Our obsession with figs isn’t new. But, this plum and fig chutney mixes bright citrus, deep spices, and subtle sweetness to make for one of the best additions to your holiday spread. With multiple layers of depth and flavor, this holiday appetizer will delight your guests with the perfect balance of new and unexpected flavors. Erin from Brownie Bites is the lady behind this dippable delight. She was able to capture the natural sweetness from both of the fruits and balance that with brightness, earthiness, and pure deliciousness of the ingredients for a great holiday appetizer. While the flavor is rich and deep, the dip itself is held in contrast to other appetizers normally found in your holiday spread. Fruity and bright with just enough sweetness, it’ll give you a break from butter-heavy cookies and molten, decadent cheese courses. The delight isn’t over: a nice smear of lightly whipped cream cheese is brought to life with bold and earthy cardamom. You might recognize the flavor if you ever enjoy sipping on a chai tea. It’s one of the predominant spices in the mix, rounding out sweetness with beautiful aromatics. Looking to impress your friends and family? Serve them this. It’s way better.
Fig & Plum Chutney with Cardamom Whipped Cream Cheese
For the chutney:
1 TBS vegetable oil
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
1 cup canned plums – rinsed, drained, and chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp ground mustard
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cloves
For whipped cream cheese:
1 block (8oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1-2 TBS milk
1 tsp ground cardamom
For the chutney:
In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onions. Cook until soft and translucent. Add all remaining ingredients and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook an additional 10-15 minutes until chutney has thickened to a jam-like consistency.
For the whipped cream cheese:
In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese and cardamom with a hand mixer until fluffy, adding the milk a little at a time as needed to thin to desired consistency.
Serve chutney over cream cheese with Way Better Snacks Simply Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips.
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