Pears are in season and ideal for making a sweet-savory chutney. We love using this spicy pear chutney as a dip for crackers and party toasts. You can also stir it into rice, quinoa, couscous, or other grain to add flavor and gourmet flair.
Spicy Pear Chutney
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1 onion, chopped
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 2 oranges
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
Generous pinch of cayenne
6 pears, peeled, cored, chopped
1 cup golden raisins
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, vinegar, onion, orange zest, juice, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cayenne.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture becomes jam-like in consistency.
Add pears and raisins, stirring to combine, and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
Transfer to sterilized mason jars, seal, and let cool completely. Refrigerate for up to 4 months.