No. 35: Tricolor Pepper Relish

Thursday. What a doozy.

We found out our first house offer wasn't accepted (expected). I had a full day of training in the City (4:30am wake up time). We met up after work at a sweet little house for a showing with our realtor (we'll be putting an offer in next week). Then we came home.

I'm sure you can all relate. I feel like everyone is a bit crazed this time of year.

Thank goodness I had defrosted some handy sweet Italian sausages the night before. Who knows why I pulled them out, there was no real plan ... but that is what we had ready to go.

Oh, and we had all kinds of buns leftover from our barbecue. So all we needed was a veggie topping to jazz them up.


I had picked up a copy of Epicurious: Crowd Pleasers at the grocery store (couldn't resist), and quickly found this little diddy. It was the perfect fast cooking relish for topping some sausage dogs.


3 large bell peppers (1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow), cored, seeded*
3/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds

*I just used yellow pepper since I had it on hand, I also added some onion

To make

Dice peppers into 1/4 inch chunks (I did thin slices for a more robust side). Transfer to a medium heatproof bowl. Pour 4 cups boiling water over them and let steep for 5 minutes. Drain.

While they steep, stir remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the peppers and simmer until almost dry, about 13 minutes.


Transfer to a container, cover and let cool slightly. If storing, be sure to chill. Serve within 2 weeks.

The results

Mr. McCormick hit the grill pan and I tackled the relish. This was a healthy way to jazz up our sweet sausages.

I chose to serve mine bun free, topped with loads of yellow pepper and onion.


See all those yummy celery seeds? Mmm.

And did I mention I added onion? It seemed easy to pickle in the relish, and it was a nice mild flavor added to the peppers.

With no planning, we had a well-fed Thursday night on our hands. It felt good. Like a real accomplishment for the day.

And I have to say, things were looking up after we had filled our bellies and watched a little Modern Family. All smiles heading into the weekend.

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

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