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 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. So I blended the gherkins up finely, added that important flavor, cinnamon. I also added the pickled mustard seeds that were still in the jar (great idea), mustard, onion powder and caster sugar until I reached the flavor that I was looking for. I let it rest for half an hour, tried a little teaspoon of the fresh mixture. Bang on. There it was. The ultimate sweet pickle relish recipe that I needed! Then I realised that my beloved relish had been lurking in my fridge for all those years. I was flabbergasted. And the hubs was also over the moon.
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.