Friday, May 6, 2016

Grilled Hot Dogs with Pineapple Relish


This spicy, sweet and tangy tropical pineapple relish will be a wonderful change from all those boring store bought sweet pickle relishes that we typically put on  top of our hot dogs. Grilling season is just about to start so forget about stocking up on pickle relishes and run out and get some fresh pineapples instead.  

My son decided to be picky and said he didn't want to try it.  So, I just said take one bite and if you don't like it I won't make you eat anymore.  He reluctantly took the bite and I could see his face wanting to immediately say he didn't like it... suddenly his eyes got big and he gave me a big thumbs up.  He loved it and ended up eating the entire hot dog... good thing I had another hot dog ready for myself.  

I love the versatility of this relish because you can pair it with any grilled meat, seafood or even with rice and curry as a tasty condiment. It's a fresh and fun way to kick off grilling season so make some homemade pineapple pickle relish today.

Pineapple Relish
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer
Half a fresh ripe pineapple cored and diced small
2-3 Tbs red onion diced finely
1-2 green chilies (serrano or jalapeno) diced finely
1 tsp fresh ginger grated
1 tsp fresh garlic grated
1 Tbs vinegar (I used Chinese Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tbs sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp red chili powder or cayenne powder (or to taste)
salt to taste


 Prepare all ingredients and put into a pan on medium heat.  Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until pineapple is cooked.  Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and sugar as needed.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.  Keep refrigerated for one week.  Use on top of hot dogs, sausages, burgers, chicken, fish etc... Enjoy.

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