Inundated with green tomatoes? No worries. This green tomato and apple chutney recipe is the perfect way to use up an abundance of green tomatoes before the frost sets in. The tart flavor of green tomatoes mixes with apples and spices to make an intriguing chutney.
Chutney is from the East Indian word chatni, which is a spicy condiment containing fruit, vinegar, sugar, and spices. It can be chunky or smooth and mild or hot. It is used as an accompaniment to curries and other dishes. The sweeter chutneys, as this one is, is great on bread as a spread or with cheese.
- 2 pounds/1 kilograms green tomatoes, washed and chopped
- 2 pounds/1 kilograms tart apples, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 pound/250 grams onions, chopped
- 1 pound/500 grams raisins
- 3 3/4 cups/750 grams light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, crushed
- 2 teaspoons quatre-épices (four spices)
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 cups/700 milliliters wine vinegar
Gather the ingredients.
In a large stainless-steel saucepan, combine chopped green tomatoes, peeled and chopped tart apples, chopped onions, raisins, light-brown sugar, ginger, crushed black peppercorns, quatre-épices, coarse salt, and garlic.
Add 6 tablespoons of the vinegar and cook over low heat, adding the remaining vinegar gradually as the mixture boils.
Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally as the mixture thickens and cooks for about 45 minutes.
When thick, transfer chutney to sterilized jars.
Process in a water bath. Store in a cool, dark place.
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices & Flavorings by Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz (DK ADULT).