LC All We Want for Christmas Is... Note
We know, we know. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Still, we can’t help looking ahead and thinking that all we want for Christmas, after tasting this sweetly tart condiment, is jar after jar of it. That and ample leftover turkey and ham. As author Diana Henry notes, “Its selling point is that it’s both hot and sweet. It’s perfect at Christmas, when you’re making all those turkey and ham sandwiches and want cranberries with a kick.” And, she adds, “Don’t rule it out with cold rare roast beef, too.”
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 35 M
- Makes about 1 1/2 pints
Place the dried cranberries in a saucepan and add enough apple juice or orange juice to cover the tart little roly-polies. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let plump for 30 minutes.
Place the fresh or frozen cranberries and cold water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cranberries have burst, 2 to 5 minutes. Add the sugar and honey and stir until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet and sauté the onion until soft and translucent, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the vinegar and mustard and cook gently for another 5 minutes.
In a food processor, combine the plumped dried cranberries and their liquid, the cooled sugared cranberries and their liquid, and the onion mixture and pulse to the desired consistency. (If you want it really smooth, you can then press the mixture through a strainer, but it’s also quite nice when left chunky.) Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Let cool completely, transfer to jars, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. If serving straight from the refrigerator, taste again before using and, if needed, add salt and pepper to taste. (A chill tends to mute even otherwise robust flavors, so the chutney may seem underseasoned.)
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I didn’t want to like this! I’m a homemade-cranberry-sauce, Grandma’s-recipe kind of person. But I couldn’t resist. This is so good. Yes, mustard, but you smell it more than taste it. It’s better after it’s refrigerated awhile. The fresh cranberries—why not use the whole package instead of 7 1/2 ounces? Chopped onion was about 2/3 of a cup and cooked down to less than a 1/4 cup. The sauce was tart when I first tried it but mellowed in the fridge. Now I have to cook turkey!
This is delightfully delicious and oh so easy to make. It’s the perfect accompaniment for leftovers the day after Thanksgiving, and the onions give it such a wonderful flavor. The onions take about 7 minutes to turn golden, so factor in a little bit of extra time when cooking. The overall process, however, is really straightforward with great results.