When I was pregnant with Annie, I went hog wild and pig crazy over apples. I ate them every day. Yes, plural. Sometimes three a day. I couldn’t get enough. Now, apples and applesauce are one of her favorite foods. With Andy, it was bananas. I would have attacked you over eating my banana – and he LOVES them now too. It’s a good thing I didn’t gorge myself on Skittles and Doritos.
I still love apple dishes. If I come across a recipe with “apple” in the title, I’m always gonna read it. As much as I love them, I don’t care for traditional apple chutney. It usually includes chopped onion and vinegar. I’m sorry, but I just cannot do that with my apples. It seems wrong to me – like I’m cheating on caramel or something.
So, I decided that I was going to make my own SWEET version of apple chutney – kicking out the onion and vinegar – I will save that for BBQ. Of course I had to make it in the crock pot…because if you haven’t caught on in about three years, I’m in love with my crocks.
I used Gala apples for this particular batch…because that’s what I had in the fridge. Just use whatever apples you have available…that’s about as spontaneous as I can get.
Also, most chutney calls for raisins. I used goji berries instead. You can use raisins if you prefer. But gojis are just so delicious – like eating a big ole Sour Patch Kid – but without the guilt.
This recipe is awesome because you just mix everything up in the crock. No extra dishes. That’s a happy thing for me – because even though I love to wash dishes, I don’t like to wash dishes for no reason…I have other things to do with my time.
This is one of the few recipes that I post that cooks on HIGH. I don’t usually care for cooking on high because it makes me nervous – I’m afraid I’ll burn the house down…kinda like when I try to make Candied Nuts in the oven.
When I was trying to make this batch, our power went out. That’s my biggest fear when I turn my crock on…that the power will go out. Or that I’ll burn the house down. Those two.
So, what do you do with chutney? Well, about a million things. You can serve it over yogurt. You can serve it over meat. You can eat it on bread. You can slather it on your pancakes. I even threw some into a smoothie and it was GOOD. Or you can stand at the kitchen counter and shovel it into your mouth with a spoon. I ain’t proud.
This would freeze very well – if it lasts that long.
Be careful cooking this. You still want to maintain the shape of your apple pieces. Too long and this becomes Sweet Apple Chutney Sauce. And that’s cool. Call it whatever…as long as you call me when it’s ready.
Crock Pot Sweet Apple Chutney
- 4-5 cups chopped, peeled apples
- 1/3 cup raisins or goji berries
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons water
- Stevia to sweeten, if needed (depends on type of apple used)
- Combine apples, raisins/goji berries, spices, and salt in crock. Toss to coat. (I use a 2 quart.)
- Add water.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
- Add stevia/sugar to taste, if needed. Will keep in fridge about 2 weeks.
Yield: about 2 ½ cups
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