Beautiful Ataulfo mangoes from Bountiful Baskets paired with red peppers 3 for $1 at one of my favorite stores, what does that mean? Well, in my kitchen it means “Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney”. I don’t know that this could technically fall under the “chutney” category as it has no nuts, no raisons, and none of the curry flavors I associate with chutney. It’s probably more like a salsa but since that is the name it came with, and I do not think it’s polite to rename someone else’s baby…chutney it is.
This recipe is beautifully simple to create and has a wide range of uses. I start by dicing mangoes, red bell peppers, and yellow onion. That all simmers in a mixture of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and lime juice. I add in finely chopped garlic and finely chopped ginger along with a happy helping of crushed red peppers. When that is smelling good and looking pretty I pack it all into my warm pint or half-pint jars and water-bath the heck out of it (15 mins in my neck of the woods).
The shelf- life is supposed to be 1 year but with it’s delicious taste and versatility, mine has never lasted that long. What do I do with it you wonder? Thanks for asking because I really want to tell you. One of my favorite ways to use it up is for a Sunday slow cooker meal that has become a family favorite. I pop in a lightly seasoned pork roast, add a touch of water and let it go low and slow until it’s literally falling apart. I shred that sucker up and mix in a pint of “Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney”. This “Sweet and Spicy Mango Pork” is then served over rice or in cabbage leaves and topped with macadamia nuts for a delicious Asian dinner.
We have discovered that this recipe is great on the grill. I open a jar, pour some into a ziplock bag and pop in a few chicken legs or thighs, whatever I have on hand. I let that marinade for an hour or so (don’t go much longer or the vinegar will break down the chicken too much) and then put the chicken on the grill. I serve extra sauce (NOT any that was used as marinade) right at the table.
I have also found success making it into a salad dressing. I take a half-pint jar of the “chutney” and whisk that up with a combination of olive and sesame oil and use it to dress a chopped green salad or an Asian-style cabbage salad.
Last , but certainly not least, this sauce makes a great dip for my favorite wonton recipe. I add a touch of sesame oil and some soy sauce to the chutney and then let my guests dunk away. (I’m including the wonton recipe here just for fun.)
Chutney, Salsa, Sauce or just YUM! Whatever you decide to call it I hope you enjoy this delicious way to use up those mangoes.
Last Monday I contributed for the Guacamole add on, and started to dream about rich, creamy guacamole. On Saturday I picked up my Guacamole pack and looked through the bag; avocados, green onion, jalapenos, cilantro, limes and another bag. Inside that bag was a treasure that I was not expecting; dried Chipotle peppers. By the time I got home I had lost interest in the avocados and my sights were firmly set on those wonderful aromatic chipotles. In my conventional basket were 4 big ripe tomatoes, BINGO…Fire Roasted Salsa! It took a couple days before I had time to make the salsa, by then I had remembered the avocados and guacamole.
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It’s alluring… It could be savory, or sweet, but seems somewhat risky in comparison to whipping together a regular pico de gallo. It sounds very sophisticated, but you may be still intimidated. We are here to help you untangle the anatomy of a mango salsa!
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The Recipe Round Up is a delicious collection of recipes from blogs and websites that you can make using your Bountiful Basket goodies. This week I focused on finding you recipes that you don’t need to turn on your oven to make since it is already a hot summer! I hope you enjoy! ~Karmen
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Can’t escape to the tropics this summer? Well, bring the taste of the tropics into your kitchen with the beautiful ataulfo mango. These golden treats, also known as the yellow or champagne mango, are full of healthy goodness. Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, mangos contain an enzyme similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for feelings of contentment and peace.
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Mangoes are one of the more exotic fruits we see in our baskets. When they are in season, generally in the late spring and fall, we can get cases of them as a add-on. There are usually two types of mangoes available to us commercially, the Tommy Atkins, which are the big green mangoes kissed with red highlights, and the Ataulfo, or Champagne mango. This week, we’re getting Ataulfos.
These little yellow orange delights are my favorite mango. They make a superior lassi or smoothie because they are so smooth. There are none of those fibers that you find in the bigger mangoes, and their small pit give you more mango meat for their weight. All in all, they are an excellent value.