This recipe was inspired by my trip to Argentina. One day, while exploring in the capital of Buenos Aires, my husband and I stumbled upon a tiny, whole-in-the-wall gourmet food shop. I slowly walked around taking in every detail of the contents of the place. There were jams, chimichurri sauces, salsas, and chutneys of every kind. I was a kid in a candy store, drooling with excitement, yet frantically anxious with the thought that I couldn’t have one of everything! How can you just choose one!
I finally came to the decision of a Savory Apple Chutney. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted. Tangy, spicy, and yet perfectly balanced in flavors I would have never put together. It was an eye opener for me. Chutney was my new favorite condiment, and I’ve loved it ever since.
With that memory, I give you my holiday version, and worldly spin on, the classic cranberry sauce. No reaching for the can opener here, this is made with whole cranberries and fresh pears. I’ve added savory ingredients like garlic and shallots and turned up the spice with ginger and cinnamon. In addition, I balanced it out with some aromas of orange zest and just a hint of stevia to mellow out the tartness of the cranberries.
Not only does this pair perfectly with the holiday turkey, it’s delicious served with pork tenderloin, or added to baked butternut squash.
Cranberry Pear Chutney
10oz bag fresh/frozen cranberries 2 Pears, roughly chopped, skins left on
Zest of 1 orange- about 1 Tablespoon
1 shallot, small diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1” piece of fresh ginger, peeled
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 drops liquid stevia
¼ Cup water
1.Combine all ingredients into medium saucepan.
2. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Using a slotted spoon or potato masher, mash all ingredients- while still leaving some texture to the cranberries and pears.
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Discard Cinnamon stick and ginger piece.
5. Chill for 1 hour. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Remember: if you are committed to losing weight or reducing fasting blood sugars, partake of these higher carb recipes sparingly. While they are made with healthy ingredients their higher carb content may slow up weight loss and reduction of blood sugars.