Friday, September 5, 2014

Apple Chutney

fresh apples plus pantry staples is all you need!

I have made chutney before, (apricot – see it here) and loved it, but never – I repeat NEVER – as good as this! If you like chutney, make this immediately. You will either DIE or THANK ME or both! You can also thank the goddess Mollie Katzen who wrote the hippie bible, The MoosewoodCookbook, in 1977.

It also helps if you have lots of tart apples from your best friend’s tree (thank you Misty!) because there is nothing like local produce. I thought of applesauce, but why not take it one step further and have this super yummy condiment for your sharp cheddar sandwiches or to top your pork chops! And it can’t get any easier, you don’t even have to peel the apples. Get picking and stewing!

it helps to have a helper to grate the ginger

Chop - don't peel! EASY

Stew: throw ingredients in a pot, apply heat and get YUM!

Chutney makes a perfect topper for pork chops. (Fresh corn on the cob doesn't hurt either.) OR try it on a sandwich with salami and cheddar cheese! YUMMMM!!!

1 1/2 pounds apples (you can use a combo of peaches, pears - any stone fruit)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp grated ginger root
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 cup honey (to taste)
1 cup cider vinegar
cayenne to taste

1. Coarsely chop the apples. (You needn't peel them) ** YAY!
2. Combine everything in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.
3. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 45 min to 1 hour. Cool before storing in a jar.

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