10 Minute Chutney

This is one of the most versatile condiments ever!  Use it to accompany fish or meat, on top of lentils, next to a side of greens….There is zero sugar added, the fruit does all the work there.

Apple and Pear Chutney

1 small apple (No need to peel the fruit!)
1 medium pear (I used Bosc but any will do)
1/2 medium onion

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (Could also use rice vinegar or your basic garden variety vinegar. Balsamic will impart quite a distinct flavor which you may not want.)
1 tbsp black sesame seeds (You could use white ones or omit them entirely)
salt and pepper

Chop the apple, pear and onion into small pieces. Pour the vinegar and water into a small pot and start to heat. Add the apple, pear, onion, sesame seeds and s&p.  Let it simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Take a fork and while still in the pot, mush it up.  If it’s not quite mushy enough let it cook a few more minutes.  If there’s too much liquid, let it cook a little longer to allow it to evaporate. Taste it, add more vinegar if too sweet and/or s&p if you wish. (Rather than the fork method, feel free to toss it into a blender but don’t over blend!) Makes about a cup. Store it in a jar in the fridge.  Should last a while. (I’ll report back with a more specific “eat-by” date, once mine goes bad.) Best eaten room temperature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alettaka Aletta Karsies van Eeden

    Great, I will try that this year, I have been making chutney, but always with some sugar in it!

    • http://www.thesweetbeet.com Michelle Madden

      I think if you’re using fruit in the chutney, that will provide more than enough sugar. If no fruit, then a pinch would be helpful (though if you’re adding onions they will bring some of their own sweetness to the party.)

  • KierraHenderson

    I saw a guy on a cooking channel last night make something like this. I don’t know the exact recipe but he used fresh black berries, honey, raw sugar (but probably not necessary)  lemon zest, lemon juice, jalapenos,and red onion. Then he put it on top of lamb chops, with some cheese and fresh savory herbs. It looks so delicious!

    • http://www.thesweetbeet.com Michelle Madden

      Yum! Love the jalapenos idea … may have to add those to the next batch …

  • http://www.no-sugar-recipes.com Trishdsugrfree

    Thanks for this no-added-sugar recipe. Can’t wait to try it!