Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cranberry Pumpkin Ketchup

Since eating at Wise Acre Eatery last Thursday with a group of Just One Bite readers, I have been thinking about the wonderful cranberry pumpkin "ketchup" that they serve there as a side with fries and burgers.  It was so flavorful and unique - almost like a mix between ketchup and chutney.... I just had to try to recreate it!  As the mother of an extremely busy toddler to chase around, I don't have time to hang out and create gourmet sauces to compliment my meals.  This was definitely a special circumstance.  It is sometimes a miracle that I am able to put a healthy, well rounded meal on the table each day, much less condiments to compliment them!  With that being said, I am not an expert in creating sauces, chutneys, etc. so this was relatively new to me.  What I created was absolutely delicious (I must say, I was rather impressed with myself and with how easy it really was) but a bit different than what we ate at Wise Acre.  The recipe that follows (along with some pictures) is much more like a ketchup than a chutney, but has the same flavor profiles as what I experienced last week.  If anything, I think this recipe is a bit more "kid-friendly" - my little guy loved it!  This makes a generous 2.5 cups of sauce.  Because it is made with vinegar, it will keep in your fridge for one month!  (I stored my leftovers in a mason jar).

This would make a wonderful (and affordable!) gift for your Thanksgiving Day host/hostess.  It definitely has a spot on the table with your Thanksgiving dinner, as well - I would love a scoop of this savory "ketchup" next to my turkey in place of any cranberry sauce!  It is also a wonderful everyday replacement for your standard ketchup, use it as a sandwich spread, scoop it over baked brie for a holiday gathering or use it as a dip for baked sweet potato fries.  Lots of possibilities!  As an added bonus, it has loads more nutritional value and a unique flavor that is perfect for fall.

If you do not have one already, I highly recommend that you pick up a hand blender for recipes such as this one (also wonderful for making blended soups... saves tons of time in both prep and dish cleaning!)
Cranberry Pumpkin Ketchup

Ingredients (preferably organic ingredients!)
3 cups (12 oz bag) fresh cranberries
1 small to medium sweet yellow onion, diced
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp. grated orange zest PLUS 1 large piece of orange zest PLUS juice of this orange
2 tsp. grated ginger PLUS 2 one inch pieces of ginger
3/4 cup whole cane sugar (aka rapadura)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp of salt (may need more to taste)

  1. Rinse cranberries thoroughly. Set aside to drain.
  2. In a medium to large saucepan, add water, apple cider vinegar, 2 one inch pieces of ginger and the onions. Bring to a simmer and simmer until onions are tender (10 minutes uncovered).
  3. Add juice from the orange, pumpkin puree, all orange zest and grated ginger, stir to combine with onion mixture.
  4. Add cranberries, simmer uncovered until the berries begin to pop and soften (approx. 10 minutes).
  5. Remove large ginger pieces and large piece of orange zest.
  6. Puree with hand blender (or in a food processor) until it reaches desired consistency.
  7. Add whole cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Mix well and warm through on low heat.
  8. Serve warm or cold.
(Warning: difficult to resist scraping the pan for extra tastes!) :) Enjoy!

Served here on a turkey burger (burger recipe from this week's menu plan)!

This will be linked up with:
Food Allergy Fridays
Healthy 2day Wednesdays
Fresh Bites Friday
Allergy Free Vintage Cookery Lunchbox Love


  1. Loved this recipe. Would love to post a link on my blog since it is allergy friendly too and cranberries so bring the feel of Thanksgiving :-)

  2. This sounds lovely! I found you on Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery. I love preserves and fall, so this sounds like a great combination!

  3. This is a great idea! My little guy has so many allergies and tomatoes are one of them. So, this would just make his day. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

    Also, congrats on your top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blog nomination! I'm listed as well (my son has several food allergies) and it's given me an idea. I'm starting a blog hop for anyone dealing with allergies, eczema, or asthma - adults or parents helping their children. If you're interested in joining, please visit my page. http://itchylittleworld.wordpress.com/blog-hop/

    Hopefully we can create a circle of blogs to support each other in battling these conditions.


  4. Thanks for sharing this! I recently made a cranberry-pear-carrot ketchup for my newly-tomato-allergic daughter. This one sounds much more appetizing! :)

  5. What a great Thanksgiving recipe. I am always looking for something to do with the seasonal cranberry. I am now following you and would love it if you visited my blog and followed back. My recipes are real food, mostly vegan, and gluten free at Gluten Free A-Z