I promised recipes last week and I’m not one to break promises, so here’s a quickie in celebration of the fact that I’ll be free of the bar exam in a week. Another winner from The Dallas Junior League Cookbook: nectarine-tomato chutney.
Put some of this on pork and you will not be sad. Heck, eat it plain and you’ll be pretty happy; I was licking the pot when I finished putting it in jars. I’m not gonna lie – I’m starting to worry I’m playing favorites with my cookbooks. There are just so many awesome recipes in this one that I keep coming back to it and neglecting some of the other new additions to my collection. Besides, the cover is awesome, in all its 1970s pastel glory.
Initially, I shied away from this recipe because I was feeling lazy about the required blanching and peeling of fruits. It’s just one of those things I always think will be more laborious than it actually is.
You know what, though? Those tomatoes and nectarines peeled down pretty quick. I wish I could bare it all with as much compunction – it’s hot as blazes here, and humid to boot.
This was a bar study break, as you can see: my chopped nectarines are shown off nicely against the dull, dull pages of my bar review book. Why is she not studying, you ask? Don’t worry – I’ve been putting in the hours. Many hours. I just happen to believe in breaking those hours up a little, even if it means they extend for more of the day.
I like to keep things a little varied. Like this chutney – which takes fresh basil in addition to nectarines and tomatoes.
It’s all cooked up, so the flavors blend wonderfully.
And fresh onion and green pepper are tossed in at the last stage of cooking to add crunch and freshness to balance out tangy sweetness.
When I see you next (in a week, with more jars!) I’ll be done with the bar exam. Until then, enjoy some chutney!
Nectarine-Tomato Chutney (Makes 2 pints)
2 1/2 lbs. (about 8 medium) fresh, ripe nectarines
1 lb. (2 large) fresh, ripe tomatoes
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Few dashes Tabasco sauce
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. chopped fresh basil (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1/2 c. diced green pepper
1/2 c. chopped onion
1. Blanch the nectarines and tomatoes in boiling water for about 1 minute. Drain them, immediately run them under cold water, and peel them.
2. Chop the fruit; there should be about 5 cups of nectarine, and 2 cups of tomato.
3. Combine the nectarines and tomatoes in a medium pot with all ingredients except the pepper and onion.
4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.
5. Add the pepper and onion, raise the heat to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently, as the chutney really thickens up.
6. Remove from heat, and immediately ladle into sterilized jars for sealing. If you plan to use the chutney within a week or so, wait for it to cool and store it in the fridge in a covered jar or container.
This sounds incredible! How wonderful this must taste~
Gorgeous photography – a very elegant and comprehensive post. I’ll be trying this recipe soon for sure!
ooh i can totally smell those spices from here… i see we were both in a jammy mood! 😉 thanks for sharing the tip about blanching fruit – it’ll come in handy when I try jamming peaches.
p.s. you are totally gonna rock that bar exam next week! keep on truckin’ til then, and we’ll see ya back in NYC real soon! =)
Oh that is simply gorgeous!! I have always been a fan of nectarines. I think they might be close to the top of my favorite fruit. I have never seen a chutney like this, but I am absolutely positive that it would be fabulous!
Gorgeous! I love the nectarine/tomato combination. Good luck on the BAR exam!!!
Ooh. I am intrigued by the idea of this chutney. I just picked up a basket of early peaches, and I’m thinking they’d be fabulous in place of the nectarines.
Good luck with the bar exam! Cooking breaks are very necessary for sanity, IMO. I used to bake bread while studying for university exams, because it would give me a built-in excuse to get up once an hour to check on my dough (not to mention that kneading dough is very therapeutic!). 🙂
Looks like a wonderful accompaniment to so many meats. Good luck on the bar, I will be excited for you to finish!
I have to try this chutney!! I often buy chutneys, instead of using homemade, but I think this it’s really perfect!!
Oooh this chutney sounds so good! Good luck with the remaining week of bar exam craziness!
Oh this sounds so good! I’ve never heard of this kinda chutney before either! I’ve roomed with 2 people while they were studying for the bar… Good luck!
I guess cooking is a good way to de-stress. Glad you aren’t studying too hard to share this lovely recipe. I have a friend with two wild peach trees. I’m sending her this post. Good luck with the exams.
I got really into the combination of tomatoes and peaches last year, so I imagine tomatoes and nectarines would also be really good. Seems like a good thing to have with goat cheese and crackers too! Good luck next week!!
I have never tried cooking chutney at home. I love nectarines and tomatoes and this looks super delicious! Good luck with the exam!
I love making chutney, just made a fig one but this sounds divine. The nectarines are really cheap at the moment so I should make the most of it. I’m sure it’s heaven on a mature Manchego!!
Ooooh! So close to the big day! You’re gonna knock that one out of the park I’m sure. As you did with this chutney. God, that sounds amazing. Buzzed 🙂
Intense bar studying deserves a break. This chutney looks wonderful, and I’m glad you took a couple of additional minutes to share it! I always enjoy peeling blanched peaches/nectarines… I feel like I’m liberating the peaches. 🙂
One more week of the exams? Good luck to you:))
This recipe sound very delicious, I never tried mixing nectarine and tomatoes, sounds incredibly tasty! Thanks for sharing and again good luck!
I love chutneys and this sounds like one that I could probably eat by the spoonfuls!
GOOD LUCK on the exam!!! Sleep plenty the night before or just load up on coffee! 🙂
Direct testimony. This is good.
One of my favorite salsas uses peaches as the base, so I can see how this would be incredible. What a wonderful mixture of flavors.