Frosty nights have arrived here in New York’s Hudson Valley. Sadly, this means the end of tender plants including tomatoes.

If you’re able to salvage some green tomatoes from your vines in time (or if your favorite farmer’s market or your CSA has some), this heavily spiced chutney is a great way to put them to use.

This chutney is excellent with any Indian dish as well as on sandwiches or wraps (I like it with organic turkey); it’s also delicious atop scrambled eggs. If you don’t seed the jalapeños, it ends up quite fiery: feel free to seed them if that’s not your “thing”.

Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

adapted from Think Like a Chef by Tom Collichio

Makes just over 2 cups

Ingredients:

*1 tablespoon peanut oil
*1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
*2 jalapeño peppers, with seeds, chopped
*3 shallots, peeled and chopped
*1/4 cup uncrystallized candied ginger (available at Trader Joes) or use 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, and consider adding a little more sweetener
*1 large or 2 small green or red bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
*10 green tomatoes, cored and chopped
*sea salt
*2 cardamom pods
*1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
*1/2 teaspoon coriander seed
*1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
*1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
*1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
*2 tablespoons grated palm sugar or brown sugar

Directions:

1. Heat peanut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic, jalapenos, shallots, ginger, and bell peppers. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

2. Add green tomatoes and salt. Cook, stirring the contents of the pan around, for another 2 minutes.

3. Add the spices (mustard seed through cayenne), stir around for a minute or two, and then add the vinegar and the sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes more.

4. Allow to cool a bit and taste for seasoning. Add more salt, cayenne, or sugar, if needed. Spoon into glass jar(s) and store in the refrigerator...it should keep for about a month.

This Green Tomato Chutney is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging #255. This week’s host is Prof. Kitty of The Cabinet of Professor Kitty. WHB is managed by Haalo…please see this post for more information!