Best Ever Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney

I cannot believe it is November already. Wasn’t it JUST summer?? I am already seeing pics of snow from where some of my friends live throughout the country. I am NOT ready for the holidays yet.   I feel like I am a bad food blogger with having my first Thanksgiving recipe posting this ” late” into November already. I have so many blogging friends that have been publishing their posts for quite some time. Maybe next year I will be early on holiday recipes. I think I said that last year..

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I have a confession. I don’t really like Thanksgiving foods. I am so weird like that. I am not the biggest fan of turkey ( its not special to me, I eat turkey year round. No not a huge roasted one but turkey in other items like burgers) and don’t ask me my thoughts on stuffing, gravy and I think sweet potatoes are amazing without marshmallows and I have never been too sure about green bean casserole. So many people stick to their traditional Thanksgiving dishes and we are the anti-tradition. We do things like crab legs, or Mexican food.  But there is one food that is something my mom has made every year that I LOVE. I mean there were many Thanksgivings at my house as a kid that I would only eat a bowl of it and that was it.

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That would be my mom’s amazing cranberry chutney. This stuff is unreal good. I would make her make a double batch just so everyone else would get some, because I would easily eat one batch within a few days. Its amazing on its own, but over ice cream? Gahhhh so good!!!

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I posted this picture on my facebook page the other day with ” Move over pumpkin, its cranberry time”. I do like pumpkin, like in my risotto and crepes I made last month, but I really really love cranberries. I think there are so many great uses with them in both sweet and savory applications.  I knew I wanted to share my mom’s cranberry chutney recipe this month, and while she makes it stove-top, I decided to adapt it oh so slightly and throw everything in a slow cooker and let it work its magic for a few hours. My house smelled AH-maz-ing the other day. And now I have a HUGE bowl of this killer cranberry chutney in my fridge. Life is good.

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Best Ever Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney
Recipe type: Sides, Holiday, Thanksgiving
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Serves: 20
Best Ever Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney
  • 2 lbs fresh cranberries
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 c raisins
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 c apple juice
  • 2 c chopped onion
  • 2 c chopped apples
  • 1c chopped celery
  1. Rinse the cranberries and sort through and discard any overripe or mushy ones.
  2. Combine everything in a slow cooker. Set to low for 5 hours. Stir once an hour. Let cool and transfer to an airtight container and chill completely in refrigerator. It will set up more as it chills.
To cook stovetop:
  1. Simmer first 9 ingredients for 15 min. (after bringing to boil). Add last 3 ingredients. Cook for another 15 min. Let cool and transfer to an airtight container and chill completely in refrigerator. It will set up more as it chills.
This can be served either chilled, room temp or warmed back up.

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My dad loves the canned cranberry sauce, you know the kind that glops out of the can still in the can shape with the ridges in the sauce to match the ridges in the can and we would slice it along the ridge lines thinking it was so funny but yet so gross at the same time. Yeah, he can have that sauce all to himself. But this cranberry chutney? Mine, allllllll mine.

Oh and thanks mom for letting me blog your recipe. You get all the credit for this one.Except for the slow cooker part. I take credit for that. ha ha

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  1. Great recipe for Thanksgiving–I love slow cooker recipes that I can make while doing other things. This looks delicious!

  2. Thanksgiving foods are a little hard for me to post about as well except for cranberries. I love them but only the fresh ones! I make the ham/turkey for my mom and the boys but our traditional thanksgiving meal with our adult children is at a Mexican place the night before Turkey Day – That’s where I feel most thankful and after 10 years it’s our tradition. The next day mom comes over with the traditional chicken and dressing and I will even make a ham but we are more likely to eat ham sandwiches than not……….this chutney? Oh yeah, it will go perfect on said sandwich!!
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  3. I can’t see the word Chutney without thinking of Schmidt from New Girl – Chut-E-Ney. This looks divine – I never would have thought about making it in a slow cooker!
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  4. All I have to say is… wow! This looks incredible. Gotta love the momma recipes passed down. :) Pinning and sharing!
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  5. The one dish I have to have every year is cranberry sauce/relish/chutney. I usually make something new every year though; when I was a kid all we had was that jelled/canned stuff!

    Where are the food blogging rules that say you have to make holiday dishes ahead of time? I missed those. I don’t pre-prepare Thanksgiving for my blog; that would ruin the fun of the real deal for me. I have to save what I make one year for the next years post; nope, not kidding.

    The ‘dish’ I love the most? The sandwich the next day made with turkey, cream cheese, sprouts and cranberry sauce. I look forward to it more than anything else.
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  6. I don’t eat turkey because I am vegetarian but I love cranberry sauce all by itself. I will eat it with a spoon!
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  7. lil_minster says:

    That looks delicious and I love anything that I can use the slow cooker for. I’m totally in agreement with the “not getting excited” for most Thanksgiving foods. It seemed like growing up (and maybe until about 15 years ago), you wouldn’t eat turkey, cranberries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, etc. very often except for Thanksgiving. And now that stuff is EVERYWHERE! Kind of takes the excitement out of looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner these days.

  8. I’ve had chutney on the mind lately, this recipe looks and sounds delicious :) can’t wait to try it!
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  9. FoodGeekGraze says:

    i just discovered your blog this morning; i have been on here reading, drooling, pinning, and marking my “pick up at the farmer’s market” list for over an hour so far. stunning skillful photography. insightful write-ups. i dig how you provide a bit of education where you feel it is needed. the recipe creations… seriously kinda speechless about that. thank you for sharing your genius and passion with us. looking forward to hitting up your pinterest account, as well. respect ~


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