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Cranberry Pear Chutney- Just in Time for Thanksgiving!

By on Nov 19, 2012, 4:30 pm in Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory, Recipes-Sweet | 7 comments

Cranberry ChutneyCranberry Pear Chutney


This recipe is so good, that one of my regular Thanksgiving clients asked if I could please send her more of it this year. 

It started out as a recipe in Gourmet Magazine, underwent some changes in the kitchen of a catering company I worked for in New York City for several years, and then went through more changes as I worked from memory to restore it after starting my own catering business in L.A.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as my clients do.


Mise en Place Cranberry Chutney



  • 12 ounces cranberries, picked over
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno chile, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Juice and grated zest of one large lime
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


In a heavy saucepan combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on medium to low heat, stirring gently with a wooden spoon occasionally, for about 15- 20 minutes, or until the berries have burst. The chutney keeps, covered and chilled, for several weeks. Serve the chutney at room temperature.

Yield: @3 cups



  1. Beautiful – love the pears here. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Avatar LiztheChef

    November 19, 2012

  2. Sounds delicious. Will try soon.

    Avatar linda Rangel

    November 25, 2012

  3. Hi Gisele. This is a fantastic recipe! Thanks so much for posting it.

    Best wishes, Alex

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    November 29, 2012

  4. This Chutney can be useful in any reception too as it seems to be delicious and mouth watering, one can definitely enjoy the taste of it at it’s best. Thank you for the ingredients and recipe

    Avatar Henry

    December 17, 2012

  5. During the winter, I love the taste of cranberries. They are tart yet have a tangy flavor that seems to suit the season. Pears are one of my favorite fruits all year round. The combination of the two sounds delightful sweet and tart. I have to try this one even though I’m finding it long after Thanksgiving.

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    January 24, 2013

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