it are stunning, as always.

    Good luck with the canning. It’s very easy and oh so satisfying.

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  9. grace 9

    this may be the recipe that causes curry powder to make its way into my spice collection permanently. what an awesome list of ingredients, and what a beautiful product!

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  10. Noble Pig 10

    Cold.

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  11. Julia 11

    well of course it’s fantastic with crystallized ginger… but especially the curry powder. I find a pinch of curry powder in so many dishes adds that je ne sais quoi, even though you can’t necessarily taste it.

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  12. Lisa Sipple 12

    The ingredients list sounds fantastic…wow. The candied ginger and curry are very nice additions.

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  13. JRo 13

    I love that I don’t have to come up with creative food ideas on my own. I come here and !Voila! Cathy has it all figured out for me . . . can hardly wait to try this!

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  14. Katrina 14

    Ooh, that does sound really good. The thing that stinks is I’m not sure anyone else in the family will eat it and we’re just having T-day with just us this year. I’m definitely marking this one for making sometime though!

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  15. I’m so happy that you like this recipe, Cathy. Sharing with friends is what it’s all about. I like to serve this sauce cold and chilling allows the pectin in the cranberries to thicken it a bit. I buy bags of fresh cranberries and stick them in the freezer so I can make fresh sauce all year long. Try it on barbecued chicken…over the top.

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  16. Janine 16

    You are my hero!! I am definitely trying this one…

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  17. dawn 17

    This is a wow list of ingredients. There are so many of these recipes but I trust food bloggers the most as far as what is good. This will be on my T-day table.

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  18. Marjie 18

    Looks like a good change of pace for cranberry sauce,l but I would probably be shot for messing with tradition. Maybe on a non-traditional day? Being shot would make Thanksgiving sorta unpleasant.

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  19. June 19

    This looks amazing – it’ll be on my table too – oh and for Christmas with tourtiere (French Canadian pork pie). Oh my!

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  20. Lena in VT 20

    Mine is boiling on the stove. I can’t wait.

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  21. Jill 21

    Mine is simmering on the stove, too! It smells fantastic. This is replacing that cranberry Jello mold I grew up on that nobody ever liked! THANK YOU!

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  22. pam 22

    I all ready have a mulled cranberry recipe that I use over and over, but this sound so good, I’m going to have to give it a try!

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  23. I thought this looked wonderful over at Cathy’s blog! Very nice adaptation of her family recipe. This is perfect for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to try it!

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  24. Melynda 24

    Yum indeed! This year I hope to try some fresh cranberry sauces.

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  25. what a delicious sounding chutney think I will have to give it a go.

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  26. OMG I’m making this!!!

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  27. jancd 27

    I had all of the ingredients, so I made it today. It is as wonderful as you said. I was wondering. Is there a way to print your recipes?

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  28. Barbara 28

    Your photos are terrific Kathy! I have been mulling over something different than the standard cranberry sauce- this would be perfect. Copying now.

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  29. WKF 29

    Hey! Your chutney is beautiful. I was listening to NPR friday am and they had the former editor of Gourmet Magazine on. (thought of you) Anyway, they were discussing the most unusual (horrific) sounding cranberry relish. I am going to try it. It sounded so weird. Here is the link or go to NPR .org, Morning Edition. It’s Called “Go Pink Stamberg and Reichl make cranberry relish.”

    link to npr.org

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  30. megan 30

    I love this Cathy! I love the idea of canning it for the pantry. And I love when you can seal them with out water bath proccessing. Glad I’m on Thanksgiving break. I should be able to get this done this week. I hope! :)
    Makes a great hostess gift too!

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  31. Ooh I love a good chutney and this one looks perfect to go with my samosas!

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  32. imom 32

    I’m not a fan of traditional cranberry sauce, but I’d definitely try this version!

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  33. Yum City!

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  34. Bingo! I love trying new cranberry recipes each year and this sounds amazing.

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  35. Bren 35

    that 2nd picture got me! chutney’s, most anyway, are great to serve with a lot of food. indeed always fun finding treasured recipes from other peoples’ blogs.

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  36. Yummy…I have kumquats to swap for the Tangerines..and some red wine poaching syrup to go….lovely

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  37. Vicki Spencer 37

    Just made this today with apricot preserves (instead of marmalade) minus the mandarins and less 1/4 cup sugar….soooooooooo delish…the curry and ginger really are that special something!

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  38. Lisa 38

    Absolutely amazing flavor! And it made the house smell so “holiday”.

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  39. megan 39

    I have it simmering on the stove and the jars are in hot water. Smells heavenly!

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  40. Helen 40

    Thank you very much for this recipe. I am not a big of a cook, but I tried it today, went to store to buy some ingredients, I am glad I did, it is SO_O_O_O_U delicious! Love it! Love it!
    Thank you!

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  41. Laura D 41

    This was absolutely fantastic. I jarred it and added it to my Christmas presents to give something a little unique.

    Lots of the older people in my family have health problems, so I used mandarin oranges canned in their own juices instead of syrup, and I sweetened it with 1 1/4 cups blue agave syrup rather than white sugar. I served it as cranberry dressing at Christmas and it was a huge hit! Thanks!

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  42. sunrise 42

    Hey! Your chutney is beautiful. I was listening to NPR friday am and they had the former editor of Gourmet Magazine on. (thought of you) Anyway, they were discussing the most unusual (horrific) sounding cranberry relish. I am going to try it. It sounded so weird. Here is the link or go to NPR .org, Morning Edition. It’s Called “Go Pink Stamberg and Reichl make cranberry relish.”

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  43. sunrise 43

    that 2nd picture got me! chutney’s, most anyway, are great to serve with a lot of food. indeed always fun finding treasured recipes from other peoples’ blogs.

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  45. Karen A. 45

    I have made this every year since you have posted it. It is excellent. During the holidays I serve it over cream cheese with crackers – if I have any left after gift giving and using it myself. – great on sandwiches.

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  46. Raedene 46

    Made this last year and will be making it again this year. Delicious!

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  47. Paulette Brunson 48

    I tried this recipe today and although I had my doubts, it was delicious. A keeper for sure.

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