Southern Mom Loves: Orange Pecan Cranberry Chutney {A Sauce, Spread, or Dip!}

Orange Pecan Cranberry Chutney {A Sauce, Spread, or Dip!}

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to start thinking about entertaining. You guys know I love a tasty dish, but there's nothing like shortcuts to make a get-together come together quickly. I have a fantastic recipe for an Orange Pecan Cranberry Chutney that makes the perfect sauce, spread, or dip during the holidays and it takes less than 20 minutes to whip up!

You can make a big batch to have on hand when you need a quick dish to bring to a party and use it in so many ways, like as a dip for these delish breaded mushrooms and a sauce for cocktail meatballs. Give it a try and you'll be hooked on this tart, sweet sauce that's perfect with any savory dish!

This chutney is so versatile, I love making a big batch to keep on hand in the fridge. I use it to dip savory morsels, as a spread on those turkey sandwiches, or as a sauce for cocktail meatballs.

The tartness of the cranberry is sweetened with freshly squeezed orange juice and the zest gives it a citrus zing.

Those flavors are balanced out with a dash of apple cider vinegar, and a bit of garlic and ginger give it a savory flavor. The already soft pecans get softened slightly more in the cooking process, which gives it a nice texture. I don't know about you, but I need texture in the foods that I eat. If it feels like pureed baby food in my mouth? Nope.

I created this sauce a few years back and it's become something my family asks for around the holidays every year. It pairs perfectly with quick-to-prepare frozen appetizers if I need a dish to bring to a party, or even if guests drop in unexpectedly.

A few amazing choices for those quick holiday dishes are Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms and their gluten-free Original Meatballs. There's no prep, just pop them in the oven and you have ready-made appetizers that you can customize any way your little heart desires!

You can find Farm Rich appetizers in the Frozen Foods section at Walmart. So many to choose from! *drools*

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And now for my recipe...

Orange Cranberry Chutney Sauce

Makes: Approx. 3-1/2 cups
Source: Holly of Southern Mom Loves

  • 2 - 14oz. cans of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • 1/4 c. fresh-squeezed orange juice + 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. pecans, chopped


  1. Start by chopping your pecans into small pieces.

  2. Zest your orange gently. Make sure not to grate down to the bitter white pith.

  3. Cut and squeeze your orange halves until you have 1/4 cup of juice.

  4. Add all ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

  5. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  6. Cool completely. It will thicken as it cools. Can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy!

To serve with Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms, cook the mushrooms as directed on the package and serve the Orange Pecan Cranberry Chutney at room temperature as a dip. You can also toss the mushrooms in the chutney to coat them, but they'll need to be served immediately.

To serve with Farm Rich Original Meatballs, cook the meatballs as directed on the package and toss the piping hot meatballs in the chutney sauce. I couldn't keep the bowl topped up fast enough! 

They would be fabulous as a snack or part of a hectic weeknight dinner, but these are some of my favorite dishes to feed a party crowd. The biggest criteria being that they are so quick and easy that I can whip up a full table, pronto!

I hope you give these a try as they have been a hit for me. Let me know what you think!


Do you entertain during the holidays? Do you need quick dishes to bring to parties? I love to read your comments!

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