The men in my life are notoriously difficult to buy for. I’ve brought endless amounts of books, jumpers and hopelessly ugly novelty socks over the years, but I still feel like the presents that I buy for them never quite hit the mark. So this year, I’ve taken a new approach. This year, I’m gifting food.
I’ve never met a man who didn’t like a cheeseboard, and nothing goes better with a cheese than chutney. Specifically thick, sticky, savoury red onion chutney, caramelised with brown sugar and sweet balsamic vinegar. This isn’t just an ideal gift for a tricky to buy for fella – this is the perfect gift for cheese lovers everywhere. It’s sweet, simple, and you can make it more than a month in advance. What’s not to love?
6 red onions
2 white onions
2 tbsp olive oil
50g light brown sugar
150g dark brown sugar
150ml balsamic vinegar
150ml red wine vinegar
1 tsp crushed chili flakes
Peel and chop all 8 of the onions, cutting them into the finest possible slices.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, and add the onions.
Cook over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring gently to prevent burning, until the onions are soft.
Stir in the sugars.
Add the vinegars and chili flakes and simmer the mixture for a further 30 minutes, until most of the liquid has reduced and the chutney has become thick and sticky.
Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal.
You can serve the chutney immediately, but it’s best if kept to mature for a month or more. If you make a batch now, it will be ready in time for Christmas!
P.S. For those who are wondering, the jars and ribbon are from Tiger. So cute and so cheap – the best combination!