Rhubarb and Dried Cherry Chutney

posted by Elle 07-22-98 4:01 PM

Rhubarb and Dried Cherry Chutney
Michael Lomonaco - Michael's Place, Food TV

2 pounds fresh rhubarb, both ends trimmed, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup dried cherries
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons red wine
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch each of cinnamon, allspice, cayenne
1/2 cup minced red onion
3/4 cup 1/2-inch slices of celery
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper (no seeds)
2 teaspoons lime juice

Place the rhubarb in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar. Let the rhubarb macerate and drain for 1/2 hour.

In a 10-inch skillet cook the honey, cherries, vinegar, wine, mustard seeds, salt and spices over medium heat until syrupy. Stir in the onion and celery and cook for 2 minutes to soften. Add the rhubarb and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to cook evenly. Avoid overcooking the rhubarb. When done, it should be tender, but still have some texture to it.

Add the orange zest and jalapeno pepper, and cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in the lime juice, remove from the pan, and let cool. Serve either at room temperature or chilled.

Yield: 4 cups

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