Apple Chutney

Apple chutney

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 Cups (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
155 Calories
8g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 Cups (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

We all know pork chops pair nicely with applesauce, but they are even better with an apple chutney—especially when it is studded with golden raisins, dried cranberries, and pieces of pecan. The cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and apple cider bring both sweet and tang to the dish. Serve this tasty apple chutney alongside pork chops or baked ham.

Chutney has its origins in Indian cuisine but has expanded from a spicy condiment to a sort of salsa or relish that can include vegetables, fruit, nuts, spices, and sweeteners. In addition to a topping for grilled and roasted meats, chutney can be used in many other ways. Replace the mayo (or mix in a little) and spread on a sandwich, spoon over goat cheese or mix with some cream cheese for a tasty hors-d'oeuvre, serve as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers, or layer in a toasted grilled cheese for a delicious surprise. Chutney is also a healthy flavor booster for white and sweet potatoes and squash, and once pureed can be used as a glaze for meat or poultry roasts.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chopped tart apple
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for apple chutney
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  2. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan.

    Heat butter
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  3. Add the chopped apple, brown sugar, raisins, cranberries, pecans, spices, lemon juice, and apple cider.

    Add apple and nuts
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  4. Cook over medium heat until the apple is tender, dried fruits are softened, and cider has boiled away.

    Cook over medium heat
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  5. If the chutney looks dry, add a little more apple cider to keep the mixture from burning.

    Serve chutney
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  6. Serve warm or chilled with ham or pork.


  • When looking for a tart apple, granny smith is always a safe bet, but there are several other varieties to choose from. McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Jonathan, Braeburn, and Pink Lady are all tart apples that would be delicious in this chutney. The golden raisins add a nice contrast of color, but of course, you can use purple raisins as well, and toasting the pecans before adding to the mixture will bring another level of flavor to the recipe.
  • Considering there are chutney recipes from all over the world, there are many, many variations. For a similar recipe with a little spice, try a pear chutney with ginger, garlic, and hot chile pepper. Rhubarb chutney includes red onion and dried cherries and balances the sweet with a bit of chili powder and red pepper flakes. South Africa is a home for chutney as well, and a recipe combining peaches, dried apricots, and raisins will turn any simple dish into something special. Chutneys can be a mixture of spiced papaya and raisins, pineapple and curry powder, and even roasted pumpkin. A cranberry chutney is a nice change from traditional cranberry sauce, and tomato chutney is a great alternative to ketchup.

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