November 14, 2012

Quick Cranberry Orange Chutney {Powernap}

Quick Spiced Cranberry Sauce via The Naptime Chef

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

We have a bit of a cranberry sauce divide in our house. My husband insists that it should be served straight out a can, preferably still in the shape of a can with the rings from the actual can visible on the jiggly tower of sauce. For nearly ten years I’ve tried my best to understand why he thinks this is the most desirable way to eat cranberry sauce and still haven’t figured it out. I, on the other hand, find the gelatinous canned stuff completely unappealing and prefer a simple scratch recipe. I love this because it is so good on the dinner table and is even better on turkey sandwiches the day after. Who doesn’t love a condiment that performs double-duty?!

For me, the best part about this chutney is what a cinch it is to make in advance. Not just the night before, more like a whole week ahead. When you are planning on hosting a huge party these kind of make-ahead recipes can be the key to staying sane on the big day. This year I don’t have any need to thinking about cooking ahead since we are not hosting. Instead I enjoyed whipping this up earlier this week and using it for turkey sammies. (Yes, that’s right. I skipped the actual roasting of the turkey and went straight for making the leftover sandwich!) Despite the fact that my homemade sauce did not show the signs of being from a can (thank goodness) my husband loved the tangy chutney combined with some blue cheese, turkey and stuffing. I think I might not wait for Thanksgiving next year to make this again!


Quick Cranberry Orange Chutney

makes 2 cups


¾ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cups water
4 cups fresh cranberries,
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice


1. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat and warm until the sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir over medium-low heat until the cranberries collapse and the flavors are incorporated, about 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat to low and allow the sauce to thicken, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool completely before serving!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This is a great condiment for Thanksgiving and is also good for turkey sandwiches any time of the year. It is even a great topping for turkey burgers!

Naptime Stopwatch

5 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cook time

Naptime Reviews

Even though my husband loves the canned stuff he’ll still eat this!

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  3. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts says:

    This looks good. Is 4 cups of fresh cranberries about what’s in a bag at the grocery store?

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef says:

      Hi Kirsten – that is a little less than two bags (fresh) and is exactly two bags (frozen) if that helps! 🙂

  4. Heathbar says:

    Looks wonderful. I made cranberry and applesauce one year and another year made cranberry sauce and added orange marmalade.

  5. Looks like a great recipe! Great way to reinvent those turkey leftovers in a sandwich, I think chutneys and relishes makes great additions to sandwiches. Thanks for another quick and simple recipe!

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