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Substitution for raisins......

There is a recipe in the April/May issue of Fine Cooking by Matt & Ted Lee called, "Country Ham Relish". It looks very interesting, but calls for raisins. I'm not a fan of raisins in food, so is there something I could substitute it with?

The recipe calls for:
8 oz. country ham
1/2 c. golden raisins
4 oz. cream cheese
3 T. mayo or sour cream
3 T. sweet pickle relish

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  1. Sweetness and texture... Currants? Other dried fruit, chopped in similar size? Apple pieces maybe.

    1. Are you averse to all small, dried fruit? I also don't care for raisins, and often sub dried apricots cut to raisin size, or dried tart cherries.

      1. I was going to recommend other dried fruit but other than that, you could use less, or no, pickle relish and add chopped sweet pickles for sweetness and crunch. Or maybe some chopped sweet onions, apples (I think granny smith would work).

          1. I'm on the other dried fruits train, maybe dates would be good here. You could always use diced apples, saute them with a little pinch of sugar if you used a tart variety.

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            1. re: Musie

              These are fabulous ideas. I'm a big fan of most fruits; dried and/or fresh. But raisins are just not my favorite at all. I love all of these.

              I guess most of all, I need something sweet in there to go w/ the salty ham......

            2. Dried tart cherries (minced in this case) complement smoked meats well. Apricots would be closer to the neutrality of sultanas.

              1. Big fan of the dried mangoes that Costco sells---good price, great quality! Easy to snip with scissors to cut into little pieces.

                1. Sunsweet makes tiny prune bits called "Amazins" - not as sweet as raisins and a bit healthier. I use them as a substitute all the time.

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                  1. re: Sra. Swanky

                    Thanks for all of your suggestions......very much appreciated.

                    1. re: chloebell

                      What substitution did you use in the end?