In spite of the name, there isn’t actually any chutney in this recipe. Although a true chutney would have vinegar in it, this tastes pretty darn close to me. This recipe uses staple ingredients that store well, so it’s easy to throw it in the crock pot on a day when you weren’t expecting to need a plan for dinner. If you are out of cinnamon or nutmeg, throw in a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice along with the chili pepper and you should be pleased with the results. You can also make this recipe your own with a hint of coriander or 1/4 cup of dried fruit.
The super quick prep on this recipe along with the “can’t ruin it” flavors also make this a great choice for cooking with kids. My big guy loves to chop apples with his Pampered Chef “kids knife” (I believe there are other types of knives on the market that will cut fruit and aren’t dangerously sharp. One friend says her kid cuts apples with a nylon knife. I don’t have one so I can’t tell you more than that.) And there are only a few spices, which means it’s a great opportunity to practice measuring. (And no one will care if there’s a pinch more nutmeg in there!)