Smash roasted potatoes and cranberry chutney

One of the main reasons I like winter is food. There is something about the cold weather that makes you crave for comforting food. Being in the US for the past few years, I have had a chance to enjoy colder winters compared to India and also had a chance to experience a culture and traditions that are new. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the US. It is a time to catch up with family and celebrate what you have and remember to be thankful for everything.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

As we get closer to the thanksgiving weekend, the husband and I are already making plans for the long weekend. We decided to spend this thanksgiving at home rather than take a vacation or travel anywhere in general. We are planning to just chill at home, make some good food, enjoy the long weekend and relax. As an early start, I decided to make this tasty recipe.

I wanted to do something wacky and new – I like roasted potatoes a lot. Everything about them is appealing – the taste, the texture and the flavor. I wanted to jazz it up a notch by pairing it up with a twist on the traditional cranberry sauce (a staple of thanksgiving meals) – my own creation – The cranberry chutney.

This chutney is sour, sweet, tangy and spicy and can accompany anything on the thanks giving table.

Cranberries are in season and I love working with veggies and fruits that are in season ūüôā

Ingredients :

  • 1 lb or 450 gm Butter cream potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Thyme (dried)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ¬ľ cup jaggery or palm sugar
  • 1 clove Garlic (finely chopped)
  • ¬Ĺ tsp Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 Green chili (Hot Thai chili)
  • Pinch Orange zest

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Serves 8

Prep time 5 min

Cook time 20-25 min

Passive time  10 min

Recipe level Intermediate

Spice level 4  (On a scale of 1 to 6)

Shelf life 1-2 days in refrigerator for the chutney using an air tight container.

Serving suggestion Warm or Room temperature

Instructions:

  • In deep pot boil water.¬†Cook the potatoes for 15 – 20 min on medium heat.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • To¬†another deep pot add the cranberries and saute for a minute.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the jaggery. Once it caramelizes add water. Mix well.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Set the potatoes to cool down.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Preheat the oven to 450 F. Grease a baking rack and drizzle some olive oil.¬†

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • In a separate plate smash each potato using a paper napkin.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Plate all the smashed potatoes on the baking rack. Add salt, pepper and thyme. Drizzle some olive oil on the top.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Bake for 16-20 min.
  • Meanwhile mix the cranberries sauce well, add some more water if necessary.
  • Add the orange zest and a pinch of salt.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • In a small sauce pan add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Once it is heated add the slit green chili and few seconds later add mustard seeds.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Once the mustard seeds splatter, add the garlic and ginger.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Once the smell of the ginger and garlic is gone , this would take 30 seconds, add the tempering to the cranberry sauce.
  • Mix well and set aside.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Take the potatoes from the oven and carefully place them onto a platter.

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Either add the cranberry chutney on the top or dip your potatoes in the chutney.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes :

  • If you prefer smaller bites for an appetizer you could use baby potatoes instead and bake for 15-18 min.
  • I got the butter cream potatoes from the fresh market near by.
  • You can use the chutney on any other side dishes too.
  • You can use fresh thyme for a much enhanced flavor and also for garnish.

This year I’m thankful for the health and wellness of our families.

I would love to know what you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ūüôā !!

Love

Sneha

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