Cranberry and Citrus Confit

30 Dec

I am till trying to squeeze in a few festive recipes before we leave the celebrations behind, I thought I would share this favourite with you.  It´s another Delia Smith recipe, tweaked as ever, but enjoyed not only at Christmas.  As it is reduced to a jam like consistency, it keeps in the fridge for about a month and can also be made later in the year using sour cherries or even dried (and reconstituted) apricots.  Wonderful with cold meats and pickles, or bangers and mash (if you know what that is!).


  • 500g red onions finely sliced (you can use white if red not available)
  • 2 gloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of red or white wine vinegar
  • 150g (approx) of cranberries or other sour fruit
  • Grated zest and juice or an orange plus the zest of a lemon
  • Optional – ¼ teaspoon of crushed cardamom seeds
  • Salt & Pepper to season

Cook the onion, garlic and sugar slowly in the oil for about 10-15 minutes-  Allow to soften but not to brown.  Then add the rest of the ingredients, cover and simmer for 10-15 mins.  Remove the lid and reduce for a further 30 mins (approx) until the mixture is thick and jam like in texture.  Cool and place in a plastic container.  Serve at room temperature.

PS. This morning we planted our garlic. Tradition round here says it should be done around Christmas Eve, preferably when the moon is waning.  We´re a bit out of sorts what with Christmas, so they only went in today.  About 100 cloves, so fingers crossed that in about 4-5 months we´ll be harvesting!


32 Responses to “Cranberry and Citrus Confit”

  1. spicegirlfla December 30, 2011 at 14:23 #

    I can still find cranberries in my market and will buy some extras to freeze as I love to make dishes like this. Mostly I’ve used cranberries in a relish or sauce and have not added garlic so I’m very interested in trying this out. Sounds delicious; I can think of many ways to use it!

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 15:15 #

      Do give it a go if you have cranberries – it´s sweet, sharp, tangy and mmmmmmmm!

  2. gardenfreshtomatoes December 30, 2011 at 15:46 #

    Is it hard to get cranberries there? I know several American expats in France who moan the lack…and the expense when they CAN find them…

    Beautiful recipe – good old Delia

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 16:17 #

      Impossible to find fresh where I am in Spain – I have only ever found dried ones in Lidl, but I made a trip to Gibraltar (British enclave in Spain!) and got them there 😉

  3. ChgoJohn December 30, 2011 at 16:09 #

    This time of year, I always buy up cranberries and panettone and freeze both. A cranberry side in April is a nice change, as is panettone french toast anytime. I will definitely give your confit a try, Tanya. It sounds delicious!

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 16:18 #

      What a great idea to freeze panettone…I´m sure it´s so much nicer than when it starts to dry out 😦

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide December 30, 2011 at 16:15 #

    I love the use of onions, never use those with cranberries, must try.

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 16:19 #

      Ooh – I thought I was doing a “same old” thing with this, but maybe not with the onions?!

  5. spree December 30, 2011 at 16:54 #

    This looks divine! I’ll be packing this away in freezer jars for sure. A bit like a chutney, great on crostini with cheese or on chicken or turkey sandwiches. Cranberries, not just for Christmas anymore. Thanks for sharing! I love the sounds of this.

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 20:43 #

      That´s exactly how I like to eat it and with a tangy cheese….wonderful!

  6. foodblogandthedog December 30, 2011 at 16:59 #

    Your cranberry sauce sounds amazing, not boring at all love the cardamom & orange zest! Hope you try the scones with that last punnet of cranberries for Reyes, they are too good I keep eating them! Happy New Year Tanya xx

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 20:44 #

      Thanks Natalie – this is definitely not a sweet, traditional (or boring!) cranberry sauce – I promise you! And I´ll let you know how the scones go 🙂

  7. peasepudding December 30, 2011 at 20:23 #

    I’m all for keeping the festive recipes going, I’d love to make this but cranberries are so difficult to get hold of here. I have been making lots of other preserves and relished this week tho. Happy New Year form NZ

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 20:47 #

      Hi there PeasePudding and thanks for dropping by all the way from NZ! I guess summer is not the best time for cranberries where you are (if at all…I´m not sure?) but you´ll be having cherries soon so they would be a great replacement. Especially if they are sour. Thanks for your comment and happy new year and happy preserve making!

  8. Mad Dog December 30, 2011 at 20:36 #

    That sounds nice and tart. Good luck with the garlic – my favourite vegetable 😉

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 21:09 #

      Where would we be without garlic?! We did get a bit carried away and planted about 280 cloves….

  9. nancy todd December 30, 2011 at 21:18 #

    Hi, Just to let you know that we have chosen your blog as one of our favorites for 2011! Happy New Year.

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 22:48 #

      Woo Hoo – thanks so much! What an honour and am looking forward to sharing more stories, adventures and recipes in 2012.

  10. Karen December 30, 2011 at 22:16 #

    I love all of the savory flavors with the cranberries…it really sounds great. I hope the Garlic Gods smile on you even though you are just a wee bit late with the planting.

    • Chica Andaluza December 30, 2011 at 22:44 #

      Thanks Karen – we love the sharp and citrusy flavours! Fingers crossed for the garlic…will have to give some progress reports 😉

  11. Malou Prestado December 30, 2011 at 23:07 #

    I love cranberry tart with whipped cream but I should try your cranberry and citrus confit next time that I cook some wild meat because they always go well together.

    • Chica Andaluza December 31, 2011 at 00:29 #

      Cranberry tart sounds good – but if you do try the confit, hope you enjoy it!

  12. ceciliag December 31, 2011 at 02:53 #

    100 cloves of garlic.. no kissing in your house!? No seriously now, you were in my dreams last night .. weird i know.. we were making a fruit thing with wine.. who knows, i did not write it in my dreams just made it.. and I was happy.. there you are.. a dream.. a dream.. c

    • Chica Andaluza December 31, 2011 at 09:40 #

      Lots of kissing in my house – we all stink of garlic, even the dogs! And how lovely that I was in your dreams…hope the fruit thing was good. Actually, I thought of you first thing this morning as my grannies whisk is not going to work with the butter…wrong design. Putting the thinking cap back on. How obsessed are we with the kitchen/farmy?!

  13. kathryningrid December 31, 2011 at 04:08 #

    Quite, quite different from the rather plain version of cranberry and citrus relish I grew up with and make. The savory additions this one has intrigue me and tempt me. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza December 31, 2011 at 09:43 #

      Hi KathrynIngrid – I guess we all grew up mostly on slightly less “exotic” or plainer flavours…then gradually we all got a bit more experimental. This one is definitely worth trying if you can get hold of cranberries. Be tempted ….. 😉

  14. thecompletecookbook January 2, 2012 at 13:36 #

    ooo la la – what a delightful recipe – HAVE TO try this with bangers and mash – yummy-licious!
    🙂 Mandy

  15. salima aqiqah December 17, 2015 at 05:25 #

    its a very good idea

  16. Kursus ACLS August 18, 2016 at 12:13 #

    it looks sweet and yummy

  17. aida tour February 11, 2017 at 04:21 #

    it’s so nice, i’ll try the recipe,, thank’s


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