Thursday, April 25, 2013

{Recipe} Red Onion Chutney

I made this yummy red onion chutney for a personal shower that I hosted last month and made it again this past weekend for my family to try.  While cooking, it dawned on me that since I was making it again I might as well share it! I made it and served it a little different this time so some of the seasonings and how to serve are up to the cook!
I used 2 different recipes as my guide...Kitchen Geekery's version and My Baking Addiction's version.  This is one of those recipes that has to simmer a while so expect to be the kitchen for half the day!

Red Onion Chutney
1 large red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 yellow onion (leftover and needed to be used so this is optional)
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 bay leaves
Optional: crushed red pepper flakes

Make it:
In a large pan heat oil. Slice onions and add to pan. Add the bay leaf.  Cover with lid and cook over medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring periodically. Next add vinegars, brown sugar, cinnamon and red pepper flakes.  Stir everything together and simmer for 30 minutes until chutney is thick.  Remove the bay leaves and serve. Store in jars or airtight containers.

A few notes:
I didn't measure my red pepper...looked around a teaspoon probably a little more because it was spicy! You can use a de-seeded, finely sliced red chili or jalapeno or none at all.  The first time I made it I didn't add any heat nor did I use bay leaf because I thought I didn't have was still good! And you can use salt and pepper to taste as well.
It is common to serve this with goat cheese on crostini.  Goat cheese is very tangy so if you're not sure your guests will like it you can mix it with 1/2 a block of cream cheese or just use cream cheese. I've done both now! I also tried out a new seasoning I picked up at Williams Sonoma...

....I mixed 1 tablespoon in to 1/2 block of cream cheese and mmmm so good! It is a lot of flavor going on but I liked it!

I had my family try the chutney with plain cream cheese.  They didn't really like it! Ha! I think it was the fact that it was onions and sugar so I might try and lessen the sugar a bit to see what kind a difference it makes. 
Oh well....I could eat boats loads of it! Well maybe not boats loads.... ☺

Anyone else like it as much as I do?

Happy Thursday!!

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angela hodges abode said...

This sounds delish! I will be trying this one :) ~Angela

Jennifer said...

Thanks Angela!!