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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Apple Chutney: Apple Sauce for Adults... and Precocious Children

Apple Chutney 
"Apple Sauce for Adults... and Precocious Children"

For those following the development of the "Angry Goat", you may be wondering what to make of my plans to add apple chutney to the dish.

Stick with me on this one...

Last week, I tried my hand at homemade chutney for the first time - a rhubarb variety for a pork dish. I came away from the experience with two major take-aways.  

Chutney: so awesome, so easy...

Talk about flavor slapping you across the face. The reduction of the tart rhubarb and spicy fresh ginger in honey pulled no punches.

And the recipe? 

1. Put ingredients in pot
2. Boil
3. Simmer until reduced
4. Eat

It's only moderately more difficult than "Shake" and "Bake".

A Bit of This, a Dash of That

This is a gross-over-simplification, but Chutney is a South Asian condiment, similar to a relish. The flavor profile is frequently both sweet and savory (and spicy), given the composition of fruit, acid and a variety of herbs spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, cumin, mustard seed... they're all fair game). 

There are many traditional varieties of chutney, some which are actually dry preparations. But it's easy to take the general concept in a wide variety of directions. 

Last week was rhubarb... so why not try apple? Given the sweet/savory nature of chutney, this seemed like an effective way to tie the apple, dark chocolate and goat cheese flavors into something cohesive.

Apple Chutney ingredients

What's fun about chutney is that it's choose-your-own-adventure in a pot. 

For the "Angry Goat" version, I started with the Gold Rush Apples and added cider vinegar, minced fresh ginger, garlic, orange zest and fresh squeezed juice, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom.  

Sounds like a lot for a single pot? I won't deny it... 

How does it taste? Pretty damn awesome...

Pot of apple chutney

All that in a Single Bite?

So how are all these flavors going to end up in a single bite?  

Well, there's always the easy way...

"Angry Goat" components ingredients

 This Friday - prepare yourself for the big (literally) reveal!

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