I recently returned from a trip to the Blissdom conference in Dallas, Texas that turned into a much needed mini family vacation. On our way home from LAX, we had to stop and get work supplies… er… I mean groceries. I had no time to waste because I had these little chutney bites in my brain.
During the three-hour flight from Dallas to LA, I had the perfect time to recipe brainstorm. Right in between “ma’am, please power off your device, we’re about to take off” and beverage service, these little chutney bites came to mind to serve as an appetizer on Easter sunday.
When I recipe brainstorm, I like to set a criteria. This time, the recipe criteria included 1) quick and easy appetizer, 2) few ingredients that included cheese and raisins 3) A splash of rice vinegar for unexpected flavor and 4) bread, must include bread.
I like my chutney with the pieces of fruit still intact, but if you like it a bit sweeter and more of a chunky preserve consistency, let it simmer a bit longer on low heat, stir consistently and be careful not to burn the fruit. If you have chutney left over, store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. The flavors will intensify the next day and you can enjoy it right out of the container, just like how I am eating it as I type this… without a shame in the world.
- 1 Bartlett pears, finely diced
- 1 Granny Smith apples, finely diced
- 1/2 cup golden California Raisins
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Nakano Brown rice vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 8 toasted crostini slices
- 1/3 cup bleu cheese crumbles
- 1 sprig rosemary, chopped
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat apples, pears, raisins, vinegar, sugar, mustard powder and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer. Stir, cover and bring to a simmer once again until fruit is tender. Approximately 15 minutes. Let cool.
- To serve, spoon on crostini slices, top with bleu cheese crumbles and a sprinkle of rosemary.
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This is a sponsored post as part of the Mizkan Advocate program. Recipe and Opinions are my own.