Chutney is always a great choice to add some extra flavour to dishes, or to go along with cheese and crackers at Christmas time. Home made chutney can make an ideal home made gift too if you are looking for a personal DIY gift ideas for a foodie family member. Nicely presented in an attractive jar, it’s sure to be gratefully received. If you like fruity tastes why not give this chilli cherry variety a go.

Chilli Cherry Chutney recipe - great to accompany meals, or make as a DIY home made gift for a foodie

Chilli Cherry Chutney : the festive dip with a kick

Ingredients for the chilli cherry chutney

200g fresh cherries
½ cup sugar
2 to 4 cups Cherry Good Original
1-2 small fresh red chillies (depending on how spicy you can take it!)
2 shallots
1 clove garlic

How to make the chilli cherry chutney

1. Pierce each of your fresh cherries, allowing the flavour to flood out (there is no need to stone them).
2. Place the cherries and sugar into a pan and add the Cherry Good Original to cover by an inch.
3. Place a lid on the pan and cook on a low heat for around 20 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Once cooled, sieve the syrup to remove the skins, pulp and stones.

Top tip – use your hands to push as much of the goodness through the sieve as you can. (This cherry syrup is also fantastic on ice cream)

5. De-seed your chillies, putting the seeds to one side.
6. Place them, along with the garlic and shallots, into a blender and blitz until finely minced.
7. Add this to the syrup along with the chilli seeds and mix well.
8. Place your syrup into a sterilised jar and leave it for a month to allow it to mature. Once opened keep it refrigerated.

Top Tip: The chutney makes a gorgeous marinade for chicken, Christmas ham or as an accompaniment to the post-Christmas Day turkey curry.

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