Dates chutney

Chutney di datteri

I had many different kinds of dates around the house!

Let’s state something: I do not like dates! they are too sweet, too soggy…

So dates are something that only my husband eats. And as he doesn’t eat kilos of them, well, we have many around.

The best way I found to get rid of them is chutney. Simple, soothing, satysfing! And perfect with roasted meat!

750 g stoned dates

1 litre white wine vinegar

A piece 5 centimetres long of fresh ginger, finely diced

4 teaspoons salt

3 cloves

4 cardamoms

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginnamon

1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper

200 g sugar

150 g sultanas

Bring vinegar and halved dates to the boil. Cook for 40 minutes, or until dates are tender.

Add sugar, spices, salt and sultanas, and cook for 30 more minutes.

In the meanwhile, half fill jam jars with water, and eat in the microwave, at maximun power, for 10 minutes. Take the jars out, discard the water, dry them with a clean tea towel.

Fill the jars still hot with the hot chutney. Close them and put them upside down to cool.

Let them rest for at least 10 day before opening.

They’ll make a perfect Christmas present 🙂