Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grandma's Zucchini Pepper Relish Recipe

My grandmother was a great cook and made some of the best homemade food that I have ever tasted. She immigrated to the United States back in the 1940's from Italy and even though she cooked a lot of Italian food, she also cooked various dishes from other cuisines too. A few years before she passed...she started making this Zucchini Pepper Relish as a way to use up the massive amounts of zucchinis & peppers she harvested from her backyard garden.

This relish does take some time to prepare but it is absolutely delicious and well-worth your efforts. My hubby loves using this relish on hot dogs, fish and sometimes on his massive sized burgers. Enjoy the recipe!

Zucchini Pepper Relish Recipe

4 1/2 cups freshly shredded zucchini
3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground yellow mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 chili pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

In a large mixing bowl combine together the shredded zucchini, chopped onion and salt. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours. Remove from refrigerator and drain away any liquid that accumulated while it was in the refrigerator (a strainer works well for this).

In a large stock pot over medium heat combine together the cornstarch, ground yellow mustard, turmeric, ground black pepper, ground white pepper and white vinegar. Slowly add in the zucchini mixture, alternating with all of the freshly chopped peppers. Once combined simmer mixture over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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