Sunday, 6 June 2010

Gooseberry & green peppercorn chutney

From last year's harvest, my freezer still contains lots of fruit that needs using. Amongst the goodies were lots of gooseberries. Stewed fruit is NOT my cup of tea, so I needed to make something with them that I would eat. I spotted this recipe for gooseberry & green peppercorn chutney a while back - it has been on my recipe list (see the side bar) since last year! Anyway, this morning I cooked up a batch...
  • 600g green or red gooseberries
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 300ml cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp green peppercorns
  • 175g raisins
  • 175g brown sugar
1. To make the chutney: put the gooseberries, onions, garlic, mustard and lemon juice in a preserving pan and pour over two-thirds of the vinegar. Add the peppercorns and bring to the boil.

2. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick.

3. Add the raisins, sugar, the remaining vinegar and a pinch of salt. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for up to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick and syrupy. Remove from the heat, leave to cool, then store in the fridge for up to a month. Alternatively, pour the hot mixture into hot sterilised jars, seal and store in a cool, dark place.

I am storing two jars as a preserved chutney which should be ready in a few months - they may even make good Xmas presents. I kept one jar to go in the fridge to use straight away. I think it will probably have a bit of a kick to it.

3 comments:

Jo said...

A great way to use up last years fruit. The freezer will be needed again soon for this years harvest.

Steph said...

Too right Jo! Yes, I wish I had a bigger freezer. I have a friend with a spare fridge/freezer in her garage. I told her to keep it should I need extra storage space!

By the way, I had the chutney last night with some moroccan lamb burgers, blue cheese & salad. It was delicious :)

Stevie from GardenTherapy.ca said...

I've been making compote with my freezer leftovers. That chutney looks delish!