Chutney Cream Cheese with Gingersnaps

I have not seen a recipe like this in donkeys’ years. It’s super simple, but has a lot of flavor, if, and that’s a big if, you like these kinds of flavors. To me these are great, and underused, flavors and while the MotH and the Boy both tried this, it was largely left to me to finish. Gee, rough job. I will go out on a limb and say this is not breakfast food though. Afternoon snack, especially with some hot tea, was just lovely.

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16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1⁄2 cup chopped chutney
2 Tbs sultanas (the pretty raisins)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard

Mix softened cream cheese with curry powder and mustard. add the chutney and mix together well. Place in fridge at least 3 hours or overnight.

Serve with gingersnaps.

Source: Genius Kitchen

Andouille in a Blanket … w/ mustard chutney

I just had to make this because I and the MotH love andouille. I mean, honestly, who does not love it? I guess, well, no one. Andouille, originally a French sausage, is best know in the US as its Louisiana cousin. The best andouille, in my opinion, is from the area in and around Lafayette Louisiana. That is also where the best boudin comes from, but that is a whole other post.

This is like the grown up version of pigs in a blanket. And can we just gild the lily with a chutney mustard sauce. So … I shall say it again … stupidly good. This made a great dinner for us one Saturday night as we had had a late lunch and only needed a little snack, but it was a damn tasty snack. D&D_1979

7 ounces all-butter puff pastry, thawed and cut into four 5-inch squares
1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
4 andouille sausages (3 ounces each)
1/4 cup Major Grey’s chutney*
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

Preheat the oven to 375° and position a rack in the center. Arrange the puff pastry squares on a work surface and brush the top edges with the egg wash. Place the sausages on the bottom edges and roll up the pastry, pressing the edges to seal. Freeze the logs for 10 minutes, or until firm.

Cut the logs into 1/2-inch slices and place them cut side up in 3 mini muffin pans. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden and sizzling. Turn out onto a paper towel-lined rack to cool.

Meanwhile, in a mini food processor, pulse the chutney and mustard just until the chutney is chopped. Spoon a dollop of the chutney mustard on each slice and serve.

MAKE AHEAD: The unbaked sliced rounds can be frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw before baking.

* really looked into making chutney for this, but honest to the lord there are just too many pieces parts to make for something that would just be easier to purchase. Yes, this is woosing out, but sometimes it just makes more sense to buy versus make. In this case, this was a win – all the way around.

Sweet Tomato Chutney

 Sweet Tomato Chutney
  • 1 whole head garlic, peeled & chopped

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    Sweet Tomato Chutney w/Cream Cheese and Crackers

  • One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger (1 inch by 1 inch), peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups red wine vinegar
  • 2 pounds fresh skinned tomatoes (or 1 pound and 12 ounces canned whole tomatoes)
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 Tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons blanched slivered almonds

Put the garlic, ginger and 1/2 cup of vinegar in the food processor and process until smooth. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, place the tomatoes (and juice from the can if using canned tomatoes) and the rest of the vinegar, sugar, salt, cayenne. Bring to a boil. Add the puree from the food processor and simmer uncovered for about 2 to 3 hours until it thickens and a film clings to a spoon when dipped. Stir occasionally at first and more frequently later as it thickens. You may need to lower the heat as the liquid diminishes. Add almonds and raisins. Simmer, stirring another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool. It should be as thick as honey. Bottle in clean containers, and refrigerate. Must be kept in the refrigerator. Good indefinitely. Makes about 2 cups.

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Sweet Tomato Chutney

This is great served with cream cheese and crackers.

Source: Llewellyn Lodge, Lexington, Virginia

This is truly one of my favorite things to make any time of year. I serve it with cream cheese, as above, but also serve it with sharp cheddar cheese. I don’t tend to use the almonds with mine, but I expect they would be a nice touch.