I love any kind of cheese. In general, I can say, the smellier, the better. However, I love it all – soft, semi-hard, hard, blue, creamy, any kind you can think of. Therefore, I told myself – let’s serve it properly and create My First Pear Chutney.
I did quite some research, but you know how it goes, someone likes it more sweet, someone likes it more blend. Today, I present you my way.
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
850g of unpeeled pears (I had 2 large and 3 medium ones), washed, peeled, cleaned and hardly chopped
1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped
100g of cane sugar
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, ginger, ground cinnamon
A pinch of cumin and cayenne pepper
1 star anise
Juice from 1 small lemon
100ml of Balsamic Vinegar
Place the pears and onion into a large frying pan on high heat. Sprinkle with sugar and add all spices (mustard seeds, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper a star anise).
Give it a good stir and toss for about 2 minutes. Then add the juice from the lemon and Balsamic Vinegar.
Bring it to boil and lower the heat to medium. Taste and taste and season accordingly. Simmer without a lid for about 90 minutes until the pears soften and the consistency becomes thicker.
Let me be honest, you can really smell it in the kitchen, even the next day. However, it is really worth it, at least once a year!
Enjoy with a good quality soft goat cheese and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Makes 2 medium jars.