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Apple Tamarillo Chutney (Part 2)

Some of you may ask, “What do I do with this chutney?” A lot! It’s only 11:39 am and I’ve already tried two dishes using my apple tamarillo chutney. Why can’t I be one of those cooks who doesn’t eat what they cook?

pork and chutney are a good combination

pork and chutney are a good combination

Whenever I eat porkchops, I always have to have something sweet to go along with it. Sometimes, UFC Banana Ketchup will suffice but when my tastebuds are feeling more sophicticated, I look for chutney. I had this for brunch and was utterly pleased with the combination of savory and sweet flavors that were swirling in my mouth. Pork and chutney make for a wonderful marriage and truly deserve a happily ever after.

grilled cheese with apple tamrillo chutney

grilled cheese with apple tamrillo chutney

This second dish is truly a great find and should be a staple in people’s list of comfort food – grilled cheese sandwich with apple tamarillo chutney. Again, the combination of the salty cheese,  sweetness of the chutney and the crunchiness of the toasted bread is juts to die for. I know chutney in a sandwich sounds a bit strange but this is one of those ‘don’t-knock-it-until-you’ve-tried-it’ moments. They say that a good dish needs to have 3 T’s – Taste, Texture and Temperature. This sandwich has got them all. Insanely delicious and dangerously addicting.

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Apple Tamarillo Chutney

Apple Tamarillo Chutney

Apple Tamarillo Chutney

The great thing about a fruit is that if you don’t feel like eating it as it is, you can always turn it into something else – juice, jam, or in this case chutney. Inasmuch as I did enjoy our new fruit find, the tamarillo, I couldn’t quite eat all of it. So not wanting them to go to waste, I turned them into chutney.

There weren’t enough tamarillos so I combined them with Fuji apples, which are always a good fruit to turn into chutney. Most chutneys contain vinegar, a certain fruit and onions, then simmered slowly until it reaches a thick and almost jam-like consistency.

Chutney has become quite popular as the perfect condiment to go along with pork dishes, specifically pork chops. I think they go fairly well with fried or grilled chicken and curry dishes, of course. Some people enjoy certain chutneys with crackers or pita bread.

I can’t wait for tomorrow because I’ll be making breaded porkchops to go with my apple tamarillo chutney…

Apple Tamarillo Chutney

  • 7 tamrillo, meat removed from skin
  • 2 Fuji apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. all spice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • salt and pepper

In a medium saucepan, saute onions in butter until soft. Add apples and water and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about an hour or until it has a jam like consistency.  Transfer and cool in a jar.

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