Cranberry Studded Mincemeat Veg

On Friday, December 6th, 2013

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe is packed with port, brandy, spices and dried fruit – what’s not to love?

  • Less than 30 mins preparation time

  • 30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

  • Makes 600ml/1 pint


  • 75g/2½oz soft dark brown sugar
  • 60ml/2fl oz ruby port
  • 300g/10½oz cranberries
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 75g/2½oz currants
  • 75g/2½oz raisins
  • 30g/1oz dried cranberries
  • 1 clementine, zest and juice only
  • 25ml/1fl oz brandy
  • few drops almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey

Preparation method

  1. In a large pan, dissolve the sugar in the ruby port over a gentle heat.
  2. Add the cranberries and stir.
  3. Add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves, currants, raisins, dried cranberries and the zest and juice of the clementine.
  4. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the fruit has broken down and has absorbed most of the liquid in the pan. (You may need to squish the cranberries a little with the back of a wooden spoon to incorporate them fully.)
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  6. Add the brandy, almond extract, vanilla extract and honey and stir well with a wooden spoon to mash the mixture down into a paste.
  7. Spoon the mincemeat into sterilised jars and, once cool, store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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  1. I find this recipe interesting! I love preparing foods which are unusual or what we called as exotic ones. But the problem is cranberries are not available in our country. Anyone would like to help me where to buy these cranberries? I would appreciate someone if anyone knows.

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