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Savor the flavors of autumn by making this Scrumptious Apple and Pear Chutney. This delectable chutney is flavorful enough to eat on its own, or it can be used as an accompaniment to rich dishes. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
This Pear-Apple Chutney is easy to make and a great addition to your meals and appetizers. Juicy pears and apples combined with sugar, vinegar, ginger and spices give this chutney a complex sweet, tart, and sour flavor with a hint of spice. Simmer this chutney until it has a thick and smooth consistency, give it some time to mature (if you can wait!), and enjoy its delicious flavor for months!
Why This Recipe Works
Chutneys are a great way to use fruits in abundance such as apples and pears because you can preserve them for months. Although this recipe requires many ingredients, they are wholesome and nutritious ingredients that are super easy to work with. It's really a "dump and cook" kind of recipe! This Apple and Pear Chutney goes well with creamy curries as well as cheese and crackers (and much, much more!). Due to its acidic nature, homemade chutney can last a long time with proper storage. Healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and great for the whole family, too!
Ingredient Notes for Apple and Pear Chutney
Pears - Pears add a tangy, sweet, and zesty flavor to this chutney, and a soft and tender texture when cooked, in addition to added chunkiness!
Green apples - Green apple is a sweet, sour, and refreshing ingredient. They also add a chunky texture to chutneys.
Onion - Onions add a mildly pungent, sweet, and distinct flavor to chutneys.
Bell pepper - Bell peppers add a juicy sweet and mild flavor and make the recipe more nutritious.
Raisins - Raisins add a sweet taste to chutneys and have a fleshy and tender texture that blends well with the other ingredients.
Apple cider vinegar - This ingredient boosts the flavor and color of chutney and is important in the preservation of the chutney.
Sugar - One of the most essential ingredients for a good chutney. Sugar adds flavor, depth, and texture to chutneys. I use coconut sugar but any granulated sugar of choice can be used.
Mustard seeds - Mustard seeds add a deliciously mild aromatic nutty taste to help balance the flavor.
Nutmeg - Adds a nutty and earthy flavor to chutney.
Cloves - Cloves are spices that have a powerful aroma and add a sweet, spicy, and peppery taste.
Lemon juice - Lemon juice has a zesty, sour, and citrusy flavor that gives the chutney a more tangy flavor.
Grated fresh ginger root - Ginger root has a peppery, spicy, and sharp flavor that’s perfect to blend with other chutney ingredients for a delicious savory taste.
How To Make Apple Pear Chutney
Chutney goes well with both main dishes and appetizers. Traditional chutneys pair deliciously with hot and creamy curries and rice. Chutneys go well with roasted vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, and more! Serve the chutney as a dip or spread it on vegetables before you grill them.
This Apple and Pear Chutney makes for a great picnic lunch and goes well with goat cheese, crackers, and can also be eaten in a sandwich. My favorite option for sandwich and chutney combinations is grilled cheese sandwiches. You can even add this Apple and Pear Chutney to your yogurt, bread or toast, and other savory or sweet dishes.
Relish and chutney might confuse some people because of their similarities, but they differ in cooking time, consistency, ingredients, and origin. Chutney is often slow-cooked and has a thicker, more jam-like consistency than relish. Chutney also results in a softer texture, while relish often contains firmer vegetables. The taste is often similar as well because they both contain vinegar and spices. However, chutneys are often sweeter while relishes often have a more tangy and pickled flavor.
While both are used as sides to enhance the flavor of the main dish, these two condiments are definitely different and the terms should not be used interchangeably.
Homemade chutney can last 2-3 months if stored in the refrigerator.
You can also freeze chutney for up to 12 months.
Much like a good curry, chutney will only continue to develop more complex flavors in time. For peak flavor, store the freshly made and cooled chutney in the refrigerator for one week before enjoying the first bite!
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Apple and Pear Chutney Recipe
- 5 fresh pears finely chopped, bartlett or bosc works well
- 2 green apples finely chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup raisins thompson or golden
- 1 ¼ cup coconut sugar or any granulated sugar of choice
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root grated or minced
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- In a large pot over medium heat, add all of the above ingredients. Mix well.
- Once the mixture comes to simmer, cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Let the chutney simmer for 1 hour, or until the ingredients have softened, reduced considerably and there is thick, smooth, gel-like consistency to the chutney overall.