Monday, April 30, 2012

November Party Part 3: Curried apricot chutney (p. 950) and Chutney cheese spread (p. 76)

Make sure to read the first two posts on the November party!  Sadly, I think I have about four more posts to go on this party--I REALLY cooked a lot of food.

It's possible some of you might find this post cheating but that's fine with me--the good thing about writing a blog is that you make your own rules.  I made Curried apricot chutney (p. 950) but since I wanted to use it immediately I made a few changes and didn't bother with the canning aspect.  

I simmered water, dried apricots, onion, and sugar for a half hour:


In another pan I cooked cider vinegar, ginger, curry powder (I used up all of my homemade curry powder--I need to make more), and a cinnamon stick.  I didn't bother with the canning salts because I wasn't going to can the chutney--I just added some actual salt:


I removed the cinnamon stick and added the vinegar mixture to the apricot mixture, stirring in golden raisins: 


It was delicious!  And easy.  It didn't have the 5000 ingredients of the tropical chutney.  I wish I had more exciting stuff to say about this dish but I my brain isn't totally powered on.  I would make it again, which I can't say about all recipes.

Chutney cheese spread (p. 76) sounded good.  Instead of mango chutney (which I would be severely allergic to) I used the apricot chutney I had just made.  I mixed chutney with cream cheese:


I sprinkled walnuts on the top and called it a day.  It was delicious.  I love cream cheese spreads and the chutney had a nice sweetness to it.  I really like chutney but I think it's under-appreciated by Americans.  Tell me, do you eat chutney?  Can I work chutney into this paragraph a few more times?  

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3 comments:

  1. This sounds so good! I'm sorry it has been so long since my last visit but I'm so glad to see that you are still blogging and mixing up great dishes. I won't stay away so long next time.

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  2. My friend makes a curry dip which I imagine is quite similar to the Chutney Cheese spread. It's delicious!

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  3. I've never tried these kind of chutneys (as K dislikes anything sweet) and the real chutneys from the Indian store are scald your tongue off spicy! Must go in search of mango chutney though- I love mango above all other fruit! Didn't know you were allergic to that too though. :(

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