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Cranberry amaretto chutney is homemade fruit chutney made from fresh cranberries and amaretto. This easy chutney recipe makes a delicious, easy appetizer, dip, or condiment.

I’m not totally sure when I first tried this Cranberry Amaretto Chutney but I did share it here over five years ago and it’s just so good I thought it was worth sharing again. It’s originally a recipe from my mom and it’s just so versatile. The best part is how easy it is to make but still be an elegant part of your holiday appetizer lineup.

Cranberry Amaretto Chutney is also easy to make ahead. Make up a batch and store it in the refrigerator to pull out when you’re ready to serve for all your holiday gatherings. I normally serve it over cream cheese with crackers but I have also found it is delicious on its own too.

While I normally serve it as an appetizer, it’s also great paired with grilled pork or chicken. Add a salad and my Easy Stovetop Wild Rice Pilaf and you’ve got an easy, elegant holiday meal good enough for company!

The tartness of the cranberries and lemon juice paired with the sweetness of the sugar and marmalade and a splash of amaretto just work! The alcohol in this chutney mostly cooks off but it does leave behind a nice flavor that makes the Cranberry Amaretto Chutney have a gourmet taste too.

I like to buy cranberries this time of year from my local wholesale club. I can get a HUGE bag for less than $5 (which is almost what it costs from the grocery store!) And I keep them in the freezer to use year-round. They freeze beautifully!

That makes it even easier to make a large batch of this Cranberry Amaretto Chutney. Find some pretty jars and make a tag so you can give it as gifts too. For more food gift inspiration, check out my 50+ Fabulous Food Gift Ideas roundup post by clicking here.

Now on to the cranberry amaretto chutney recipe:

Cranberry Amaretto Chutney with Cream Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 – 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 C cranberries – fresh (or frozen)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 T +1 t lemon juice
  • ½ t of lemon rind
  • ¼ C amaretto
  • 1 T orange marmalade (I have subbed apricot jam before too and it’s tasty!)

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 C cranberries and sugar. Heat until it comes to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients(not the cream cheese). Let cool and pour over cream cheese block or you may spread cream cheese in a shallow dish and spread cranberry mixture over the top.

Notes

Sometimes I only use one block of cream cheese to serve. It just depends on the proportion of chutney to cheese that you like. [br][br]Also, even though the original directions call for you to stir the amaretto into the boiled cranberry mixture OFF the heat, I will bring it back to a boil so some of the alcohol cooks off. Just remember that if you will have children (or others who are alcohol averse) around who might be sampling this appetizer!







Cranberry Amaretto Chutney with Cream Cheese

Cranberry amaretto chutney is homemade fruit chutney made from fresh cranberries. This easy chutney recipe makes an easy appetizer, dip, or condiment.

Ingredients



  • 2


    – 8 oz cream cheese




  • 2


    C cranberries – fresh (or frozen)




  • 1


    C sugar




  • 1


    T +1 t lemon juice




  • 1/2


    t of lemon rind




  • 1/4


    C amaretto




  • 1


    T orange marmalade (I have subbed apricot jam before too and it’s tasty!)

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 C cranberries and sugar. Heat until it comes to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients(not the cream cheese). Let cool and pour over cream cheese block or you may spread cream cheese in a shallow dish and spread cranberry mixture over the top.

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Recipe Notes

Sometimes I only use one block of cream cheese to serve. It just depends on the proportion of chutney to cheese that you like.

Also, even though the original directions call for you to stir the amaretto into the boiled cranberry mixture OFF the heat, I will bring it back to a boil so some of the alcohol cooks off. Just remember that if you will have children (or others who are alcohol averse) around who might be sampling this appetizer!













Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1594kcal
Calories from fat 442

% Daily Value
Total Fat 49g 75%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 533mg 22%
Carbohydrate 260g 87%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 240g
Protein 9g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:















Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g





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