June 26, 2009

chow on chow-chow

Have you heard of chow-chow? If you're on a pickle kick even remotely as extreme as the one I'm currently experiencing, you need to familiarize yourself with it.


Apparently, chow-chow is a unique type of relish well-suited for topping a bowl of pinto beans, hot dogs, and a variety of other foods. More importantly, it has a great name. If you like pickled shtuff, you should give her a go.


Chow-Chow
2 quarts shredded cabbage, about one medium head
1/2 cup sweet onions, chopped fine
1/2 cup chopped green or red bell peppers
2 tablespoons salt

Combine chopped vegetables and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 4 to 6 hours in the refrigerator. Drain well.
Combine the following ingredients and simmer 10 minutes (using a pot large enough to put the vegetable mix in later):

2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons celery seeds
2 teaspoons mustard seed

Add vegetables to brine mixture and simmer another 10 minutes. Bring to a boil. Then pack, boiling hot, into clean, heated canning jars, leaving only an 1/8-inch headspace. Place canning lids and rings on jars and tighten. Turn the jars upside down so that all the heat is on the seals and let cool completely.

60 comments:

Sophie said...

Looks interesting! Yum!

Robin Sue said...

Yum. I think the chow chow we used to serve at a restaurant I used to work at had corn in it and it did not look a groovy as your does!

finsmom said...

Ive never heard of chow chow before, but it sounds yummy! Just perfect for topping a big summer hotdog!

Chef Fresco said...

Chow'n down on some great looking relish huh Grace. I too would enjoy this if I could ever convince my Fiance to eat a hot dog (not saying that is the only thing you could put it on). Looks perfect!

unconfidentialcook said...

V. interesting! Never heard of it...but if it's anything like its name, I'm sure I'd love it.

Amanda said...

I've never heard of it before--but it sounds yummy! Almost like an americanized, unfermented kimchi.

Deborah said...

I learned of chow chow for the first time while watching Tyler Florence on the Food channel last week. I'll have to give this a try one day!

lisa said...

Delicious! I've never made it, but I should. There's a sub shop here that serves chow chow on sandwiches which is awesome.

Chicken Little said...

I make chow-chow and love it with everything! Yes on pinto beans! Plus anything that you'd use pickle relish for, I use chow-chow. Potato salad, tuna sandwiches, everything is better with chow-chow.

Sharon said...

You're always introducing me to new foods! When I saw your post, I thought you'd be making puppy chow which really has nothing to do with puppies. Strange that there are at least 2 foods with the name "chow." I think i'd like this!

Lynda said...

This is good tastin stuff, Grace! My Grandmother used to make the best chow-chow and I admit to spooning it out of the jar to eat! :)
Yours looks just as great as my grandma's and I'm sure it tastes delish! I hadn't thought of this yummy relish in years- thanks!

Gloria said...

Look so tasty Grace, I like it so! xGloria

foodhoe said...

I love the name, sounds much more interesting than relish or pickle!

Lindsey said...

This is quite the combination...and the only things I like pickled are cucumbers, unfortunately.

Barbara said...

Grace: I adore chow chow- you can put it on everything. I had an aunt that made it- I don't have her recipe so if I ever get as ambitious as you, I will use yours!

sliceofsueshe said...

i've never had chow chow, i've seen it, but never ate it. it looks similar to the pickled tomatoes & onions i love though. i wonder if that even has a name, or if it's just like a tomato and onion relish? it's so good i could eat a whole freaking jar of it.

Jessica@foodmayhem said...

I love pickled stuff! Looks like something I could throw on top of anything.

Leslie said...

never heard of chow chow...but it sounds delish

Cate O'Malley said...

Never made it before, but do love the stuff. How long do you think it will keep in the fridge?

Holly said...

If you are ever in Alabama, you must try the chow-chow at Full Moon BBQ. It is amazing!

Lori said...

I love chow chow and all kinds of relishes. Including my latest CRAZED addiction to this Hungarian Relish. I NEED the recipe.

biz319 said...

I've never heard of that before, but I would leave out the onions!

Michele said...

I've always wanted to make chow-chow. Looks fantastic!

bigsis said...

Hey Grace, thanks for reminding me of a great sentimental memory...my grandmother's chow chow! I've never made it, but I recall hers being incredible. I wish I had her recipe!

CookiePie said...

I haven't heard of chow-chow before, but I LOVE pickles and have been wanting to experiment with making them. I love this idea!

sweetflutterbys3 said...

I love chow chow but I've never made it. I'll have to try your recipe!

