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Major Shortcuts

Magazine article Sunset

Major Shortcuts

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Chutney adds quick flavor

More chutney tricks

* Savory sandwich (above). Split a croissant and fill with sliced brie and apple, fruit chutney, and watercress leaves.

* Speedy appetizer. Blend cream cheese with curry powder and spread on thin-sliced white bread; top with fruit chutney, thin-sliced cooked ham, and minced chives. Cut into small rectangles.

* Shortcut pizza. Spread pocket bread with sauteed mushrooms and fontina cheese; bake until cheese is melted, then dollop with fruit chutney.

* Flavorful sauce. Saute chicken breasts or pork chops in butter; remove meat and add a little cream and fruit chutney to pan. Boil until slightly thickened, then pour over meat.

* Spiced-up dessert. Top plain cheesecake wedges with fruit chutney and sour cream.

In the world of condiments, chutney stands out for diversity, versatility, and-if canned-longevity. Major Grey-an intense, sweet-tart, spicy blend of mangoes and ginger from England (but with Indian roots)-can be found in almost any market. You're also apt to encounter peach, apricot, raisin, tomato, and other chutneys with a similar sweet-sour punch. They can be used interchangeably to complement curries and simply cooked meats, fish, and poultry, such as in our chicken salad. They're also a shortcut to weeknight adventure in a host of other dishes (see "More Chutney Tricks," at left). Once opened, preserved chutneys keep for months if stored airtight in the refrigerator.

Chutney Chicken Salad

PREP AND COOK TIME: 20 minutes

MAKES: 4 servings

NOTES: Pan-toasting the raisins gives them a unique crusty, sugary texture; if using dried currants, skip step 1. …

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