Caramelised Carrot ChutneyPosted 30 April 2013 by Debbie
I love chutney, but carrot chutney is a new one for me; Marks and Spencer do an absolutely lovely Wensleydale cheese and caramelised carrot chutney sandwich that I wanted to be able to recreate at home. Carrot chutney isn’t something you can easily find, so I looked for recipes online, with not much luck. Nearly everything I found had things like sultanas added to it, which wasn’t right at all.
After a couple of experiments, I came up with this recipe. I recreated the sandwich and tried them side by side. It’s pretty damn close to the real thing. I used Wensleydale for authenticity, but this sweet chutney would go well with any salty and/or creamy cheese like feta, cheddar or goat’s cheese.
Also, despite the fact that it’s no longer a necessity in the world we live in, I love the concept of preserving food at the end of its season to last through the bleaker months. This is a great way to preserve a surplus of carrots.
Ingredients (makes 2 small jars):
- 10 carrots (approx. 700 g)
- 110 g (½ cup) caster sugar
- 300 ml (1 ¼ cups) white wine vinegar
Grate the carrots.
Heat the grated carrots in a large pan over a low heat. You could use some oil, but oil isn’t listed as an ingredient in the M&S sandwich, and I found that with a decent non-stick pan, you don’t need it. Sweat the carrots until they are soft.
Add the sugar to the carrots and cook over a medium heat to let the sugar caramelise. Pour in the white wine vinegar and bring it to the boil, stirring. Continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated and the remaining chutney is a thicker consistency.
While the chutney is still hot, ladle it into hot, sterilised jars. The chutney should keep for several months.
Now, as for the sandwich… here is the M&S original:
Since I made the chutney, they have changed the packaging and no longer describe the chutney as “caramelised” for some reason. They also list onions as an ingredient, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t the case before. Ah well – they still taste very similar! Here is my recreation (admittedly, not as neat as the packaged one!) Wensleydale cheese, caramelised carrot chutney, a smear of Greek yoghurt, and lettuce.