Chorizo Jam

This chutney is sweet, smoky and tangy. It’s the perfect accompaniment to cheese. I have been experimenting in the kitchen trying to create a delicious chutney without adding loads of sugar. By using California Prunes I have been able to achieve the same texture as a nice slow cooked chutney and the prunes have given the sweetness that I have then balanced out with the vinegar.

Makes: 10Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 medium onions
  • 125g California Prunes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 125g chorizo
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds


  1. Finely dice the onions and place into a medium sized saucepan
  2. Add a sprinkle of salt and a splash of olive oil.
  3. Cook the onions for 5-10 minutes to soften, adding the smoked paprika after the onions have cooked for a few minutes.
  4. Meanwhile dice the chorizo as finely as possible, then add to the onions.
  5. Add the chopped California Prunes and vinegar and simmer for 20 minutes (if the chutney reduces a little too quickly, just add a little water to loosen and allow more cooking time as the water evaporates). The mixture should reduce in volume to intensify the flavour.
  6. To test if it is ready, simply taste: it should be smoky, sweet and tangy.
  7. Finish by stirring in black onion seeds into the chutney, then place in a clean jam jar. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.