Sweet Red Pepper Relish
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Homemade Sweet Red Pepper Relish -- A sweetened red pepper, onion and tomato jam-like relish. Perfect sweet condiment to top burgers, bagels or crackers with cream cheese, in white beans (my favorite!), etc. Deliciously simple. Easy to can and keep year-round. From SouthernFATTY.com
Serves: (4-6) 8oz Jars
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups red pepper, diced & seeded
  • 3 cups tomatoes, diced & seeded
  • 1 cup yellow or white onion, diced
  • 1 cup shallots, diced
  • 3 jalapeños, diced & seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon cayenne, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • pinch red pepper flakes (more by preference for heat)
  • 2 tablespoons pectin (somewhat optional, but needed for canning)
  1. Start with preparing all of your ingredients.
  2. Peel, dice, seed the tomatoes. Let the diced tomatoes drain in colander for several minutes. You don't want much water in this or it will increase your simmering time and not thicken well.
  3. Dice and seed the peppers and jalapeños. Chop up onions and shallots.
  4. In a large pot (nothing beats a good Dutch oven for this!), heat olive oil over medium to medium-high heat.
  5. Throw in all of the aromatic vegetables (peppers, onions, jalapeños) and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  7. Add in drained tomatoes.
  8. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil for a couple minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  10. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened. This took about 2 hours for me, but will vary depending on the water content.
  11. If canning, aim for a temp of 220 F. You can test to see if it will thicken when cooled and canned by placing a plate in the freezer for a few minutes, dropping a teaspoon of the jam on the cold plate and tilting to see final viscosity.
  12. When ready to stop cooking, add pectin, return to a boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  13. Can as usual for long-term storage of gifts. Alternatively, store in refrigerator opened.
  14. Enjoy on toast, burgers, bagels or crackers with cream cheese, in white beans (my favorite!), etc.
  15. Enjoy! -- More on SouthernFATTY.com
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Recipe by Southern FATTY at https://www.southernfatty.com/sweet-red-pepper-relish/