|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 11mg||57%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This traditional hot dog relish is just what the chef ordered for your cookout. But you don't have to stop there—it's also great in deviled eggs, potato salad, or pasta salad. Making your own relish is a great way to use cucumbers, onions, and peppers from your garden during peak season.
If you want to be totally traditional, use white distilled vinegar; otherwise, you can use the rounder flavors of apple cider or white wine vinegar.
“With very little effort it’s possible to produce this delicious classic sweet hot dog relish. This is a quick and easy recipe to use when wondering what to do with all those extra cucumbers from the garden. If you use the traditional canning method, the relish would even make a beautiful handmade gift.” —Joan Velush
4 to 5 medium cucumbers, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, or white wine vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash freshly ground black pepper
Gather the ingredients.
In a large, nonreactive bowl, combine cucumbers, onion, bell pepper, and salt. Mix well. If this seems like a lot of salt, don't worry: Most of it is rinsed off later. The salt is there to draw water out of the vegetables, a step that results in better texture and flavor in the finished relish.
Cover the bowl of vegetables and leave in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Transfer vegetables to a fine mesh sieve or strainer and let drain for a couple of minutes. Rinse well with cool water and drain again. Get out even more of the liquid by squeezing hard with clean hands or by pressing vegetables against sieve with the back of a wooden spoon.
Whisk cornstarch into cool or room temperature vinegar in a medium saucepan. Stir in sugar, celery seed, mustard seeds, mustard, turmeric, nutmeg, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often to help dissolve sugar and prevent lumps.
Once syrup is boiling and becoming translucent, add vegetables. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Scoop hot dog relish into clean, hot canning jars leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Screw on the lids. If canning, process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Serve as desired.
How to Store
- Once the jars are processed and sealed, sweet relish will keep at room temperature for up to one year. It is still safe to eat after that, but the quality will decline.
- Once opened, store the jars in the refrigerator.
- Alternatively, skip canning the jars in the boiling water bath and instead put them in the refrigerator. The relish will keep in the fridge for up to three months.
What is the difference between sweet relish and dill relish?
Dill pickle relish is typically flavored with dill seeds and sometimes fresh or dried dillweed and contains little to no sugar. Sweet pickle relish has sugar added for a sweeter taste and often does not contain dill but may contain a mix of other spices.