Friday, January 20, 2012

#1 Raisin-Haters Apple Chutney

Whew, kicking off the year with a spicy and sweet Chutney.  I got this recipe from Tart and Sweet and at first glance I thought "onions...in a jam?" but here's the thing a Chutney is entirely different from jam.  It's hearty, it's savory, it's spicy, it's.....delicious.

This is a great beginner chutney too because it's main base is apples.  Apples are safe, it's hard to screw up apples AND if you do you don't feel bad cause they are so gosh darn cheap.

 Ingredients:

1 pound (about 2 large) apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ghee, clarified butter or canola oil
1/4 cup minced white onion
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
1 teaspoon chile flakes
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup Red Flame or other raisin

Mix apples and lemon juice to prevent browning.  In a medium saucepan heat the ghee/canola oil, onion, cumin, salt, mustard seed, chile flakes and ginger.  Cook until onions are translucent while stirring occasionally. Raise heat to medium and stir in brown sugar.  Let simmer and reduce for about 30 minutes. Stir in raisins.  Ladle into hot jars and process according to elevation.