Here’s a fun fact for you- six out of every 10 apples consumed in the United States come from Washington state orchards. That’s a pretty high percentage! Apples are probably my favorite Washington grown agricultural product (right after cherries and wine, of course.) I love love love getting my hands on fresh apples, especially when they come straight from the orchard. Luckily, I live in the Columbia Basin and apples are everywhere! I normally just eat them by themselves- although sometimes I’ll get fancy and dip them in peanut butter or honey. It’s seriously the best treat..
And when I want to get really, really fancy, I’ll find fun ways to use apples in the kitchen. This apple chutney recipe is one of my go to’s because not only is it surprisingly easy to make, but it’s super versatile as well. We like to throw some on pork chops but you can also use this chutney as a sandwich spread (think ham or chicken) or as a nice addition to a meat, cheese and cracker tray. I love topping a warm brie wheel with some chutney as well.. I mean, yum! The possibilities are pretty much endless with this chutney. This recipe is definitely one to keep in your repertoire.
1 and a half apple (use your favorite variety..I personally love Galas!)
Half red onion, diced
1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
2-3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper to taste
We’re going to start by dicing the bacon strips. Throw the bacon in a small pan and cook on medium high heat until browned. This is seriously my favorite part of the whole process- I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of sizzling bacon?
Now you’ll want to add the apples, red onion, garlic and bell pepper to the pan. Mix thoroughly.
Add white wine, apple juice and apple cider vinegar to the mix.
For some sweetness, stir in honey. For this recipe we used this amazing raspberry infused honey we bought from a local farm. I could seriously eat the stuff by the spoonful it’s that delicious. But don’t follow my lead on that one..
Anyway, the hard part is over! I know, none of that was hard. I would never do that to you! Now all you have left to do is turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minute to let the chutney thicken. It’ll look like this when it’s ready…
Ok, now go make some chutney. And don’t forget to share how you serve yours!