Summer Garden Zucchini Chutney
February 17, 2015
The end of Summer is fast approaching, each day my garden yields an abundance of more fresh produce. We are collecting what seems like a continuous supply of tomatoes daily and every couple of days there is also eggplant, zucchini and capsicum. At this point in Summer I generally begin to become a little fatigued of thinking of ways to incorporate the same vegetables into evening meals – especially zucchini. Zucchini is such a prolific producer that it can overwhelm an unsuspecting household.
I generally make my End of Summer Chutney around this time. You can find the recipe for that via my friend Bizzy Lizzy Good Things. I shared it there a little while ago. This year I (un-intentionally) made a variation of that recipe by simply using what I had piling up on the kitchen bench. If I had of dared to mention the Z word to the kids when they asked what was for dinner I anticipated that it would be thrown at me!
It is well and truly time to get out your jars and to make use of the abundant fresh produce of Summer before it ends for another year.The thing I love most about making jams, relishes and sauces is that they allow the produce to be enjoyed for months to come when the garden has stopped producing those vegetables.
As with any food items that have been stored for a period of time you should check carefully for any signs of spoilage prior to eating and discard if in doubt.
I have a large stock of preserves in my pantry, the shelves are starting to bow a little under the weight of the jars. This has led me to start adding them to cooking as well as enjoying them as you would expect, served with cold or hot meat, or as part of an antipasto platter. This chutney is fabulous when added to the ingredients of sausage rolls or pasties – as well as using it as the sauce to serve on the side. The chutney adds a rich zing to this simple crowd pleasing meal. You may also like to give it a try as the base of a pizza, spread thinly. Add a couple of tablespoons to a casserole to give it a lift, use your imagination and enjoy your produce in as many ways as you can come up with.
Are you ready to start using your garden excess to make Chutney?
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