Pearl Onion, Cherry & Pear Chutney Recipe

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When I first saw this chutney's interesting combination of pearl onions and dried cherries, I knew I had to give the recipe a try. It tastes even better than I imagined!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 pound pearl onions
  • 2-1/2 cups dried cherries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 medium pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 105 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, bring 6 cups water to a boil. Add pearl onions; boil for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; peel, cut in half and place in a large saucepan. Stir in the cherries, water, sugar, vinegar, salt and cloves.
  2. Toss pears with lemon juice; stir 2 cups into saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until desired consistency is achieved. Stir in remaining pears; heat through. Yield: 6 cups.
Originally published as Pearl Onion, Cherry & Pear Chutney in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p114

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