Saturday, November 14, 2009
Mr. Dave's Spicy Mustard Pickle Relish
If you remember, a few weeks ago I whipped up some Sriracha Pickles. By the way, these turned out awesome. The cucumbers absorbed a lot of the spiciness of the Sriracha in just the way I had hoped they would.
I made a butt load of these pickles, probably more then I will realistically use in about a year, so I was looking for a way to make use of a jar. I am no fan of your standard, neon green, pickle relish that you see a lot of. I do like some of the fancier versions of mustard relish that I have had in the past. I decided to muddle around and try to come up with my own recipe.
I started by finely chopping an entire quart jar of the Sriracha pickles and throwing them in a pot. For some extra spice and flavor I added about a 1/2 cup of my home pickled Anaheim chiles, also finely chopped.
To the veg I added about a tablespoon of dried mustard, maybe a third of a cup of sugar, a little salt, about a cup of water, a 1/4 cup or so of flour, a splash of additional vinegar, and enough turmeric to give it the garish yellow color that I am looking for. I brought it all to a simmer until nice and thick.
Upon tasting, it did not have the mustard punch I wanted, so I squirted in about a quarter cup of good ol' French's Yellow. The resulting relish was exactly what I had imagined. An aggressively spicy, tart/bitter/sweet amalgam redolent of both pickles and mustard. Perfect for many applications, be it with some good and sharp cheddar, or on top of a tube steak. I had some little jars which were perfect for portioning into manageable quantities.
I spooned in the relish and processed as per usual in boiling water.
Very satisfied with this recipe, can't wait until the next time I get a hot dog jones so I can test drive the stuff.