Spicy Apple Chutney
This is a delicious spicy apple chutney that I created upon my return from the United Kingdom when I discovered that chutney is not easy to find in the Midwest. I soon realized that if I wanted a ploughman’s platter or sandwich which I had come to love so much I would have to make the chutney myself. For this chutney, I have included some Indian flavors that the British are so found of and which I adore.
Spicy Apple Chutney
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup yellow onion, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (quality is important here), plus 3 tablespoons to be added at the end
1/3 cup cranberries or raisins
1. Toss the apples with the lemon juice to add extra tartness and keep the apples from turning brown.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, warm the 2 teaspoons of oil then add the onion, cumin, salt, mustard seed, turmeric, ginger, red chile flakes, and cinnamon. Sauté until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes.
3. Stir in the apples, brown sugar, and vinegar, raise the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 30 minutes.
4. Add the cranberries or raisins and 2-3 extra tablespoons of apple cider vinegar: simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick, this will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Spoon into a glass jar or other storage container and allow to cool until no longer steaming. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Yield: 2 cups
This Spicy Apple Chutney is great on a ploughman’s sandwich which is made with a hearty bread (we like oatmeal bread), an aged cheese, butter, lettuce, and a tangy chutney.
We hope that you enjoy our take on a spicy and tangy chutney and that it makes your ploughman’s sandwich remind you of your journeys in the United Kingdom.