Sauces & condiments

Cranberry-fig chutney

Cranberry-fig chutney

What’s a Thanksgiving feast without a deliciously tart cranberry sauce?

Here’s a modern remix of the perennial Thanksgiving favorite. Spiked with ginger, cardamom and a touch of chili pepper, this cranberry chutney is a bold and exotic take on the classic cranberry sauce. Dried figs and a dash of Cointreau add to the chutney’s lusciousness.

Cranberry-fig chutney

makes 3 cups
active time: 30 min

For the figs

  1. 4 oz (115 g) dried California or Turkish figs (8 medium) – cut in 1/4″ pieces
  2. 2 tablespoons Cointreau (Grand Marnier and Kirsch are good substitutes)
  3. 2 tablespoons orange juice

For the chutney

  1. 1 1/4 cups apple or grape juice
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1/2 cup organic sugar
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (use microplane grater)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  7. 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes to taste
  8. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 12 oz (340 g) fresh cranberries

  1. Step 1: Place the figs, Cointreau and orange juice in a shallow bowl. Stir well and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Step 2: Meanwhile, heat a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. Add the apple juice, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom, chili pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce heat to medium-high and add the cranberries. Stir well and fast-simmer for 6 to 7 minutes until the cranberries have fallen apart and the juices thickened. With a wooden spoon, crush the cranberries on the side of the pan until mixture is chunky. Turn off the heat, add the fig mixture and stir. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature. Discard cinnamon sticks and serve.
  3. Cook’s note: Refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

chutney, figs, cranberries

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20 Comments

  • Reply Kelly November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

    What a gorgeous presentation, this looks so delicious and perfect for the holidays! :)

  • Reply Kiri W. November 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Wow – very interesting combination! I love figs, but am on the fence when it comes to cranberries. I didn’t grow up with them in Germany, and haven’t been able to really fall in love with them yet. This recipe sounds like a wonderful twist, though!

    • Reply Viviane November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Kiri! I didn’t grow up with cranberries either so I really sympathize! But I do love their tartness. Here the figs add a bit of sweetness to them… and I love the exotic spices.

  • Reply Meeta November 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Love the fig and cranberry combination – it has such a wonderful sublime flavor where the figs take away a slight bit of the tartness from the cranberries! Lovely!

    • Reply Viviane November 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      Meeta, Kelly… Thank you for your kind words and a very happy Thanksgiving to you!

  • Reply Sandra's Easy Cooking November 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Got to tell you I love your modern twist. I think my family would enjoy this recipe very much, and I will try it for sure! Well, I would try anything that you make since every of your recipes are fantastic and very appealing! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful weekend ahead!

    • Reply Viviane November 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Sandra, You’re making me blush… Thank you so much for your kind words – you truly touched my heart. Have a magnificent feast for Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) November 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    This is wonderful. I’m definitely writing this one down for pops. We are having so much fun getting reading for our big Austin Thanksgiving cooking together. He’ll love this.

  • Reply Donna Ford November 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Looks like a winner to me! Just in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you Viviane!

  • Reply Sandra November 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This IS the ultimate cranberry condiment. Thank you and have a great holiday!

  • Reply Angie@Angiesrecipes November 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

    This is definitely a keeper! Great click!

  • Reply Beth Michelle November 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Love love love love this!!! Perfect cranberry dish for Thanksgiving!

  • Reply carol November 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I grew up in Middleboro, Ma. ….cranberry country…. I have had cranberries every which way but never with figs! Can not wait to try this…. on my way to the store for figs! Love your newsletter!

    • Reply Viviane November 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Thank you for your wonderful words Carol! How very lucky for you to have grown up in cranberry county… Cranberries are such beautiful plants. Do let me know how the chutney turned out! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Tiffany November 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’m in charge of the cranberry sauce this year… you’ve given me some great ideas!

  • Reply El November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I love the idea of making the sauce with figs. Brilliant. Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

    • Reply Viviane November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Thank you El! Wishing you and yours a joyful and delicious Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Kit November 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I’m about to make this….sounds so delicious. Love the idea of the bit of pepper flakes. Should go well with the sort of Mexican slant I’m putting on the standby dishes this year.
    Thanks!

    • Reply Viviane November 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Kit, thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I hope the chutney turned out marvelously… and that you had a super delicious TG!

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