Cranberry Mostarda

Cranberry Mostarda
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Cranberry Mostarda

Kathy Bechtel

Cranberry Mostarda

Mostarda in various forms appears all over Italy. It is an "agrodolce" relish (bittersweet, or sweet and sour), most commonly made from fruit, fresh, dried, or candied — quince, pears, apples, even grape must, and mixed with wine and mustard. La Cucina Italiana published a short informative article on the history of mostarda, which apparently was a favorite of Catherine de Medici, who included a jar in her dowry trunk when she travelled to France to marry the son of the king in 1533.

I've made different variations of mostarda on several occasions. Mostarda is customarily served in the fall, often paired with boiled meats. Once I made a batch, I found plenty of ways to use it — you could serve it with grilled or roasted chicken or pork, include it in an antipasti platter, serve it with some great cheeses, or grill some radicchio and brush some on just before serving. Here, I've created a version using native Maine cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards, perfect for your Thanksgiving table.

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Place all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook over low heat until softened and thick, about 20 minutes. Let cool.


Calories per serving:

60 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat, Low Sodium Fat Free, Low Fat Abs, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, No Oil Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 0g 0%
  • Carbs 13g 4%
  • Saturated 0g 0%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 1g 1%
  • Sodium 96mg 4%
  • Calcium 13mg 1%
  • Magnesium 8mg 2%
  • Potassium 79mg 2%
  • Iron 0mg 2%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 17mg 2%
  • Vitamin A 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 8%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 1%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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