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Substitution for raisins......

chloebell Apr 30, 2013 12:37 PM

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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    youareabunny Apr 30, 2013 12:42 PM

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

    1. ChefJune Apr 30, 2013 12:42 PM

      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. chowser Apr 30, 2013 12:50 PM

        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. nomadchowwoman Apr 30, 2013 01:12 PM

          Dried cranberries?

          1. Musie Apr 30, 2013 01:45 PM

            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
              chloebell Apr 30, 2013 03:46 PM

              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. Karl S Apr 30, 2013 04:04 PM

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

              1. applgrl May 1, 2013 03:43 AM

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

                1. Sra. Swanky May 1, 2013 05:48 AM

                  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
                    chloebell May 1, 2013 02:22 PM

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

                    1. re: chloebell
                      Musie May 1, 2013 05:27 PM

                      What substitution did you use in the end?

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