This week I decided to put my garden to bed for the winter. The bounty has been plentiful, but it’s time to let the soil rest and start making plans for next year! While cleaning out the beds, I had heaps of green tomatoes leftover. I asked for recommendations from my Instagram fam for green tomato recipes and there were so many great ideas! Be sure to head over to my Instagram post to see all of the great green tomato recs. However, I finally decided to make chutney. Today was my first time ever making chutney, and I used a recipe recommended by my friend Nicole from the Food in Jars blog. Her recipe was a great foundation for my chutney, but the recipe I’ve listed below is a creation all my own. I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients at the house listed in the recipe so I made it with what I had available. This recipe is very nearly waste free, minus the dark brown sugar which we don’t have available in bulk here in Athens.
Here’s how I made my tasty jar of chutney that I don’t think will last through the week!
Green Tomato Chutney Recipe
My recipe makes one 12oz mason jar’s worth of chutney
1 medium onion, chopped
6 smallish green tomatoes, chopped (about 4 cups)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white vinegar
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. salt
Chop your onion and tomatoes and toss into a pot. Add sugar, vinegar, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
Mix well and bring to boil. Then reduce heat to low and cook for an hour to an hour and a half. Stir it regularly so you don’t scorch the bottom. You’ll continue to cook the ingredients down until they have thickened. (Think, is this spreadable on a cracker? If so, you’re done!) After it’s cooked down, add the salt.
You can now fill a mason jar with your deliciously sweet and spicy chutney, or like me, you can just start digging in right out of the pot because it is just so tasty. I don’t think my jar of chutney is going to last more than a week!
I’ve still got some green tomatoes leftover, and I think my next experiment will be fried green tomatoes!! What is your favorite green tomato recipe??