This green tomatoes recipe is the perfect use for the end of the growing season. Before the first frost, you can pick all those tomato stragglers for a delicious hot dog relish recipe.
Don’t stop with hot dogs, though. It’s also terrific on hamburgers, steak and baked beans. You may find you want it on everything!
What to do with green tomatoes besides frying?
Make this delicious green tomato relish recipe, of course! It’s quick and easy. You’ll use it for everything from hot dogs to hamburgers and even baked beans.
You can add it to tacos or serve it alongside your meal like you would pico de gallo.
What’s the difference between pickle relish and sweet relish?
This recipe is made with vinegar and pickling spices, including dill. It’s a tangy, spicy blend.
Sweet relish, on the other hand usually has some brown sugar, white sugar or other sweetener. You will also find different spices like ginger or cloves instead of dill.
It’s all a matter of choice. I prefer the dill version for hotdogs but I’ve also tried the sweet version with fried fish and it’s delicious as well.
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You will love this tangy and slightly spicy version of green tomato hot dog relish.
I’ve used only two pounds of green tomatoes so you don’t need to make so much that you have hot dog relish running out of your ears.
I like to spice things up so I’ve added some jalapeño pepper and I’ve added some of the little hot fire sticks: chile de arbol.
Check out my Scoville Heat Scale for details on the level of hotness.
If you want to experiment with more heat, always remember that you can add but you can’t subtract. Start off small.
What is Pickling Spice?
For this recipe, I’m using little bits of pickling spices. You can see them here.
You can see things like black peppercorns, mustard, coriander and dill seeds. You can also sometimes find whole allspice and ginger.
I’ve used a pickling spice blend from our pantry, but you can make your own, if you like.
Try this Homemade Pickling Spice from Foodie Crush.
When you’re using big crunchy bits like this, you don’t want to have it directly in your food. You place it in a cheesecloth and tie it up then throw it in the saucepan while cooking.
Once you’ve finished cooking, you take it out and discard it. You get all the lovely flavor without breaking a tooth. Yeah!
Chopping the Vegetables
Use a food processor to chop up the raw vegetables. You don’t want to liquify them. You just want them to be chopped nicely.
A Food Processing Tip
As you can see here, I placed all the vegetables in the food processor at the same time. This didn’t work as well as I wanted. It wasn’t a huge big deal but I had to take some bigger chunks out and chop them by hand.
I’ve since learned that it works a lot better if you process the vegetables separately.
You can process the tomatoes and put them in a bowl. Then, process the onions and put the in the same bowl. Then continue until everything is processed.
You will end up with less work in the end.
Have a look at this Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System at Amazon. It’s the one we use and includes the blender, a food processor bowl and two to-go cups. (This is an affiliate link, by the way. If you click it and buy, I may get a little something something from them at no extra cost to you.)
Removing the Excess Liquid
Here, you can see that I’ve used cheesecloth again. Squeeze out some of the liquid because tomatoes, even green ones, have a lot of juice.
This step isn’t absolutely essential. It saves you time, though.
If you can get some of the liquid out of the tomatoes, you won’t have to cook it for so long because you won’t need to evaporate the liquid in the pan.
Alternatively, you could use a strainer but make sure it’s one with a fine mesh or the vegetables will go down the drain too.
This recipe makes only a pint and your green tomato relish will last about 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator.
If you have a lot more green tomatoes, you can increase the number of pints you make and can them. It’s very easy with the water bath canner.
You can also freeze the relish if a pint is too much. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t stay in the freezer long because you may want to add a little zing to everything once you try it.
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- Food processor
- Medium Saucepan
- 2 pounds Green Tomatoes, fresh, raw
- ½ Onion, large
- ½ Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper
- 5 Garlic Cloves
- 1 tablespoon Pickling Spice
- 4 Chile de Arbol, whole, not chopped
- ¾ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- With food processor, process green tomatoes, onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves. You want to have small pieces, but you don't want to liquify.
- Place processed vegetables in cheesecloth and squeeze excess liquid out but you don't need to go completely crazy with this. A little bit of liquid remaining will be okay.
- Pickling Spice Bag: Prepare a small square of cheesecloth and place pickling spices in the center. Tie the top with a small strip of cheesecloth or baker's twine.
- Place vegetables into medium saucepan with pickling spice bag, chile de arbol, vinegar and salt. Place pan on stovetop on medium heat until just boiling then allow to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Stir occasionally. If it looks like the vegetables are starting to stick to the bottom, add about ¼ to ½ cup water and continue simmering.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before placing in refrigerator. Remove spice bag before storing. You can also remove the whole chiles, if you like. Serve as a condiment with hot dogs or hamburgers. Serve as a side relish for meats and baked beans.
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