Cranberry Chutney and a Giveaway! #AlamoSnacksNHacks

cranberry chutney

I’ve had all sorts of food travel disasters at the holidays. When I was in college, my girlfriends and I were having potlucks pretty much every month. So when it was time for our Thanksgiving potluck, I was volunteered to make the ham. I made a ham with cloves, pineapple, cherries and brown sugar. It was so pretty! I let it cool, and for some reason decided I had to take the whole baking pan with the drippings, because what’s a ham without those fabulous sweet and spicy drippings at the bottom of the pan? So guess what, someone in front of me stopped short and my defensive driving trying to avoid an accident sent ham juice all over the seat and carpet of my car. The ham was intact, but that juice went everywhere! I never got the small of ham out of that car, even after shampooing the carpet several times.

Now I’m much more careful when I travel with food. I’ve developed several tips and tricks to prevent spillage, broken plates and save your carpets and car upholstery.

My best travel hack when trying to transport foods where liquid is involved, is to place the dish in a container that will fit in your cooler. Coolers aren’t just to keep foods cold, they will also keep them warm and prevent messy spills. Just pick a dish that fits in your cooler, make your recipe, wrap it as best as you can with aluminum foil, and then place it in your cooler before putting it in your car.

If you don’t have dishes that will fit in your cooler, just line the trunk of your car or back of your SUV with a large garbage bag that has been split open. This will save your carpet if you do accidentally spill anything. Then gather all your big beach towels and make little nests for your dishes. Make sure the towels are under and all around each dish. This will keep your items safe and sound during transport.

cranberry sauce

But do you want to forget about these hacks and take something as simple as the cups but still a fancy food item? How about this cranberry chutney appetizer! You can make this the day before and place it in jars.  To pack this recipe for travel, just place a jar of chutney (tightly sealed), a block of cream cheese and a box of Ritz crackers in a shopping bag. The chutney can be served at room temperature and the cream cheese will have to be at room temperature too so that you can spread it on the plate, so you don’t have to worry about keeping any of these foods cold or hot! Then when you arrive at your destination, just borrow a plate from your hostess and assemble.

cranberries and crackers

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Yield: Serves 4

Cranberry Chutney

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1 12 oz package fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup tropical mix dried fruits (such as pineapple, apricot, papaya)
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
2 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For serving:
softened cream cheese


Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat. Continue to cook until cranberries have burst and chutney has thickened.

Let cool and place in a glass jar for transport. When ready to serve, spread room temperature cream cheese on serving dish and top with some of the cranberry chutney. There will be chutney leftover.

Serve with crackers.

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Were you asked to bring dessert? Sweet potato and pumpkin pies travel especially well. So do brownie pies and eggnog pie. You might like this sweet potato pie. It makes the perfect treat to travel with when going to friend’s or family’s homes this Thanksgiving holiday. You can bake this pie Thanksgiving morning or even the day before.  Then just  cover it with plastic wrap after it’s cooled.

These crescent rolls are great for traveling on Thanksgiving too. You can make the dough for these the day before, refrigerate the dough and then make the rolls Thanksgiving morning. Then just package them in a bread basket and you’re all set to travel. These rolls are perfect at room temperature, but are also good reheated in a warm oven.

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We’ve got two great prize packs to give away from Alamo today that would be perfect for your upcoming holiday travels! The first prize is for  the best travel-friendly recipe ($167).

  • $75 AMEX Gift Card
  • True Fabrications Metropolitan Tote
  • Cool Gear Salad Lunch Kit
  • Tupperware Round Cake Taker
  • Alamo Carabiner w Sanitizer
  • Alamo 16oz Travel Coffee Mug
  • Alamo Rugby Tote Bag

The second winner is for the best food travel-hack ($180).

  • $75 AMEX Gift Card
  • True Fabrications Metropolitan Tote
  • Cool Gear Salad Lunch Kit
  • OXO 12 pc LockTop Container Set
  • Tupperware Round Pie and Pastry Container
  • Alamo Carabiner w Sanitizer
  • Alamo 16oz Travel Coffee Mug
  • Alamo Rugby Tote Bag

To enter in the giveaway just leave a comment below telling me your favorite travel-friendly recipes and your favorite travel-food hack.

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This post and prize packs sponsored by Alamo. All opinions 100% mine.

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  24 Responses to “Cranberry Chutney and a Giveaway! #AlamoSnacksNHacks”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    My family’s favorite travel snacks is homemade trail mix! We package them in small snack size baggies so they’re easy to get to.

