Apple Bacon Chutney

by zesty on February 23, 2009 · 24 comments

If you have been following, I announced on Friday that would have a new design today.  The design team worked relentlessly throughout the weekend, but there are still a few tweaks that need to be worked out before we launch.  Our new plan is to have everything ready hopefully by mid week.  Stay tuned!

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


  1. Saute onion in olive oil on medium-high heat until translucent and and begins to brown.
  2. Add bacon, thyme, salt and pepper and begin to brown bacon. (about 7 minutes)
  3. Add Apple juice once the bacon is brown and let reduce.
  4. Toss in apples and let cook down on simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. bacon_apple-chutney

  6. ENJOY!

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.

Take care


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Meg

Glad all the catering went well! What a creative chutney. I would have never thought to put bacon in a chutney. Can’t wait to see the new design. I hope you get the tweaks worked out soon!


2 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

You won a PIG?! I don’t know that I’d have enough space for all that pork… the chutney looks fantastic! What would you eat it with, besides a spoon of course?


3 VeggieGirl

Haha congratulations on winning :-D


4 thehungryengineer (april)

The chutney looks beautiful. Congratulations on the fantastic prize!!


5 Juliet

Congrats on winning the pig! Guess we can look forward to lots more pork recipes from Zesty!


6 Culinary Cory

Way back in the fall I was testing out some different chutney ideas. I couldn’t seem to get them the way I envisioned them to taste in my head. I just might have to revisit my notes and do some more exploring.


7 Nila Rosa

Glad the catering event went well and congrats on the pig :)


8 foodsthatfit

Thanks for posting the recipe, the chutney looks great.


9 Marianne

I’ve won bacon before as a prize from a meat draw, but never the whole pig! Congrats.

The chutney looks great.


10 Bob

Sweet, what an awesome prize! So, lot’s of pork recipes coming up, huh? :) I’ve never had bacon/apple chutney before, but it looks amazing.


11 ttfn300

wow, how cool is that to win a pig!! lol :) great chutney!


12 Kath

Looks delish!! I love that you won the pig.


13 pigpigscorner

A pig! Wow..congrats! This chutney looks and sounds amazing!


14 The Running Yogini

Thanks for the tip about adding water when frying! I had no idea!! Yummy bacon :-)


15 Julie

Sounds awesome..and different! Not sure what I’d eat it with, probably just a spoon :)


16 Pearl

I’m glad the catering was a success! :)


17 Lynda

Bacon and apples together sounds like a wonderful combination!


18 thepinkpeppercorn

Fantastic recipe! And glad to hear about the catering – and can’t wait to hear more!! :)


19 Maggie

This sounds delcious! I bet it would be fantastic with some corn muffins.


20 vlmccauley

This looks so good!


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