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Date Chutney

Date Chutney 16.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Mar 30, 2022

This quick-to-make chutney gets its sweetness from dried dates and a bit of tang from mustard and apple cider vinegar. It complements food writer Will Coleman's fried pork chop sandwich (see related recipe), but also you could try it with a pork loin, roasted chicken or simply serve it with a cheeseboard and crackers.

Make Ahead: Can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Storage Notes: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 16 servings; makes about 1 cup, each serving is a tablespoon

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or other neutral oil
  • 1 large shallot (about 4 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) pitted dates, coarsely chopped (about 24)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

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In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the dates, water, mustard, vinegar and salt and stir to combine.

Once it comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and cook until the water has evaporated and the mixture has a jammy consistency, about 5 minutes.

Recipe Source

From food writer Will Coleman.

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon: 44

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 1g 2%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 92mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates: 9g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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