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Apple Bacon Chutney
Now on to the food. With this recipe - comes a little story. I recently entered a raffle draw for a fundraiser and the prize was a “PIG”. At first glance – I thought “hmmmm this is an unusual prize.” But then I thought about it a bit more and concluded that I would take a pig as long as it was wrapped, packed and prepared for the freezer.
Well guess what… Zesty won the pig! With the delivery came a lot of pork including a fair amount of fresh pork bacon “unsmoked”. So I was peeking in the freezer yesterday and decided to pull out a package of bacon. Chutney was the first thing I thought of… call me crazy I know.
Super easy and such a flavorful side dish or topping for meat and even vegetables. Below is the recipe and as you can see – it is so simple and easy. If you are a bacon person, you’ll love this as it is packed full of flavor.
- 2 Royal Gala Apples (chopped)
- 6 Strips Fresh Pork Bacon (chopped)
- 1 Medium Onion
- 1/4 Cup Apple Juice
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp. Thyme
- Salt and Pepper
- Saute onion in olive oil on medium-high heat until translucent and and begins to brown.
- Add bacon, thyme, salt and pepper and begin to brown bacon. (about 7 minutes)
- Add Apple juice once the bacon is brown and let reduce.
- Toss in apples and let cook down on simmer for 20 minutes.
Zesty Tip: When cooking with bacon or any meat that you want to achieve a brown color/texture with, try adding a little bit of water while frying. This will help the bacon crisp up during the frying process.
Have a great Monday! Oh! I almost forgot – the catering went really well. I will be working on the recipes and pictures from the big night as well as the experience in general… stay tuned for that.