I’m a big fan of bringing something homemade to a dinner party. So when my pal, Becky, phoned me up and invited us over for her Moroccan menu feast, I had to think of the perfect “pearing”! Ok, ok, I’m so cheesy. Trust me that won’t be the end of it. And cheese was EXACTLY what I had on the brain to bring. Although in all fairness, cheese is probably on my mind about 70% of the time!
Lately, and for no apparent reason, I have had a thing for smoked cheeses. Moroccan food already has so much spice, so the mozzarella was a light option with a smokiness that gives it just the yummiest hint of flavor.
So let’s get to the point! Besides the beautiful fresh baguette that I picked up from the Beacon Pantry (always shop local!), what could I add to my offerings that would make this the perfect addition to a thoughtful dinner party invitation? So it was created.. A homemade, small batch Apple-Pear Chutney!
This recipe is the perfect amount to fill a 16 oz size mason jar. Therefore it was not only a spicy & delicious coupling to the smokey mozzarella appetizer, but there was also plenty to leave my host as a thank you to spread on her morning toast for days to come!
2 Apples, peeled & cored
2 Pears, peeled & cored
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Local Sourced Honey
1 1/2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Ground Clove
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
Begin by chopping the apples & pears into dime size chunks. Mix all ingredients in medium covered pot and place on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and remove lid. Continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, so not to burn. On our stove this cooking process takes about 35 minutes. But since no stove is alike, I recommend repetitive stirring and spoon checking the consistency.
The chutney will start to turn a golden brown. When it is ready you should be able to pick up a spoonful and see that fruit is starting to clump and stick. There will also little to no run off from the spoon. Once you see the signs…
Ding! Time is up. Pour contents into your mason jar, close lid and allow to sit. It will continue to set as it cools. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving or refrigerate until serving.