  2. Tracee โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    My favorite take along food is sandwiches in a cooler. They are easy and can last even during long road trips. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lisa Brown โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    I like to travel with anything dry and not too perishable: crackers, dry cereals, chips, dried fruit, nuts, maybe carrots. For a hack, I like zip-lock bags of all sizes for drinks and foods. Or those large thermal totes that can keep food cold or warm, depending on what you are transporting.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  4. Jessie C. โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    I like trail mix and homemade dark chocolate pecan brownies as travel snacks, especially for long fly trips.

  5. D Schmidt โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    My Travel Friendly Recipe is sausage rolls, easy to make, tasty and something every member of my family loves!

    My Best Food Travel Hack is use Ziploc bags! They are fantastic for the kids because they can grab food out of them and zip them closed to store items.

  6. Carmen โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    I love dried fruits and nuts and crackers for travel snack food. We make sure we pack plenty of drinks to take along too.

  7. DESIREE H โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    My best travel friendly recipe is my sausage and cheese dip in the crockpot. I have a wall outlet installed in my car (it came stock with the car so it is safe lol) , and I plug in the crock pot and it keeps the sausage and cheese dip warm!
    1 jar Pace Picante Sauce (Hot or mild, up to you!)
    1 full block of Velveeta cheese
    1 roll of Jimmy Dean Sausage

    It is AMAZING ! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much for the chance!!

  8. DESIREE H โ€” December 4, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    My best food travel hack is that when I make my buffalo chicken dip for parties I put the lid on the 13ร—9 glass pan. I then put a silicone oven mitt underneath the glass (between the floor and the glassware!) I also bring two extra oven mitts to carry the pan in to the party since it is usually still hot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a tip! lol. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective โ€” December 5, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    Mmmm…the chutney looks delicious! Great giveaway, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cassie โ€” December 5, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I love this, Angie. Great idea to serve on cream cheese!

  11. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles โ€” December 6, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I could find a zillion ways to eat this chutney, love it!

  12. Amy L โ€” December 7, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

    We like to have party mix, nuts, fresh fruit, and maybe some homemade cookies or muffins when we travel. We keep a small cooler in the car stocked with water, yogurt, and string cheese.

  13. Heather โ€” December 8, 2013 @ 2:01 am

    I love making homemade chex mix or trail mix!

  14. Meghan Finley โ€” December 8, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    We are big on bringing a cooler with us everywhere, just in case. I’m a big fan of wraps or sandwiches. Also love our homemade snack mixes or fruit salad.

  15. Ashley H โ€” December 8, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    1/4 cup honey
    1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup powdered milk

    Can add 1/3 cup coconut, if you like.

    “All you do is mix these ingredients together and shape into balls and EAT

  16. Ashley H โ€” December 8, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    I use Snapware to easily transport all my food. They are great!

  17. Shelly โ€” December 10, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    We love to have trail mix or chex mix.

  18. Ashley Outland โ€” December 10, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    Our favorite travel snack is a homemade chex mix and puppy chow! As for a travel hack, I always line the seat or floorboard with a towel just in case! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Hildy โ€” December 10, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    I like to mix up alittle dip and take along carrots. Also, as a treat a few chocolate chi cookies and lots of water.

  20. angela saver โ€” December 11, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    Our favorite travel-friendly recipe is homemade granola! My travel hack is to line the backseat with a towel so if the kids end up making a mess, it’s not as bad!

    [email protected]

  21. april yedinak โ€” December 12, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    My favorite travel friendly recipes are brownies and sausage bread. They hold up to travel and they are always a crowd pleaser.

  22. april yedinak โ€” December 12, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    My favorite food traveling hack is to keep small cardboard boxes in the trunk of my car, so that I can put each item in it’s own box so that they don’t roll around and the cardboard also works to insulate them.

  23. sharonjo โ€” December 16, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    Our favorite travel-friendly food is baked oatmeal made in cupcake pans, easy to grab and go and kind of healthy too.

    My travel hack happened at Thanksgiving, when I was asked to bring a crock pot recipe to my brother’s home 2 hours away. We got a power inverter that plugs into the crock pot, then into the cigarette lighter in the car–worked great. Thank you!

  24. Kimberly โ€” December 18, 2013 @ 3:54 am

    I often make pies and quiches for bake sales and special occasions, but transporting more than one or two at a time was always a hassle. I was thrilled to read a great tip about putting them inside stackable bamboo steamer baskets secured with kitchen twine. What a game changer! Now I can easily transport multiple pies at once.

    The stacking steamer baskets are also very handy on road trips to keep pre-portioned baggies of crackers & cookies, peanut butter sandwiches and other delicate items from being crushed in my purse or tote bag.

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