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The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby alan refail » Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:18 pm

A bit too early perhaps for thinking about using green tomatoes, but this recipe is worth making as soon as you have some full-sized unripe green tomatoes.
If, like us, you find green tomato chutney a bit boring and more a matter of “making the best of a bad job” at the end of a poor tomato season, try this one which we have adapted from Nick Sandon and Johnny Acton’s book Preserved. We make it every year and it gives green tomato chutney a whole new dimension.

GRILLED GREEN TOMATO CHUTNEY

500 g green tomatoes
275 ml cider or white wine vinegar
50 ml balsamic vinegar
125 g muscovado sugar
100 g dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2.5 cm lump of ginger roughly sliced
2 teaspoons of mustard seeds
2 teaspoons of Szechwan or black pepper
2 medium dried chilis
10 fresh sage leaves
a couple of sprigs of rosemary
a couple of sprigs each of thyme and oregano
1 medium onion chopped
500 g apples peeled and chopped


Slice the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil, then place on a very hot griddle pan until browned but still firm and uncooked.
Heat the vinegars in a pan and add the sugars, stirring till dissolved.
Put the ginger, mustard seeds, pepper and chilis into a muslin spice bag.
Chop the char-grilled tomatoes and put into a pan with the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer for at least two hours, stirring occasionally, until the chutney is your desired consistency.

Pour into sterilised jars with non- metal lids. The amounts above are enough for 3-4 medium jars.

Store in a dark place for at least 3 months.

Do try it - you'll not regret it - guaranteed.
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby Westi » Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:28 pm

Cheers for that Alan.

I made some last year from an allotment book
and they were rubbish - unfortunately gave some
away but did get the bottes back promtish. :)

Will try your recipe this year.

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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby WestHamRon » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:32 pm

Thanks Alan.
Slice the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil, then place on a very hot griddle pan until browned but still firm and uncooked.
Cut side down or skin down ?
Cheers.
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby alan refail » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:33 pm

WestHamRon wrote:Thanks Alan.
Slice the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil, then place on a very hot griddle pan until browned but still firm and uncooked.
Cut side down or skin down ?
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Both sides :)
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby oldherbaceous » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:13 pm

Dear Alan, are you sure thats not a Hellmans recipe. :) :wink:
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby Greenman » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:35 pm

I have a good crop of Italian plum tomatoes and will definitely be trying this recipe. The usual green tomato chutney recipes are usually little more than a way of using up what should more rightly be consigned to the (compost) bin :roll:
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby Victoria » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:52 pm

Wish I'd seen this recipe earlier, am making Hugh F-whittingstall's 'glutney' using up some of courgette glut plus green blighted toms.
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby nickyk » Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:21 pm

Hi,
I've just made a big pot of Delia's chutney and it is very vinegary - should i add more sugar to counteract that?
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby Elaine » Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:12 pm

Hi Peter. sounds delicious and will give it a try. Please would you tell me;
a) two teaspoons black pepper. Is this peppercorns?
b) sage, rosemary,thyme and oregano. would dried leaves be okay instead of fresh?
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby alan refail » Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:15 pm

Elaine wrote:Hi Peter. sounds delicious and will give it a try. Please would you tell me;
a) two teaspoons black pepper. Is this peppercorns?
b) sage, rosemary,thyme and oregano. would dried leaves be okay instead of fresh?
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Hi Elaine

Do you mean "Hi Alan"?

If so, roughly ground pepper, and dried herbs would be fine.
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby Primrose » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:41 pm

Dear Alan, could you please fax me over a small sample so that I can have a taster before trying it for myself :lol: :lol: I'm hanging on with the outdoor tomatoes as long as possible in the hope that I won't have many green tomatoes to deal with, but if I do, I'll try your recipe. Last time I made chutney I went overboard and made enough for about ten years so that's a mistake I won't repeat.
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby donedigging » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:43 pm

Dear Alan,

Is that cooking apples or dessert apples?

I have loads of green toms left this year so will be giving it ago aswell.

Thank you
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby alan refail » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:49 am

Dear DD

We always use eating apples.
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby Elaine » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:32 am

Hi Alan. So sorry about getting your name wrong, :shock: can't imagine how I managed it. :oops: :oops: :oops: . Can only put it down to a senior moment. (hormones, dear)
Thank you for answering my query.
I am still cringing with embarrassment.......
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Re: The best green tomato chutney - ever!

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:39 am

Thank you Alan, this is a great recipe. I let the tomatoes get a bit mushy while grilling them, but it still came out very well. I have had a taste of the bit that didn't fit into the jars and it is just right. I don't like vinegary chutneys. I'll just have to make myself wait for the rest of it to mature a while like you suggest.
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