Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney, just saying it makes me think of the holidays. This delightful, sweet, tart, and slightly savory condiment is the embodiment of festive flavors. Whether you’re looking for a tasty topping for your crostini or a delightful side dish for your holiday meal, this cranberry chutney is the answer.


  • Festive Flavors: Cranberry Chutney perfectly captures the essence of the holiday season. It’s like a burst of festivities in your mouth, combining the natural sweetness of cranberries and honey with a hint of balsamic vinegar tanginess.
  • Versatile: This chutney is a multitasker. Spread it on crostini for a delightful appetizer, serve it as a side dish for your holiday feast, or even use it as a glaze for roasted meats. It’s the secret ingredient that can elevate any dish.
  • Homemade Goodness: There’s something special about making your condiments from scratch. When you serve homemade cranberry chutney, it shows your love and effort, making your holiday gathering even more heartwarming.
  • Balance of Flavors: The combination of sweet honey, tart cranberries, and a touch of thyme and balsamic vinegar creates a harmony of flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more.
  • Easy to Prepare: Don’t be intimidated by its gourmet taste; this cranberry chutney is surprisingly easy to make. You can whip it up in just about 15 to 20 minutes.


  • Cranberries
  • Honey
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • Carandini Emilio Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • Pinch of salt


  • Stock Pot
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons


  1. In a medium stockpot, combine all the ingredients. Simplicity is the key here.
  2. Place the pot over medium/low heat, and let the magic happen. The cranberries will soften, the honey will infuse, and the thyme and balsamic vinegar will dance together.
  3. Cook the mixture until it thickens. This should take around 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the chutney has thickened to your liking.
  4. Before serving, don’t forget to remove the thyme from the chutney. It’s added its magic, and now it’s time to gracefully exit the stage.
  5. For an extra layer of sweetness and that mesmerizing glaze, drizzle 2 tablespoons of honey on top of the crostini.
  6. Now it’s time to indulge. Spread this luscious chutney on your crostini, or serve it as a side with your holiday meal. It’s the finishing touch that brings your holiday feast to life.


Can I use strawberries instead of cranberries in this chutney?

Certainly! While cranberries are the traditional choice, strawberries can be a fantastic alternative. They provide a slightly different flavor profile but work wonderfully with the honey and balsamic vinegar.

How long can I store cranberry chutney?

Cranberry chutney can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. So, feel free to make it ahead of your holiday meal preparations.

What can I pair with cranberry chutney?

This versatile chutney pairs beautifully with roasted meats, grilled poultry, and, of course, crostini. It’s a delightful addition to your cheese platter as well.

Can I make a larger batch of this chutney for gifting?

Absolutely! Homemade cranberry chutney makes for a thoughtful and delicious gift. Just multiply the ingredients as needed, and don’t forget to share the love during the holiday season.

Cranberry Chutney

This Cranberry Chutney represents the holidays to me. I love the sweet, tart, and savory flavors married together. This is the perfect topping for your crostini or side at your holiday meal.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Chutney, Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • Stock Pot
  • Measuring cups/spoons


  • 2 cups cranberries can also use strawberries
  • 4 tbsp honey plus 2 tbsp for drizzling on top of the crostini
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp Carandini Emilio Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a medium stockpot, combine all the ingredients.
  • Place the pot over medium/low heat.
  • Cook the mixture until it thickens.
  • Remove the thyme from the chutney.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsp of honey on top of the crostini before serving.
  • Enjoy your delicious Cranberry Chutney!
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Cranberry chutney is more than just a condiment; it’s a burst of holiday flavors that can turn any meal into a festive feast. Its versatility and simplicity make it an ideal addition to your holiday cooking repertoire. Your taste buds and your guests will thank you. Happy holidays!

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