Julia's Cranberry Chutney
by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
Adapted by StarChefs.com
August 2004

“This crimson condiment--tart and sweet, with a touch of heat--is delicious with all kinds of hot and cold meats, and particularly good on leftover turkey sandwiches. It will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.”

-- Julia Child, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Alfred A. Knopf

Yield: 2 ½ cups


1 large Granny Smith apple
1 lemon, medium-size
1 cup orange juice
3 cups fresh cranberries (one 12-ounce bag) more if needed
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, plus more if needed
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne, plus more to taste

Halve and core the apple (peeled first, if you prefer)and dice it into small pieces, about 1 1/2 cups. Pare 10 or so thin strips of peel from the lemon with a zester or paring knife, then trim off the ends and cut the lemon Lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter into thin (1/4-inch) triangles. Pour the orange juice and cranberries into a sturdy 2 or 3-quart saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Add the apple and lemon pieces, the strips of lemon peel, vinegar, and seasonings, and stir all together. Cover the pan and bring to the boil over high heat. Stir the ingredients, reduce the heat to medium, and cook covered for about 5 minutes, until all the cranberries have burst. Uncover the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer for another 4 or 5 minutes, until the chutney is thick. Taste and stir in small amounts more vinegar, sugar, salt, or cayenne, as you like. Cool to room temperature before serving. The Chutney will keep in the refrigerator several weeks, or longer if you freeze it.