Homemade Cherry Chutney Makes These Croissants Extra Special

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Ham, brie, and cherry chutney croissants are an amazing breakfast or snack. They are easy to make and sure to please everyone in your household. Croissants are a delicious way to show your appreciation for your favorite foods. Ham, brie, and cherry chutney make a delicious combination, and croissants are the perfect vehicle to transport this flavor combination to your mouth. These croissants will quickly become a favorite in your home, and you can be sure that everyone will love them!

Homemade Cherry Chutney Makes These Croissants Extra Special

Ham, Brie, and Homemade Cherry Chutney Croissants

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Half a medium-sized red onion, chopped
  • 1½ tsp. Ground cinnamons
  • ¼ tsp. Ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, can be adjusted to preference
  • 1 tsp. peeled and finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. peeled 
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of organically grown fresh orange zest
  • 1 large orange, peeled and cut into bits
  • 12 oz. of chopped, juice-thawed, frozen cherries
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 2 croissants, divided lengthwise
  • 4 pieces of breakfast ham or bacon
  • 3 oz. Brie, cut into thin slices and rind trimmed
  • ¼ cup cherry chutney
  • Optional: Fresh baby arugula

Instructions

    1. On the Instant Pot™, choose "Sauté" and set the temperature to "High."

    2. Fill the pot with the onion and olive oil. For about 3 to 4 minutes, sauté, stirring regularly, until the onion softens and begins to take on some color.

    Fill the pot with the onion and olive oil

    3. Add the freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine, then simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mixture is well-browned and the spices are fragrant.

    Add the freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, and thyme.

    Add the freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, and thyme.

    Add the freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, and thyme.

    Add the freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, and thyme.

    Add the freshly grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, and thyme.

    Stir to combine, then simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mixture is well-browned and the spices are fragrant.

    4. Use the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan, then stir the onion mixture by gently scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

    Use the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan

    5. Fill the Instant Pot™ with the brown sugar, orange zest, orange pieces, and cherries. After combining, turn the device off.

    Fill the Instant Pot™ with the brown sugar, orange zest, orange pieces, and cherries.

    Fill the Instant Pot™ with the brown sugar, orange zest, orange pieces, and cherries.

    Fill the Instant Pot™ with the brown sugar, orange zest, orange pieces, and cherries.

    Fill the Instant Pot™ with the brown sugar, orange zest, orange pieces, and cherries.

    Combine.

    6. Place the lid on top, secure it, and switch the release valve to the "Sealing" position. Adjust the cooking time to 3 minutes and choose the "Manual" function.

    7. In the meantime, center the top oven rack and preheat the oven to 350°F.

    8. Arrange the croissant halves on a baking sheet with a rim that is lined with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat. Add several thin slices of Brie and two slices of Canadian bacon (or breakfast ham) to the bottom half of each croissant, as shown. Place aside.

    Arrange the croissant halves

    Add several thin slices of Brie and two slices of Canadian bacon

    9. Immediately change the pressure release valve to "Venting" when the Instant Pot™ cook cycle has finished. Carefully remove the cover once the steam has completely dissipated and the pin has dropped.

    10. To thicken the chutney, mix the cornstarch and water in a small container.

    To thicken the chutney, mix the cornstarch and water in a small container.

    11. Transfer 2/3 of the chutney mixture to a blender, then pulse several times to combine, but not entirely smooth. Reintroduce the blended chutney to the Instant Pot™ and cook for a few minutes to achieve the desired consistency. Switch the device off.

    12. Arrange two tablespoons of the heated chutney on top of each croissant. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or just long enough for the Brie to melt but not run off the sandwiches.

    Arrange two tablespoons of the heated chutney on top of each croissant.

    Bake for 5-7 minutes, or just long enough for the Brie to melt but not run off the sandwiches.

    Bake for 5-7 minutes, or just long enough for the Brie to melt but not run off the sandwiches.

    13. Take the sandwiches out of the oven, top them with baby arugula, if desired, and serve right away.

    Take the sandwiches out of the oven, top them with baby arugula, if desired

    Homemade Cherry Chutney Makes These Croissants Extra Special

Notes

Important Note: Any leftover chutney should be refrigerated and used within 5-7 days. It cannot be safely kept in a can.

Tip: For this dish, you can use either fresh or frozen cherries, although frozen cherries are considerably simpler because they have already been pitted. For this chutney, the cherries can be either frozen or thawed. The recipes and illustrations on this page call for thawed cherries and their juice.

Thanks to the winning combination of flaky buttery croissants, warm ham, creamy melted Brie, and a spicy-sweet cherry chutney spread, this delightful hot breakfast sandwich certainly hits the mark.

This recipe makes two sandwiches exactly as indicated. To accommodate extra servings, it may easily be scaled. There will likely be leftovers because the Cherry Chutney recipe makes just under 2 cups. Use the leftovers as a sandwich spread, a tasty glaze for chicken or pork, or put over a warm wheel of Brie cheese for a great appetizer. You can keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Chutney should have a slightly chunky texture. However, it is not necessary to cut the cherries and oranges to the precise size that you want. In order to prevent them from fully disintegrating under pressure, it is actually preferable, to begin with somewhat larger bits. After the cooking time is up, pour 2/3 of the chutney into a blender, and pulse several times until mixed but not completely smooth. If required, use the end of the spatula to break up any large lumps that are still there.

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