A spiced mixture of chopped apples and dried fruit, apple chutney has many uses once prepared. Like preserves, its uses range beyond the obvious. Think of apple chutney as a strange variation of pico de gallo using apples and sweet spices instead of tomatoes and peppers. Make your own from a recipe or purchase prepared chutney from your local grocer.
Prepare or purchase apple chutney and serve it instead of applesauce as a side dish with fattier meats such as pork chops. The sweet and tart flavors of the apples in the chutney will act as a foil for the pork. Alternatively, mix a spoonful or two per serving into turkey stuffing before cooking instead of adding cranberries or other fruits.
Liven up your breakfast toast, bagel or English muffin by switching to chutney from plain preserves. Combine equal amounts of apple chutney with cream cheese and spread between pieces of bread or English muffin or bagel halves for a creamy, flavorful breakfast sandwich.
Complement a green salad with an apple chutney dressing. Mix apple chutney into a vinegar and oil dressing. Toss it into salad greens and top the salad with crumbled feta or shredded cheddar cheese, pecans or walnuts and grilled or breaded chicken strips.
Chutney Chicken Salad
Make your chicken salad tastier with the full flavor of an apple chutney mixed into your salad. Mix apple chutney into your favorite recipe for chicken salad instead of using grapes or other fruits. The apples and other spices will lend more flavor to the salad than just grapes alone.