Spiced Apple Chutney ...I Mean “Applesauce”

We’re getting close to applesauce season, and if you’re in the mood for a little upgrade, then consider this exotic, but very easy, spiced apple chutney. Actually, it’s way more than a little upgrade.

These types of fruit chutneys are some of the most flavorful things you’ll ever taste, and perfect condiments for those special occasion holiday dinners. If you like applesauce, you’ll find this a fairly familiar experience, and despite the ingredient list, nothing really overpowers the fruit.

You don’t really taste shallots or garlic, and everything works to amplify the appleness. The salt, spice, and vinegar makes this a savory condiment to be sure, yet it still works in pretty much every situation regular applesauce would, except maybe as baby food. Although?

Anyway, like I said in the video, you may have to call this “applesauce,” and make it when no one’s around, but one taste and I’m sure you’ll agree the ends justify the means. I hope you give this great apple chutney a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for about 2 1/2 cups:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
4 apples, peeled, 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup diced dried apricots
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup diced shallots or red onion
5 thick slices ginger
1/4 tsp red chili flakes, or to taste
1 whole star anise
1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
2 cloves minced garlic