A confession: this very spicy chunky apple chutney is so yummy, I found it difficult to stop tasting it before I could pour it into the glass storage container. This apple chutney was created to serve with pork, such as a pork loin roast and pork chops. Flavors include a wonderful mix of spices typically included in an apple spice, fresh Gala apples, dried raisins, and ginger. The spicy heat comes from a red hot chili pepper.
Preparation does take a little time but it’s worth the effort. I like to assemble all ingredients right up front, such as shown here: lemon juice with lemon zest; red pepper, spices, ginger, garlic, and raisins.
The three stages for preparing the Gala apples: wash, peal, decore and chop:
Recipe for Spicy Chunky Apple Chutney
Yields 3 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
Tools: Use a heavy bottom preserving pan, a stainless steel or enamel lined pan and a pan cover. Copper, aluminum or a cast iron pan can react to the acidic vinegar and produce a metallic taste.
3 Tablespoon butter
3 large Gala apples, washed, peeled, decored and chopped
1/2 cup white wine vinegar, 5% acidity
1/3 cup sweet white wine
3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon)
Lemon zest (Use the zest from the lemon used to extract the juice)
One half of a red chili pepper about 3” long, minced (Use less if you want less heat.)
2/3 cup yellow onion, minced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
Over medium high heat, melt butter in the pan.
Stir in apples and cover. Saute apples for about 10 minutes until apples are slightly soft. Stir occasionally. Remove apples from the pan and set aside.
Using this same pan, stir in the liquids (vinegar, wine and lemon juice and zest). Add remaining ingredients (red chili pepper, onions and ground spices). Bring to a boil, then lower temperature to a simmer and cover. Stir occasionally and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.
Stir in sugar and recover. Continue to simmer and stir occasionally until the liquid reaches your desired syrup consistency of thin or thick. (approximately 5-10 minutes)
Add raisins and return apples to the chutney mix. Continue to simmer and stir for about 5-10 minutes.