Easy Fresh Balsamic Tomato Chutney recipe tastes like Mother Nature made it herself. It makes a delicious Bruschetta or condiment over fish, chicken, burgers or brats!
THIS POST HAS BEEN UPGRADED FROM 9/14/17 TO IMPROVE READER EXPERIENCE.
Every once in awhile John and I will try a dish that has us thinking “Oh my gosh, we’ve got to make this”. We recently had a Balsamic Tomato Chutney that had us thinking just that!
During a recent vacation, we drove from Pacific Grove California down the 17-mile highway. We were told about a great restaurant on the Big Sur called Nepenthe. However, some bridges were out due to a landslide, so we would have to drive, shuttle, and hike to get there. We were game, and since we exercise regularly, were up for the adventure.
Well, the hike was practically scaling a mountain. Killer folks a real killer! The hike was on a dirt path which I was totally prepared for in my white capris pants and my gigantic bag which John ended up carrying. I’m sure I may have done a little (a lot) of whining too. What kept me going was thinking we were almost there. That and my competitive desire not to be passed.
Once we’d arrived I was revived with an amazing margarita. The view of the water was beautiful and we even saw a whale swimming close by. Our waiter gave us their specials and said their Shrimp BLT was the best he’d ever had.
I never know how someone else’s “best” compares to ours but we gave it a try. It was the best sandwich we’ve ever had. Part of what made it so amazing was a Balsamic Tomato Chutney. I just knew that it would be one of the first things that I tried to recreate once we got home.
Upon arriving home, we had several beautiful tomatoes ready for picking, and I knew it was a sign…to get busy in the kitchen.
I can’t even tell you how amazing this Tomato Chutney is. Balsamic infuses fresh tomatoes and onions. It’s as sweet as if Mother Nature made it herself.
Once the Balsamic Tomato Chutney was made, making the most Amazing Shrimp BLT Sandwich recipe followed. You guys, this combination is a culinary work of art, I promise!
What is Chutney?
The India subcontinent is credited for chutney as a way to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables. Chutneys could either be dried or pickled and were rarely sweet. They were often used as a condiment like a jam which is what I’ve done with this easy tomato chutney recipe. According to The Virginia Chutney Company, they’re a savory jam.
What’s the difference between Jam and Chutney?
Jams are usually cooked down and preserved with sugar and pectin. Chutneys are chopped. They can contain a mixture of vinegar and sugar and a combination of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.
Commercial versions of chutneys can really blur the lines of Jams, Chutneys, Relish, and Pickling. Unfortunately, commercial versions often taste like vinegar and sugar. If you think you don’t like chutney, try this Tomato Chutney Easy Recipe!
This Tomato Chutney recipe contains only 6 ingredients and is so much more healthy than commercial versions. It tastes so fresh and compliments anything you use it with.
Uses for Tomato Chutney
- Condiment on an Amazing Shrimp BLT sandwich!
- Topped over scrambled eggs
- As a relish over grilled swordfish, or seafood.
- Served as a Bruschetta
- Piled on a hot dog or on top of a burger
- Mixed into a fresh vegetable or pasta salad
You can freeze or can Fresh Balsamic Tomato Chutney so you can enjoy it when those beautiful tomatoes are gone for the season.
Items you may need to make Tomato Chutney:
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- 4 oz Mason Jars – I love these little jars. They make a great jam size and the perfect size gift jar. They’re also perfect for organizing items like paperclips in my office.
- Saute Pan – I prefer the stainless steel pans. I love how this pan has a flat bottom so more food can sit on it directly. I also like the glass lids so I can see how it’s cooking.
- Chef’s Knife – This is my favorite knife and I use it 95% of the time. I’ve used this knife for years and it still looks brand new. It’s been worth the investment!
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Other great tomato recipes!
- Italian Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
- Tomato Sandwich with Avocado Pesto
- Savory Tomato Galette
- Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Yogurt Dressing
Easy Fresh Balsamic Tomato Chutney Recipe
- 4 cups tomatoes diced
- 1 yellow onion diced (2 cups)
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
- In a skillet over medium heat drizzle 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Add remaining ingredients. Keep at a low boil until liquid evaporates and balsamic thickens approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate once cooled in an airtight container.
UPDATE: If you are in the Big Sur area, the road has been fixed! We even saw some people come in on electric bikes.
What is the best dish you’ve ever had while traveling and where did you enjoy it? Please share in the comments below! You are my inspiration!
If you’re still looking for great recipes to share with friends, here are a couple of my favorites!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for spending some time with me today!