I've never understood why chutneys are not as popular here in the States as they are abroad. Yes, they involve a lot chopping, but sometimes after a grueling day, chopping just feels GOOD!!! So therapeautic! I usually do the following as a half batch. It is great served as an appetizer, such as soft brie on a simple cracker and topped with this! It's also great alongside pork and ham. And chicken ...... Put up in small jars, it makes for great holiday gifts.
- 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 2 cups minced onion
- 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar (or rice wine vinegar)
- 1 1/2 cups firmly-packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 1 red bell pepper, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes (or to taste)
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to moderate and stir occasionally for abut 40 minutes, or until it is thickened. Spoon into glass jars with tight-fitting lids. It keeps chilled, for two weeks (I've kept it a lot longer).
(makes about six cups)
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