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Bloody Mary Chutney

We were given a pot of Bloody Mary Chutney as part of a Christmas Hamper some years ago. We loved it!  Due to being unable to find it at the shops, Ivan’s jam making skills to the rescue. ( We also had a glut of tomatoes in the garden at the time) It is  great chutney that you can share with friends and makes great gifts.  It’s a great relish, which, like its namesake, is a real pick-me-up, with a tasty zing and moreish piquancy all of its own.

Bloody Mary Chutney

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By Marc Spendlove-Kruger Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 90 minutes

This is a great recipe for when your home grown tomatoes all ripen at the same time and it keeps for months


  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 4 small onions, finely chopped
  • A couple of red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1kg of tomatoes, very ripe if possible, chopped
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 300g Demerara sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4tbsp vodka (optional)



If you can’t be bothered to finely chop the vegetables, you can use a food processor.


Put all the ingredients, except the vodka, in a large pan or preserving pan.


On a gentle heat, stir to dissolve the sugar then bring the mixture to a simmer.


Cook for an hour – 1½ hours, stirring occasionally, until a spoon dragged through the mix leaves a trail without liquid filling in the gap.


Remove the bay leaf.


Mix in the vodka if using, and spoon into sterilised jars.

Preserves gets a fabulous spicing up with this Bloody Mary Chutney. Bursting with flavour, your burgers, fries and hot dogs will get the royal treatment with this sauce fit for a queen or king! And for American readers enjoying a 4th of July BBQ this is perfect (the extra vodka doesn’t hurt too right?).

If you love tomatoes try these dishes too :

Tomato Seafood Risotto | Sublime, Easy and Tasty |

Basic Tomato Sauce | Tempting to put on everything |

Sicilian Egg Strips in Tomato Sauce | Breakfast Joy |

This is a  perfect match for cheese and cold meats, and delicious in turkey sandwiches at Christmas. It tastes good on everything. I like it on grillen salmon. It also works well when you add a few teaspoons to a pasta sauce. Bloody Mary Chutney served with a cheese board is great and of course with cold meats.  A hearty bloody Mary chutney makes Chirstmas Ham sing!

This spicy relish can be used as a sandwich spread, or dipping sauce so its very versitile.

Finally, by making this at home you can guarentee that your chutney has no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, and is free from nuts and gluten and suitable for vegetarians.


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