Smoky Tomato Chutney

From Cook's Country | October/November 2012
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Why this recipe works:

Chutney is all about a spectrum of flavors—sweet, savory, spicy, and bitter. The only problem is that it usually involves at least an hour of simmering to develop that characteristic complexity. We sped up the process by turning to the microwave. By microwaving in stages, we got layers of… read more

Chutney is all about a spectrum of flavors—sweet, savory, spicy, and bitter. The only problem is that it usually involves at least an hour of simmering to develop that characteristic complexity. We sped up the process by turning to the microwave. By microwaving in stages, we got layers of flavor—first the aromatics and spices and then the fruit and juice. Vinegar and sugar finished off our chutney, rounding out the flavors and providing balance.

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Makes about 2 cups

Don’t worry if the mixture seems loose after cooking. It will thicken as it cools.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. 1. Combine oil, shallot, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper flakes in medium bowl. Microwave, uncovered, until shallot has softened, about 1 minute.

    2. Stir tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar into shallot mixture. Microwave until liquid is thick and syrupy, about 8 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until chilled. Stir in parsley and serve.

Make it in the Microwave

Chutney can take up to 40 minutes on the stovetop, so we employed the microwave. We zapped the aromatics first, so they’d mellow and infuse the oil with flavor. We added the fruit, sugar, and vinegar and continued to microwave to finish cooking. From start to finish, our chutney took under 10 minutes.

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