This is perfectly wonderful with duck or other poultry. You might also swirl it into a curried soup for an intriguing bit of additional flavor and body. You could also serve it with soft, ripe cheese, like Brie.
1 small white onion
2 garlic cloves
6 firm pears, preferably Bosc
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden raisins
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon dried hot pepper flakes
1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long
½ cup of orange juice
½ cup coarsely chopped, toasted, and skinned hazelnuts or unsalted roasted cashews
¼ cup chopped mint leaves
Peel, trim and chop the onion fine. Peel, trim and mince the garlic. Thinly slice the lime. Peel, core, and cut the pears into 1-inch chunks.
In a large saucepan, saute the onion in the olive oil over medium heat, stirring until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until lightly colored, but do not let it brown. Add the brown sugar and vinegar, stir to combine and to dissolve the sugar, and bring the mixture to a boil.
Add the pears, lime, raisins, fresh ginger, cloves, pepper flakes, cinnamon stick, and orange juice and stir to combine. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring now and then for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the chutney cool to room temperature. Stir in the nuts and chopped mint. The chutney is kept covered, in the refrigerator for 1 month.