Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

I undoubtedly live for cranberry chutney. It may seem odd but the reason that I make roasted chicken, is to have an excuse to make and eat it. One Thanksgiving my Mom forgot to make the cranberry chutney and there were tears. It was ugly. I try not to think about it.

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

This is no ordinary cranberry sauce from a can monstrosity. Oh no, Nana’s cranberry chutney is sweet but still just the right amount of tart. It is cohesive yet you can distinguish the various ingredients. Magic. I eat it year round. I know tradition and Nature dictate that cranberries are eaten in the Fall and Winter. No worries. That is what freezers are for. There is happy bag of frozen fresh cranberries sitting with the vodka now. 🙂

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

I don’t mess around with my cranberry chutney; it’s Nana’s or no chutney. I am unabashedly judgy.

So why am I making Nana’s Cranberry Chutney weeks before Thanksgiving you might ask? ( Other than to share it with you, obviously.)

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

Because my Husband and I are hosting his family for the first time this Thanksgiving and I’m nervous. Truth: I’ve never roasted a turkey before. [So embarrassing!] That was always my Mom’s job. I hear other families have dry turkeys every Thanksgiving. Based on the countless articles about avoiding the embarrassment of an overdone turkey you would think there were some sort of National Dry Turkey Epidemic. Not in my house. Oh no, Mom’s turkey was moist and tender year after year. Why would I mess with perfection and try to do it myself?

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

That was my long-winded way of saying that I did a turkey test run. So, naturally, I needed some of Nana’s cranberry chutney to go with this test turkey. Another key point is that it’s a good thing my husband is out of town or he would say I’m nuts.

I have made some minor tweaks to Nana’s recipe but if you want to taste The Original, just eliminate the brandy and add more sugar.

Nana's Cranberry Chutney

My Mom says that Nana’s Cranberry Chutney makes good gifts and I believe her after spooning mine into these cute little jars. Although this may be true, it’d be hard to give them away…

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney
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Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

Nana’s Cranberry Chutney

  • Author: Lindsey


My Grandmother’s recipe for Cranberry Chutney is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Easy and aromatic, a Holiday table wouldn’t be complete without it!


  • 3 ½ cups fresh cranberries or 1 12oz bag
  • ¾ cup seedless raisins (I like to use half red and half golden)
  • 1 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon Allspice [optional – I leave it out because Mr. AHC doesn’t like it]
  • 6 oz water
  • 1 teaspoon brandy [optional – or you could use more…I’ve used up to 2 ½ teaspoons]
  • ½ cup finely diced celery
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • ¾ cup finely diced apple (peeled and cored)


  1. Combine cranberries, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, reduce the heat and simmer 15 minutes or until the cranberries pop.
  2. Stir in celery, onion, apple and brandy. Simmer at least 15 minutes. I like to cook mine for several hours over low heat until the apples, celery and onion have broken down.
Nana’s Cranberry Chutney


  • Phillip
    November 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This sounds great. I may try this for Thanksgiving.

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    November 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Looks and sounds really yummy! Good luck impressing your in-laws! I’m sure they will love it. I am not the only one that has never cooked a turkey before….and I cook professionally!~ It’s sad. We don’t normally cook turkey in the restaurant, and for Thanksgiving with family, it’s always my mom making it as well. But this year, I will be making the entire dinner. I usually don’t cook anything for Thanksgiving though since it is my time to take a break away from the kitchen.

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  • Bea
    December 10, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Are you able to can this using the water bath method ? Thanks

    • Lindsey
      December 12, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Generally speaking you can make anything in a water bath but it will take longer. I don’t think it is really that sensitive or prone to burning, so I don’t think it’s necessary, but you do you!!

  • Pattie Rascoe
    October 15, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I made Nana’s cranberry chutney yesterday as a test for Thanksgiving. It’s very tasty and jells up beautifully, but I think next time I’ll also leave out the allspice.

    • Lindsey
      October 19, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      I’m so glad you tried it and liked it! I am not a huge allspice fan either so I completely understand that omission! Happy cooking!


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