Chutney refers to a wide-ranging family of condiments from Indian and South Asian cuisine that is a mixture of spices, fruits and vegetables. There are many varieties of chutney. American and European-style chutneys are usually fruit, vinegar and sugar, cooked down to a reduction. Mango chutney and Major Grey’s chutney were developed for the European market.
While living in England, one of my favorite sandwiches for lunch was simply cheese and chutney, which you could buy in almost every market. Boots Dispensing Chemist made a particularly good one, as well as Marks & Spencer and good old British Rail. I wish chutney was more popular / mainstream in the United States.
Another one of my favorite things I make for lunch is cheese and chutney quesadillas. Two cultures colliding! A true fusion of favors or should I say flavours?
Anyway, here is a wonderful dip recipe.
Cheesy Chutney Dip
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chutney
3 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
Crackers, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients. Spread the mixture into a greased baking dish and top with the Cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven until the top is golden brown and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.