I love cranberry sauce with heat. Every year, I make my grandmother’s cranberry recipe with horseradish. It sounds strange, but it is the thing that I look most forward to on the Thanksgiving table. Every time I make it for someone new, they ask me for the recipe. It is not Thanksgiving without it.
I was in the airport flipping through magazines and came across this Cranberry and Chili Jam in BBC Good Food Magazine. (How I miss magazines in English, especially at holiday time.) I found this recipe and knew that it would be great.
It is called jam, but I think that it more like a chutney or cranberry sauce. You could serve this as cranberry sauce and it would be amazing alongside your turkey dinner. It is also delicious on a cheese plate or spread on your leftover turkey sandwich.
Cranberry and Chili Jam //
- 500 grams cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 2-inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 3-4 red chilies, chopped
- 225 grams sugar
- 100 ml red wine vinegar
You can alter the heat by leaving in the seeds and ribs of the chili.
I deseeded and took the ribs out of two and left one in. I wanted some heat, but not too much and this was perfect.
Add half of the cranberries to a food processor with ginger and chilies.
Pulse until finely chopped.
Scrape into a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the rest of the cranberries, sugar, and vinegar.
Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the jam gets sticky looking, cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. It will look be glossy and bubbly.
I used a potato masher and smashed the whole berries to make a smoother jam.
Transfer to a clean jar. You can make this at least a week ahead of time, it will keep well in the fridge.
MORE CRANBERRY RECIPES //
Bobbie’s Berries // I can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without this cranberry horseradish sauce. It’s more like a jelly, and it is a great recipe if you want to try a homemade version of the canned cranberries we all love. You can also make this without horseradish. I typically split the recipe and do half with and half without.
Cranberry Cuddle // This warm drink is the perfect thing to drink on the first snow day or while trimming the tree. It is one of those dangerous drinks, it packs a punch, but doesn’t taste like it.
Cranberry Walnut Pie // This is called a pie, but it isn’t really. It is the simplest dessert ever and can be thrown together in minutes. Another gem from my grandmother.
Cranberry Blue Cheese Walnut Pinwheels // These are incredible as an appetizer or served alongside a hearty salad or soup. Sweet and savory is my favorite combination and these are just that.