At the grocery store last Saturday, my son Anthony spotted 3 pound bags of USDA organic apples selling 2 bagsÂ for $5, which was a great price....he got 2.Â I took one whole bag and made it into apple chutney in my crock-pot.....Easy Peacy! Â
Great over anything but excellent with chicken, hamÂ or a pork roast.Â It would be ideal with an Easter ham!
Check my notes below before starting (*)
Apple Chutney Â
1 3 pound bagÂ apples, peeled (*)Â cored, and chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup apple cider wine (*)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
2Â Tablespoon grated orange peel (*)
2Â Tablespoons grated fresh ginger (*)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small SS fine mesh tea ball add:
6 whole cloves
4 crushedÂ allspice leaves (*)
Combine all ingredients in aÂ crock-pot and stir well.Â Insert the tea ball with cloves and allspice.Â Cover. Turn on High and let it come to aÂ boil; reduce heat to low and continue cooking, covered, for at least an hour. Uncover and simmer over low heat for a half hour more or as needed to cook off excess liquid; let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.Â
YIELD:Â AboutÂ 4 cups.
(*) I did not peel the apples!
(*) I used fresh grated orange peel, fresh graded ginger, because we always have fresh on hand.Â I also used fresh crushedÂ allspice leaves from a tree in my yard - if you have no sources for fresh, you can use bottled spices.
(*) The apple cider wine was homemade and a gift from friends who made it.Â You can use any apple wine or hard cider orÂ Calvados, but be sure to taste before you add the full amount of Calvados as it is a brandy and much stronger than the wine or cider.
SOURCE: original recipe from Simply Recipes - http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/apple_chutney/Â with my own twists