Half Baked said...

My grandmother used to make chow-chow. I haven't thought about it in years. Thanks for the grandma memory:)

Pam said...

I have this on my list! I'm pickling everything this summer!

Heather said...

i've never heard of chow chow - but i love anything pickled - so i'm pretty sure i would enjoy this. i'll give it a try!!

Donna-FFW said...

Ive never heard of this nor tried it before. But I just know Id enjoy it. Looks absolutely delicious!

Julie said...

I remember my mom making this when I was a kid. Oddly enough I liked it with black eyed peas! Yours looks great.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've never heard of this before but it sounds like powerful stuff and yes looks perfect for a hot dog (or two or three)! :P

Penny said...

There is a stand right down the road that sells chow chow. I need to get down there! Sometimes we take what is close to us for granted.

Fresh Mommy said...

I think I would try it just because of the name!! :)

~Tabitha

kat said...

Next time I get cabbage in my CSA box we'll have to try this, sounds like it would be great on sausage

Paula said...

Mmm, mmm, good! Can you believe I've never pickled or canned anything! I'm too wimpy; always worried that I'd send us all to the ER with a rampant case of botulism. This doesn't seem too hard, though, and I LURVE pickled anything. Plus, I simply must have something with such a great name! :-)

Abby said...

You're speaking my language! My Great Aunt Maggie makes it every summer. I love how colorful it is.

Laura said...

My latest obsession is pickled sugar snap peas--have you tried those? This looks great.

I am catching up with Fringe--did you watch it? I am so loving Joshua Jackson, whom I think you said you love too. :)

Emily said...

Mmm, I love anything pickled, so I know I would like chow chow. And it has a fun name!

Sophie said...

Oooh yum! I can see how this could be a tasty hot dog topping. Unfortunately, the only chow chow I've heard of is the fluffy bear-like dog that chased me down the street in middle school :P; thankfully I have this to give me a new positive association with the word :)!

Zoe said...

I love this type of relish. And the name is fun to say! Chow-chow!

A. said...

Chow Chow is great! I'm actually going to make make a batch this week. It's the very best on pinto beans. I made Bread n' Butter pickles yesterday.

A. said...

Oh yeah, my recipe calls for Tumeric instead of Ginger.

dessertobsessed said...

i didnt know this was called chowchow! i just called it the colorful condiment... hahhaha how ignorant

eatme_delicious said...

Hm I don't know if I've heard of chow-chow. Sounds somewhat familiar. I do enjoy a variety of pickled vegetables though so it sounds and looks good!

Jacque said...

Hmmm, now I'm wondering where chow-chow comes from... who's the first person to ever make it AND call it chow-chow (so many questions, so few answers).

It looks darned good though. I'll bet it would be yummy on a whole slew of foods that need a little pick me up.

♥Rosie♥ said...

I've never heard of Chow Chow but I adore pickles and this looks fantastic Grace.

Baking Monster said...

Looks very good, I should be adventures and try it. :)

Aleta said...

Honestly? I'm not into relish... don't think I'll give this a try. But that said, it really is pretty and colorful!

The Blonde Duck said...

I am intrigued!

Jaime said...

how interesting, i've never heard of chow-chow! i love all things pickled though

Shelly said...

I looooove chow-chow! I like to eat it on hot dogs & sausages. Yours looks so refreshing and delicious, Grace!

Juliana said...

Chow-chow? Never heard of it...sounds interesting...looks tasty pickled.

Stacey said...

I love it... chow-chow! The name is super fun! I have never heard of it but now that I have I will definitely try it out.

I bet it would be good as a relish in chicken salad.

Maria said...

Chow-Chow! I could chow on this:)

giz said...

I've always thought of chow chow as being a sweet thing. I love these additions that add that zing to a dish.

Steph said...

My parents used to serve it all the time when I was a kid. We'd mostly eat it with any kind of roasted meat.

Julie said...

Man, I have to explain what this is all the time. I get my parents to send it up from the South. They make theirs homemade, with green tomatoes and a little Splenda. It's the best on butter beans!

James Pettit said...

Ain't nuthin better'n a mess of purple hull peas and chow chow, lawdy mercy

Anonymous said...

My Aunt used yo make Chow Chow & I loved it. She used to make it for me and tamale pie every time I went to see her or she'd me some chow chow if my Sweet Loving Momma would go down there. Oh how I miss them both! I also muss the chow chow & tamale pie. All my Aunts & my beautiful Momma did a lot of canning. Another Aunt made great pomegranate jam with no seeds...loved it all.