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Smoked Serrano Cranberry Chutney

Smoked Serrano Cranberry Chutney

Smoked Serrano Cranberry Chutney

Recipe By Chef Scott Callahan


4 cups

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

25 Minutes

Recipe By Chef Scott Callahan

Add some spice to your Thanksgiving meal! This is a unique alternative to the usual cranberry chutney found on many Thanksgiving holiday feast tables. The fruit, holiday spices, and serrano chiles all add layers of complex flavors to the traditional sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Makes a great accompaniment to roast pork, chicken or turkey. Delicious with roasted squash or potatoes. Use leftovers on grilled cheese or quesadillas.

Recipe Notes

This chutney is spicy but the heat mellows over time. For a milder version, use half the amount of suggested Serrano and Urfa.


1/2 cup water

1/2 cup orange juice

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup minced shallot

4 Serrano chiles, destemmed and deseeded

1/4 cup small diced dried apricots

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Ground Jamaican Allspice

    Ground Jamaican Allspice comes from Jamaican Allspice Berries. This flavorful spice gets its name from tasting like a blend of cinnamon, clove, gin...

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  • Crushed Urfa Chiles

    Crushed Urfa Chiles are a darker variety of chile flakes that carry a little more bite in spice than your typical crushed red pepper flakes or Alep...

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  • Ground Indonesian Cinnamon

    Ground Indonesian Cinnamon is a quality baking cinnamon powder that's great in pies, pastries and other sweets. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on toast, ...

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  • Sliced Crystallized Ginger

    Our sliced crystallized ginger has a delicious and sweet, yet sharp flavor.


In a small saucepan, bring water and orange juice to a boil. Stir in cranberries and brown sugar. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the remaining ingredients. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and heavily coats the back of a spoon, about 15 to 20 min. Delicious served warm, room temperature or chilled.