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Easy Onion-Pepper Relish

Easy onion and pepper relish

Easy onion and pepper relish

Tasty doesn’t have to be difficult. I was attending a friend’s birthday party and wanted to take along something to add the the appetizer table. I looked at what I had and came up with a simple fresh relish. I started with onions and sweet peppers and rounded it out with apple cider vinegar, a little brown sugar, smoked paprika and hot sauce. It went very well with the crackers, cheeses and smoked meats that were being served. Everyone liked it and I promised to post the recipe-so here it is. Happy Birthday, Tom!!!

Tom’s Birthday  Onion-Pepper Relish

oil

1  sweet onion, diced

1 sweet pepper, seeded and diced

2/3 c. apple cider vinegar

1/3 c. brown sugar

2 t. hot sauce

2 t. dried parsley

1/2 t. smoked paprika

salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in skillet and cook onion over medium heat until tender. Add peppers and cook another couple of minutes. Add vinegar, sugar and seasonings and cook over medium heat until most of the liquid has cooked off. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Adjust seasonings, if needed. Serve with bread or crackers, cheeses and smoked meats. Makes about 2 cups.

Roasting Peppers

Roasting Peppers

Roasting Peppers

I love the flavor of roasted peppers. They add a nice smoky flavor to many dishes from salads to soups. I made this one to use in a Greek salad. If you haven’t roasted peppers before I encourage you to try it. Since I have a gas stove I just place the pepper right on a burner and turn the burner on medium. Turn the pepper, using tongs, until the pepper it charred on all sides. I know- it doesn’t look appetizing, but trust me the flavor will be terrific. After the pepper is all blackened take it off the heat and roll in up in paper towels or place in a paper bag to steam. The steam will help to loosen the skin. Once the pepper is cool enough to handle just rub off the charred skin and discard. Seed and chop up the pepper and toss in whatever dish you are making. You can also take the seeded pepper and toss it in a blender with some herbs, salt and a little oil. Puree for a tasty salad dressing.

If you have an electric stove you can roast peppers under the broiler until charred, turning often or you can even roast peppers on the grill.

Cook until completely charred

Cook until completely charred

Wrap charred pepper in paper towels

Wrap charred pepper in paper towels

Once cooled, rub off the charred skin.

Once cooled, rub off the charred skin.

Cleaned and ready to use.

Cleaned and ready to use.