I often store certain tastes, flavors and recipes I encounter while traveling in the back of your mind. This sweet pickle relish is one of them for instance!!
I first tasted this goodie in Florida, in the Keys somewhere – a long stretch of islands so don’t ask me which one it was. And I fell in love with it right away. I just didn’t realise what an addictive treat relish is!
We were visiting the Everglades, and ordered a portion of fried alligator nuggets with relish for lunch. Once I left the US I even brought back a jar of this fabulous relish home. I think I bought it at a Winn-Dixie supermarket.
Not surprisingly we emptied that jar of pleasure in just a couple of days because I was not capable to leave the sweet pickle relish unopened in my pantry for much longer than a week. And I’ve kept that sweet and sour cinnamon flavor tucked away in my brain since then.
5-Minute Sweet Pickle Relish Recipe
I’ve always tried to find this sweet and sour relish whenever I would walk by a more international supermarket, even while we travel. But I never really found a similar sweet pickle relish again. Up until the moment I had to clean out my fridge because we were going away on holiday and I still had half a jar of sweet and sour pickled gherkins left.
And suddenly I thought of that relish. Could I prepare this sweet pickle relish recipe at home by myself? Could I really just make the homemade relish I had been craving for years? It sounded so easy.
So then I thought, why not give it a try and see how far we get. I blended the gherkins finely, added the most important flavor, cinnamon. I also added the pickled mustard seeds that sit at the bottom of the jar (great idea). A dollop of mustard, a sprinkle onion powder and caster sugar followed. Until I reached the flavor that I was looking for.
I let this mixture rest for about half an hour, tried a little teaspoon to see how I was doing. Bang on. There it was. I just created my very own sweet pickle relish recipe from scratch! Right there and then I realised that my this heavenly relish that I had missed for so long… It was just there in my fridge all those years. I was flabbergasted. And the hubs was also over the moon once he tasted it.
Do you love pickled food?
Then also check out my post about how to pickle cabbage and other vegetables for later! Lovely topping for tacos or hotdogs! And you don’t have to throw away food, that’s what I love the most about pickle recipes…
My homemade sweet pickle relish recipe: ready in 5 minutes!! A great topping for hot dogs, tacos or hamburgers!
- 4 large pickled gherkins (sweet and sour)
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds (pickled)
- ⅔ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp strong mustard
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- ⅔ tsp onion powder
1) Add the sweet and sour pickled gherkins to a blender.
2) Blend for just a few seconds until you get a rough crumble. Then add the caster sugar and ground cinnamon.
3) Pulse again for another 2 to 3 seconds until you end up with a lightly coarse gherkin mixture. Remove the blade of your blender if you can or pour the blended gherkins in a mixing bowl. Then add the pickled mustard seeds, mustard, vinegar and onion powder. Season with a little pepper to taste.
4) Stir the sweet pickle relish well. Cover and let the relish marinate at room temperature for an hour. Then check the seasoning again and add extra cinnamon, sugar, onion powder or pepper if necessary. Once it’s seasoned enough, then pour the sweet pickle relish in a clean jar. You can store the sweet pickle relish in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.