This week we have the amazing fantasy author Chris Pavesic in the kitchen preparing a delicious and healthy addition to your dinner menu. The kitchen is all yours, Chris.
This recipe is one of the first I make during the fall season to go along with the bountiful harvest of apples available in my area of the Midwest.
I use organic ingredients whenever I can. I find that it improves the flavor and I think it is healthier for me and my family. However, this chutney can easily be made with non-organic ingredients as well. It is all up to you—the cook.
Traditionally apple chutney is a savory sauce made from apples, brown sugar, vinegar, onions and various herbs and spices. It has a sweet and tart flavor that complements meat dishes such as roast chicken, beef, ham and pork chops.
In my family, certain people are allergic to onions (myself included). So I adapt recipes to take these allergies into consideration. I thought I would share my recipe with you.
Easy Apple Chutney
- ⅔ cup brewed tea, warm
- 8 organic ginger candies
- 5 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced.
- 1 cup celery, diced very fine
- ⅓ cup Key Lime Juice
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- ¾ cup cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. dried mustard powder or 2 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1½ tsp. sea salt
- ¾ cup dried cherries
Partially dissolve the ginger candies in the tea. Do not be concerned if the ginger candies do not completely dissolve. They will continue to melt during the cooking. You can substitute 1 tbsp. powdered ginger or 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger in place of the candies. If you do, increase the light brown sugar to 1 Cup, lightly packed.
Combine the tea mixture and all remaining ingredients into a Dutch Oven. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes on your stovetop, stirring occasionally. Remove the cover and cook for about another 20 minutes. You want the excess liquid to evaporate and the chutney to thicken.
Remove from the Dutch Oven and set aside to cool. Store covered in the refrigerator.
I like recipes that can be made in Dutch Ovens and Crock Pots. They really save a lot of time/effort. This one is probably one of the more elaborate ones—and yet the prep time is only about 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 70 minutes
Chris Pavesic is a fantasy author who lives in the Midwestern United States and loves Kona coffee, steampunk, fairy tales, and all types of speculative fiction. Between writing projects, Chris can most often be found reading, gaming, gardening, working on an endless list of DIY household projects, or hanging out with friends.
Learn more about Chris on her website http://chrispavesic.com/ and blog.
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