Side Dishes

Green Tomato Chowchow

Posted: June 27

Time: 2 hours

Yield: 10 servings

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Green Tomato Chowchow is a pickled relish hailing from the Southern U.S. and served as a delightful treat to be enjoyed all on its own or as a topping for burgers, hotdogs, or biscuits; it's just that deliciously versatile! The green tomatoes, cabbage, and peppers are slow-stewed, tangy, sweet, and infused throughout with zesty pickling spices and spicy jalapeño. Other relishes can only wish for its depth of flavor; no one can resist chowing down on Green Tomato Chowchow!


3 pounds of green tomatoes
2 tablespoons salt
1 medium head cabbage
1 pound onions
1 pound green and sweet red peppers, mixed and seeded
1 jalapeño pepper, optional, seeded and chopped
3 cups cider vinegar, plus more to taste
2 3/4 cups sugar
4 teaspoons mixed pickling spices


Step 1

Chop the tomatoes.

Step 2

Transfer the tomatoes to a strainer and sprinkle with salt.

Step 3

Let the tomatoes stand for 10 minutes.

Step 4

While the tomatoes stand, chop the cabbage, onions, and peppers.

Step 5

Place the cabbage, onions, peppers, drained tomatoes, and jalapeño in a dutch oven.

Step 6

Stir in the vinegar and sugar.

Step 7

Place the pickling spices on a double-thickness of cheesecloth.

Step 8

Gather the corners of the cheesecloth to enclose the spices and tie them together securely with a string. Add the cheesecloth to the dutch oven.

Step 9

Bring the mixture to a boil on the stove-top over medium heat.

Step 10

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour-1 hour 30 minutes.

Step 11

Discard the spice bag.

Step 12

Allow the chowchow to cool to room temperature.

Step 13


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