Chutney is a lovely, sweet, spicy jam; it bridges the gap between the sweet and the savory. The chutney is a wonderful addition to Christmas appetizers; speed a bit of it on a cracker with meat and cheese and melt into the holidays. Or, spread it thickly on a sandwich with your Christmas leftovers.
This chutney is full of holiday flavors: apple, cranberries, clementines and dates and spiced with cloves, cinnamon and ginger. It had a mild punch of spice and the onion and vinegar balance the red Christmas spread out perfectly.
I like to give this away as an unexpected and unique gift to my friends and family. By now, however, my parents have come to expect it in their Christmas basket so I am sure to make them a double batch every year.
5 cups of chopped apples (granny smith and golden delicious)
2 medium sweet onions, chopped
4 1/2 cups cranberries
2 cups medjool dates, chopped
Juice and zest of 2 clementines
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoons salt
Sterilize 9 1 cup mason jars and lids. Set aside.
Put all ingredients into a large pot and stir well. Turn on the heat to medium high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then allow it to simmer uncovered for an hour until the mixture is thickened.
Use a funnel to spoon equal amounts into each jar. Screw on the lids and store in the fridge, or process in boiling water for 10 minutes to store in the pantry. Enjoy with crackers and cheese!