A while back, I saw a recipe for roasted lemon chutney that Heidi had posted on 101 cookbooks. I was intrigued by the concept, but decided that I wanted to take it my own direction and try making roasted orange chutney. I had a very distinct mental flavor image of what I wanted it to be like, with a lot of the bittersweetness that I love in marmalade but with a whisper of piquancy and a good wallop of savory flavors too. So, here's what I created. I find it highly addictive for spreading on all sorts of things including fish and vegetables. I've been eating it for lunch spread onto grilled cheese with either sharp cheddar or goat cheese, which is spectacular. And, perhaps even better, try roasting really thick rounds of sweet potato (or beet) until caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside, then top with a good swipe of chevre and a scoop of this chutney. I just made my way through 3 sweet potatoes this way. Myself. —fiveandspice
a couple cups
bay leaf, broken in half
serrano chili pepper
fat cloves of garlic, skin still on
1 1/2 inch chunk of ginger, peeled, and cut into half inch thick slices
olive oil, plus more for roasting
brown sugar, plus more to taste
salt and freshly ground pepper
In This Recipe
Juice one of the lemons into a small bowl. Add in the chopped shallots, bay leaf, cloves, and coriander. Stir and set aside to mellow and infuse for an hour.
Preheat your oven to 400F. Scrub the remaining lemon and the oranges well. Then cut off the ends of each piece of fruit (this part has just a bit too thick of pith), and toss. Cut the rest of the lemon and orange into about 1/2 inch thick round slices. Seed the serrano pepper and cut it in half.
Spread the fruit slices, the pepper, the garlic cloves, and the ginger slices in a single layer on a lined, rimmed, baking sheet. You should be able to snuggle them all onto one, but if you can't, divide it up onto two baking pans. Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Then, take out and flip all of the fruit slices, return to the oven and roast for another 10-15 minutes, until the fruit slices are quite soft and starting to brown. (you don't want them to dry out though) The garlic cloves should be soft too.
Transfer the fruit, the serrano, and the ginger to a food processor. Remove the roasted garlic from its skin and add it to the food processor as well. Pulse a couple of times. Then, fish the bay leaves and the cloves out of the shallot mixture. Pour the shallots along with the lemon juice into the food processor and pulse some more until the fruit pieces are chopped.
Add the sugar and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Continue to pulse until the mixture is sort of creamy interspersed with the occasional chunk of orange. Season with salt and pepper and more sugar to taste.
Store in the refrigerator (it will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for at least several days), but when you are going to use it, bring the quantity you are going to use to room temperature because it will have a better texture.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.