•    What is Chutney   

    Chutney is a thick sauce of south Asian origin that contains fruits or vegetables, vinegar, sugar, and spices and is used as a condiment. Some chutney is sweet, some are hot, may be either wet or dry, and can have a coarse to a fine texture. The Indian word refers to fresh and pickled preparations preserves often sweetened.

    American and European-style chutney usually contains fruit, vinegar and sugar, cooked down to a reduction, with added flavorings and usually contain but not limited to spices such as garlic, cumin, fenugreek, and ginger.

    How do you use Chutney?

    Chutney is used a condiment which is added to foods to impart a particular flavor, enhance its flavor or complement the dish.

    Want a unique yummy snack or appetizer for your next gathering? Chutney and cream an cheese! Wow guests by creating a visually appealing treat by topping a block of cream cheese with our Cranberry Orange Chutney.  Serve with crackers and a small spreading knife. Or pulse the cream cheese and chutney together in a food processor or blender to make a delicious spread.

    Chutney can be used as a dip. Here are 9 different yummy dip ideas!
    Combine equal parts of our Eggplant, Mango, or Cranberry Orange Chutney with either Sweet & Spicy Salsa, Pineapple Chile Salsa, or Salsa Verde in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times. You don’t want it to be totally smooth, but rather to still have some texture.  Serve with tortilla or your favorite chips.

    Serve our Eggplant Chutney on top of crackers with a sharp cheddar or gouda cheese as a yummy hors d’oeuvres. It won’t last! You could make fancy little appetizers to serve hot from the oven. Make a delicious pastry with nothing more than goat cheese, puff pastry and Mango chutney.

    Make an open face sandwich by lightly toasting the bread first. Spread a layer of chutney on the toast and top with thin slices of a tangy cheese. Broil until the cheese melts and starts to bubble. Serve hot. Mix equal parts chutney and mayonnaise together and use as a sandwich spread on bread for smoked turkey, ham and with cheese. Or mix Eggplant Chutney with cooked rice for a great side dish or vegetarian meal!

    Chutney pairs beautifully with chicken as well as the rich flavors of venison, lamb, duck and other game meats. Just serve a little on the side of the roasted meat or poultry, or if you prefer, spread over the meat just before serving.

    Use as a glaze. Take our Mango chutney or Cranberry Orange Chutney and puree in a food processor. Dilute slightly with water and use to glaze meats and poultry for roasting, or serve a top fish.

     

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    So instead of grabbing that bottle of ketchup or mustard, next time go for the jar of chutney.

    Thanks for reading

    Frank

     

     

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