May 29, 2011

Mammaw's Chow Chow

A couple of nights ago my friend Laura gave me a jar of homemade hot Salsa to take home to my husband who LOVES hot peppers. Needless to say the jar and it's very hot contents are almost halfway gone and it's only been in the fridge for 4 days! I seriously think my husband has a stomach of steel because there is no way any human being should be able to eat as much hot sauce as he does. It's insane.

Long story short her and I were discussing hot peppers tonight and my Mammaw's recipe for hot "Chow-Chow" came up. Some of you that aren't from the South may call it pepper relish or you may have never even tasted the stuff but it's awesomely good! So here is the's time consuming but well worth the time and effort!

Mammaws Hot Chow-Chow

4 cups of ground green tomatoes (approx 15)
6 cups of ground green peppers (approx 12)
6 cups of ground red peppers (approx 12)
8 cups of ground cabbage (1 large head)
4 cups of ground onions
4 hot peppers (you can choose the type of pepper you wish to use - jalapeno is good)
1/2 - 1 cup of salt (depending on your taste buds)

Mix and let stand overnight. Next day, drain.

Mix the following together with the above once the mixed vegetables sit overnight:

6 cups of sugar
1 - 1.5 tsp of turmeric
4 cups of vinegar
2 cups of water

Bring all contents to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Pour contents into Mason jars and seal. Let sit in a cool dark place (cabinet or pantry) for several days before eating. Refrigerate after opening the jar.

Enjoy! It's great served with almost every meal. Put a small amount on your plate at dinner time for a little spiciness!

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