Green Tomato Caddo Lake Relish (from jp)

Green Tomato Caddo Lake Relish (from jp)

Here is a recipe from my Texas Home Cooking cookbook.  I'm sure you can reduce or eliminate the jalapenos and/or substitute another milder pepper.  This cookbook also has a chowchow recipe that includes green tomatoes. It too adds jalapenos.

A less complex variation on chow chow.  In Caddo Lake fishing camps, this is served with fresh-caught fried fish and hush puppies.)

4 pounds (10-12 medium) green tomatoes
1 pound onions
1 cup chopped fresh jalapenos
2 cups cider vinegar, preferably unrefined
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup pickling salt

Coarsely chop the tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos in batches in a food processor, and reserve.

Combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a stockpot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the vegetables and boil the mixture vigorously for 2-3 minutes.

Spoon the relish into prepared pint canning jars, leaving 1/2" of head-space.

Process the jars in a water bath for 10 minutes.  (Or you could keep them refrigerated if you're worried or don't feel like processing.)



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