Easy and delicious fresh pineapple chutney.

perfect for grilled pork

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photo credit: www.of2minds.org

fresh pineapples

Simple fresh pineapple chutney

A great pineapple sort of chutney

This is not really chutney in the traditional thick jammy Indian chutney sense, but it does involve cooking, so it's not really a salsa either. Whatever you call it, it is great, and is the perfect addition to any grilled meat, but especially any grilled flavors with a Caribbean or Indian element.

The chutney is very easy to make, and will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge; although unless you make quite a lot, you are not likely going to have to worry too much about leftovers, as this stuff goes very well with a whole lot of great summer fare.

Pineapple chutney

1 big ripe pineapple, cut into small cubes. Cut the pieces into pieces about the size of a kidney bean.

1 tbls of fresh ginger peeled and finely minced.

1 tsp of allspice, freshly ground if possible

About ½ cup of white vinegar

About ½ cup of white sugar

1 medium onion, chopped

¼ cup of raisins

Salt to taste

It is impossible to give exact measurements for the amount of vinegar and sugar to use, as a pineapple can vary drastically in tartness or sweetness. You don't want this chutney to be either overpoweringly sour, or syrupy. You are looking for a nice balance. The best thing to do is to taste the pineapple first, determine if it's a sweet one or not, and work from there, adjusting the quantities of vinegar and sugar accordingly. If you think that you have added too much of one, you can just add more of the other later on, so don't worry about it too much!

Combine all the ingredients in a thick pot, or heavy skillet, and bring to a gentle simmer. Let the mixture cook away until it is no longer watery, but thickened. You will serve this at room temperature, also the liquid will thicken further from the consistency that it is while hot, so you can take it off the heat a little before it's perfect.

You don't want this to taste salty at all, but without the addition of a little salt, something is certainly missing. Just give it a couple of good pinches of salt, and you should be fine.

Serve with any grilled meat, although it is perfect with grilled pork or chicken. This goes wonderfully with a jerk chicken or pork.

A great, healthy and flavorful chutney, to add life to everyday fare.

watch how the pro's cut a pineapple...on the beach in Thailand!

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