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  • Cherry and Pomegranate Chutney

    Monday, December 27, 2010

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    Preparing Christmas Eve dinner with my friend Kelly has been one of the highlights of the season for me.  Kelly loves food as much as I do and provided an awesome taste tester for me as I created recipes for our meal.  This chutney was a collaboration between us.  We tasted as we went along.  Too tart?  Too sweet?  ohhh…might be delicious with cheese and bread (Kelly tested this theory the next day and confirmed….it is)!

    The cherries and brown sugar add the sweet while the pomegranate ingredients add the tart.  The garlic, onion and ginger add the savory the orange zest just a touch of brightness. 

    Since this was the first time I attempted to make an original chutney recipe, I was relieved that is was not only edible, but really yummy!  Everyone around the table agreed that I should immediately start selling jars of this stuff instead of posting the recipe.  I decided it was better to share it.  I hope you enjoy…. 

    2 TBSP olive oil
    1 Cup diced onion
    1 TBSP chopped garlic
    2 TBSP chopped fresh ginger
    2 cups dried cherries
    Seeds of 1 pomegranate

    2/3 Cup chopped chestnuts
    1 TBSP fresh orange zest
    3 TBSP brown sugar
    ¼ – ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

    ¼ Tsp ground clove
    1 Cup pomegranate juice
    1.5 TBSP red wine vinegar

    Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic and ginger.  Cook for 10 minutes or until onions soften.  Add the dried cherries and pomegranate seeds.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add the chestnuts, orange zest, brown sugar, red pepper, and clove.  Cook for 3 minutes.  Add pomegranate juice.  Cook (uncovered) over medium heat for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat, add red wine vinegar and transfer to a bowl.  Allow to cool to room temperature and serve as an accompaniment to poultry, pork or cheese. 

    © 2010 Nancy Granada Kindred Kitchen

    Cherry and Pomegranate Chutney

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    One response to “Cherry and Pomegranate Chutney”

    1. Kelly says:

      This chutney is AMAZING!! So good with cheese! Delicious! I can’t wait to make it again 🙂

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