DRIED FRUIT CHUTNEY
In the past few years I have found that my desire to gather around the table with friends and family breaking bread, sharing our lives and stories has grown. I’m not sure if it is because I have had more free time with no longer working a full time position or if it’s because I have relaxed my obsessions with a perfectly manicured home and allowed myself the freedom of imperfection. Whatever the reason; entertaining is a lot more enjoyable!
I tend to be a little more indulgent during the Holiday season and with most of my friends (and me too) working at eating more healthily I was thrilled to come across NatureBox and their fine quality snacks recently. I found an amazing array of dried fruits with no sugar added and no nitrates. In fact, the ingredients for all their snacks are natural, and wholesome. NatureBox snacks have no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors of any kind and no high fructose corn syrup. I was intrigued and when given the opportunity to choose a few snacks of my own from their large array to develop a healthy Fall holiday recipe with, I jumped at the chance. I chose fancy dried figs, dried pears, dried cherries and fuji apples. When the shipment arrived I couldn’t wait to tear into it!
For those of you who are wondering what NatureBox is, let me explain…it’s an exciting new way to get high quality, delicious and healthy snacks delivered right to your door each and every month that are carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved. When you join NatureBox, you receive 5 different snacks every month. You decide which snacks you receive. You can choose the snacks or be surprised with the well thought out carefully curated selections from Naturebox.Either way, you’re in for a treat with over 100+ snacks sure to please.
With my selection from NatureBox I chose to make a recipe for a Dried Fruit Chutney. The dried fruit was fragrant, fresh and lent itself perfectly to the recipe. Serve this wonderfully flavored and simple Dried Fruit Chutney over Blue Cheese, Brie or Goat Cheese alongside crackers and crusty French bread. Add fresh grapes and olives for a well-rounded tray. Perfect!
- 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 cups water ( more if necessary)
- 1 cup fresh apple cider
- 1 cup chopped dried pears
- 1 cup chopped dried Fuji Apples
- ¾ cup chopped dried cherries
- ⅓ cup golden raisins
- ⅓ cup chopped dried figs
- 2 tbsp Brandy (or substitute apple juice if desired)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
- ⅛ tsp ground cardamom
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp dry mustard
- 2 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
- ⅓ to ½ cup raw sugar (to taste)
- Place tbsp olive oil and butter in large sauce pan over medium high heat.
- Once butter has melted, turn heat down to medium low and cook onions until brown and caramelized. Stirring often. (about 20 minutes)
- In the meantime, place dried fruit, apple juice, 2 cups water, brandy, ginger, lemon zest and all other seasonings into large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for 45 minutes until fruit has softened and water is absorbed. Check occasionally and add water if necessary to prevent fruit from scorching if the fruit is absorbing water to fast).
- Once fruit has softened, stir in caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar and raw sugar.
- Cool and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.
Try NatureBox today with a free trial that comes with 1 full-sized bag and 4 single-serve pouches. It is a great way to try it out and see for your selves. It’s good to know that NatureBox has a Product Promise as well. Your “Snackisfaction” is guaranteed!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.