If you’re like me then you consider relish a necessary accessory for enjoying any hot dog as well as many American style sausages (though never a German Wurst…Nein!!). I mean what would a Chicago Dog be without that infamous “nuclear green relish?” Nothing, nada, zip. Relish on a dog is part of the quintessential All-American trifecta: Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish.
And even though I usually keep a jar of store bought relish in the house, sometimes I grow rather tired of the traditional sweet concoction that we Americans know all to well. When this happens I like to mix it up with the following recipe for a lighter, fresher, and spicier homemade relish.
Using Claussen pickles (you know the ones in the refrigerated section of the store) helps to create a fresher light feel and crunch to the relish, while sweetened apple cider vinegar produces an ideal balance of sweet and dill pickle flavors. Red onion and jalapeno round out the relish to provide some additional flavor/crunch and just the right amount of spice to keep you interested.
Simple to prepare the relish is a great accessory for any dog or sausage prepared at home or while out camping.
- 2 cups of dill pickles (Ideally Claussens, finely chopped)
- 1/4 lrg red onion (finely chopped)
- 1 jalapeno (seeds removed and finely chopped)
- 1 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Combine the cider vinegar and sugar into a small pot over medium heat. Stir and reduce to half in size. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Toss the pickles, red onion, and jalapeno into a bowl, mix em up, and then pour the cider vinegar/sugar mixture into the bowl.
- Give the ingredients a quick stir and then place in the refrigerator for at least one hour for the flavors to merge.
- Serve as a supreme accessory to any hot dog or American sausage.
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