Chow-Chow Relish

Southern chow-chow is a tangy and slightly spicy relish that originated in the southern United States. Made with a medley of finely chopped or grated vegetables including green tomatoes, bell peppers (red and green), onions, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers and optional jalapeƱo peppers for a hint of heat, it is simmered with vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, turmeric and salt until the flavors meld together and the vegetables become tender.

This versatile condiment is perfect as a pickled topping for hot dogs, hamburgers or sandwiches, adding a tasty tang and texture. It can also be enjoyed as a relish for barbecue, a side dish with seafood, a flavorful addition to salads or a dip for crackers or chips.

Rooted in the Southern tradition of vegetable preservation, chow-chow was created to make use of excess or leftover vegetables and to infuse meals with flavor during the colder months.