Thanksgiving Cranberry Chutney And Relish

Hi loves!

So Thanksgiving is in two days and I decided to get you the recipe of my two favorite ways to make Cranberries! Everyone is probably familiar with the typical cranberry sauce that pops up every Thanksgiving, you know, the tin can special sauce that is some gelatinous goo that is supposed to pass for a side/condiment? Well, fortunately, you don't have to deal with that stuff this year! I just wanted to show y'all that it's so easy to utilize cranberries for two different sauces while keeping the key flavor notes that make cranberries so yummy. The first recipe is a chutney that is closer to what you expect to enjoy during Thanksgiving dinner, the second recipe is more of a relish, something that you can whip up very easily in under 10 minutes and has a refreshing brightness that is worth every minute. So let's start with the chutney:

Ingredient list for Chutney:

Fresh Cranberries - 3 Cups
Celery - 1 Cup chopped in little slices
Honey Crisp Apple - 1 Apple, cored and cut in cubes
Lemon Grass - 1 Stalk
Oranges - Juice and zest of 2 Oranges
Raw Honey -1/3 Cup
Raw Cane Sugar - 1 Cup
Dried Cranberries - 1/2 cup
Garlic - One clove minced
Ginger - 1/3 teaspoon minced
Water - 1 Cup
Salt to taste (I just added a pinch to bring out the sweetness)

                                                               So fresh, I love fall!!

Alright loves, now we're gonna get cooking. I just used the biggest pot I have which is about 4 quarts. Now, pay close attention to make sure you don't miss anything... Dump all of the ingredients into the pot.

                                                    Doesn't this look delicious?!?

Yes, I know, it was simple. It's amazing just how easy this is. I covered the pot and set it on medium-low heat, occasionally stirring so it doesn't burn and so all of the flavors incorporate completely. It honestly took around 50 minutes or so for me. This really depends on your stove and if you change the amount of moisture or the ingredients. If you did everything like I've said, your pot will look like this.

Finished product, yummy!!

Alright loves first one finished and now lets work on the easy-peasy relish. I came up with this recipe because apparently pomegranate is in season, so we got several of them from the store with no particular idea about what I was going to do with them. I wanted something that was fresh and with a good fruity crunch. It goes good with Thanksgiving dinner if you don't want to go the sauce route. This is so freaking delicious I can literally just eat it alone sometimes (so sad but so true). Lets get started:

                                                              This beauty!!

Ingredient list:

Fresh Cranberries - 1/2 cup cut into quarters
Garlic - 1 clove finely minced
Pomegranate - 1 cup of seeds
Orange - Juice and zest of 1 Orange
Raw Cane Sugar - 1 Tablespoon
Freshly Ground Black Pepper - 1/3 Teaspoon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1/3 Teaspoon
Salt to taste

Like the chutney above, this is a very simple dish. All you are going to do is cut everything according to the ingredients list and then toss it into your favorite mixing bowl. Add the spices, oil and sugar and toss it with a wooden spoon until everything is well mixed. That's it! Just serve it cool or room temperature. You can also just leave it in the bowl and have a pretty healthy choice for a snack.

 Cranberry goodness!

Cranberry and Pomegranate goodness!

Well, that concludes this posting. See? I told you that you don't need to go with the canned cranberry sauce that only your weird family members will eat. If you choose either of these recipes you will certainly end up with an empty bowl, hopefully AFTER it reaches the dinner table. ;)

We all think about the things we are thankful for this week. I wanted to let you all know that I am truly grateful for your views and I really hope that you enjoy my recipes. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and the safest of travels! Please comment and share so everyone can enjoy! 

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