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November 29, 2019

APPLE CHUTNEY AND CRANBERRY MINI NAAN PIZZAS


These mini naan pizzas are festive, cute, and perfect for the holidays. Monterey Jack cheese, feta, apple chutney, cranberries, and walnuts work together to provide mouthfuls of flavor. These pizzas are perfect as an appetizer or as a meal.

Apple Chutney and Cranberry Mini Naan Pizzas
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Well hello!! I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! My family did not have to travel or entertain this year. We had a small, stress-free "just us, no company" day. It was wonderful! My mission today is to avoid all the stores as I'm not a fan of the Black Friday madness. 



The last blog post, Cranberry Banana Pancakes with Coconut Syrup, featured cranberries. Once again, the nuggets of wonderfulness make a return this week. I've got to take advantage of cranberry eatin' season while it lasts. I promise to lay off the stuff next time! But how can you not love them? They add interest and a beautiful pop of color to everything.




Apple Chutney and Cranberry Mini Naan Pizzas


The hubs won't touch these naan pizzas. Why? I'll put it in three words: cranberries, chutney, feta. Not surprising from a guy whose favorite pizza is cheese with extra cheese (but never feta). My son,  who is much easier to feed, loves these! I make a version with added chicken for him, which he loves even more. Since this blog tends to be heavy on the meat, I decided going vegetarian for this recipe is a nice change.

These pizzas might be little in size but big on taste and texture. They get saltiness and creaminess from Monterey Jack while the feta interjects tanginess, saltiness, and a crumbly texture. The homemade apple chutney provides a mildly sweet and spiced profile. Dried cranberries impart sweetness and tartness while chopped walnuts add nuttiness and crunch. All of this sits on a foundation of tender and crispy baked naan bread.



Apple Chutney and Cranberry Mini Naan Pizzas

As far as making these pizzas, it doesn't get much easier. Merely layer everything on the naan bread and bake. If you want to make it even easier, skip the homemade chutney and buy jarred. You will be munching away in no time.

Having said that, do try this quick cooking and simple homemade version. It is essentially a spiced chunky applesauce with warm flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. You might want to make extra as it is great on toast, with a cheese board, or all by itself. 

See you next time! ♡




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APPLE CHUTNEY AND CRANBERRY MINI NAAN PIZZAS 

Apple Chutney and Cranberry Mini Naan Pizzas



INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, sliced 1/8-inch thick, chopped to bite size pieces
2/3 cup dried cranberries (sweetened)
1 1/2 cup feta crumbles
2/3 cups chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon finely chopped scallion
12 mini naan rounds (4-inch diameter)

For the Apple Chutney
3 cups apples slices (Peel and core apples. Cut into 8 wedges then slice 1/8-inch thick.)
5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/16 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
5 tablespoons honey



INSTRUCTIONS:


To make the chutney: In a medium saucepan, add water, apple cider, and apple. Sprinkle flour over apple. Add salt and spices. Stir, cover and place on medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in honey. Continue to cook until apples are tender. Total cooking time 7-10 minutes depending on the original firmness of the apple. Remove from heat. Allow to set and cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 400° F. 

Assemble each naan round as follows: spread on a full tablespoon of chutney. Follow with a few pieces of Monterey Jack, some cranberries, feta, walnuts, and a pinch of scallion.

Place rounds on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until the Monterey cheese is melted, about 7-8 minutes.

Makes 12 pizza rounds.





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