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British Bites: Cheddar and Chutney Sandwiches

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

A simple mango chutney and some tart aged cheddar might seem like an unlikely combination, but the sweet acidity of the chutney and the saltiness of the cheddar come together to make a sandwich that satisfies both sweet and salty urges in each bite. This sandwich goes very well with both a strong cup of tea and a nice glass of ale, and can be either a snack or a light lunch with a few lightly dressed greens on the side.

This version of a cheddar and chutney sandwich, with only three components, is simple and delicious. But there are lots of ingredients you can add to give it even more dimension. Some of my favorites are chopped cilantro or scallions, sliced apples, or if you happen to have it, some leftover roast pork or lamb.

Mango chutney keeps well in the fridge, and even gets better after a few days. Some people like to add nuts to their chutney; if you are that kind of person, I'd recommend a few toasted pine nuts, or chopped macadamia nuts.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass.  Find more information at sydneyoland.com (or read eatingnosetotail.com)

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