Great Gift: Simple Mango Chutney

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      Simple Mango Chutney

      Fruity bites of mango and golden raisins are energized with ginger, vinegar, cinnamon and sugar and caramelized into a golden sweet and sour treat that glistens like polished glass. This simple recipe will amaze your friends and family and eliminate the mystery of the costly gourmet chutneys you’ve seen at the store.

      1 bag (12-16 ounces), frozen mango chunks thawed
      1 1/2 cups vinegar
      1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
      1 box (12-16 ounces) of golden raisins
      1 teaspoon ginger
      1 teaspoon nutmeg
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 teaspoon salt

      Combine ingredients in a large bowl and pour into a heavy bottomed saucepan.

      Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a medium heat.

      Cook until thickened, stirring regularly to avoid scorching, for 20-25 minutes.

      Chill before serving.
      Serving Suggestions

      a.. For an appetizer, serve on crackers with soft spread cream cheese or on lightly-battered chicken nuggets.
      b.. For dinner, it’s an amazing accompaniment for your holiday ham or turkey.
      Simple Mango Chutney Gift Ideas

      Try these helpful suggestions for packaging your tasty homemade chutney as a thoughtful holiday gift. Be sure to refrigerate before gift giving.

      Packaging Options
      a.. Find fun glass containers at your local craft store or use vintage glass jars for an heirloom appeal. Spoon in mango chutney and attach this recipe label or tie to the lid with a festive ribbon.

      You can make your own unique labels; just remember to include serving and storing information.
      b.. Present your mango chutney jars inside a useful breadbasket lined with a holiday linen napkin. Include a recipe card, soft spread cream cheese, a wooden spreader and gourmet crackers for easy snacking.

      Put together a nice set of nested storage bowls with mango chutney inside the center bowl. Attach the chutney recipe, and tie a thick velvet ribbon around the group. Your host can use these handy bowls for party leftovers for years to come.

      Bring the chutney to a party on a serving tray or platter with a silver spreader as a gift for your host. Serve with crackers and a variety of toasted bread slices.
      Decorative Accents
      a.. Measure your jar lids and cut pieces of fabric for lovely lid covers. Tie over the lids with ribbon, raffia or twine and attach a sprig of dried flowers, berries or holly.

      Wrap the whole jar with holiday patterned fabric, colorful tulle, tissue paper or cellophane. Fan out over the lid and a tie with ribbons. Punch a hole in a recipe card and thread a piece of ribbon through the hole.

      Source: Cyndi B. (Group email)

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