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Grilled Cheese with Tomato Chutney

By Kerry Hart January 22, 2017 0 comments

Tomato chutney is at once rich, sweet, and tart. This recipe by Emily Han calls for simmering tomatoes, shallots, and golden raisins with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and aromatic spices like mustard seeds, coriander, and cloves. The resulting relish is the perfect complement to sharp cheeses like Cheddar or Cotswold (a Double Gloucester cheese with chives). To make a hearty sandwich, butter up some whole grain bread, add slices of cheese and as much chutney as you like (spread the chutney between layers of cheese so the cheese melts evenly across the bread), and grill in a hot pan. So simple yet satisfying!

Here's Emily's chutney recipe. It's fairly basic and there's room to adjust the seasonings depending on personal taste and how sweet or acidic your tomatoes are. She used a green heirloom variety for the chutney in this photo, but any ripe yet firm tomatoes work well.

Tomato Chutney
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 tablespoon pickling spices*
1 tablespoon Azzuro Blend extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped
1/2 cup Due Vittorie Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 pounds tomatoes, chopped (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup golden raisins

Tie the pickling spices in a piece of cheesecloth; set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a deep, non-reactive (stainless steel or enamel) saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent.

Add all other ingredients to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust by adding more sugar, salt, or vinegar as desired. Simmer, stirring frequently, for another 30 minutes or until thickened.

Remove from heat, cool completely, and discard the pickling spices. (If, like us, you're extra fond of mustard seeds, you can pick them out of the cheesecloth packet and stir them into the chutney.) Transfer chutney to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a month. Chutney can also be frozen.

*Use any pickling spice mixture you like. Ours is a combination of mustard seeds, dill seeds, bay leaves, black pepper, coriander, chilli, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

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