A couple of weeks ago during a brutal heat wave I wanted something other than a sandwich or salad for dinner. I felt like having a hot dog, something I have not had in a long, long time. If I was going to indulge in a hot dog then there had better be a healthy component to it. I decided to make my own condiments: Michael Smith’s Homemade Ketchup and Bobby Flay’s Homemade Pickle Relish.
I used white wine vinegar instead of cider vinegar but did add mustard and coriander seeds and boiled until reduced by half.
In a bowl I finely diced the pickles, 1/4 of a Vidalia onion and added 2 tbsp of sugar. I added the liquid to the pickle mixture and stirred together. I seasoned everything and then chilled in the fridge.
I omitted the red and yellow peppers from the recipe because I wanted a real old fashion relish. It ended up being a little wet but using a fork or a slotted spoon will avoid that issue.
Next is the ketchup ! This is a very simple and easy recipe, it just takes some time. You add tomatoes (I used crushed), tomato paste, a chopped onion, red wine vinegar, sugar, olive oil, nutmeg (I just used a little), ground allspice, bay leaves and salt and pepper. You bring it to a simmer over medium heat for about 45 minutes. It will reduce by half:
I them removed the bay leaves and because I used crushed tomatoes I did not have to blend until smooth.
I made a chicken hot dog and had it on a President’s Choice Whole Grain Long White Bun so I would not feel super guilty about kind of eating junk food. I slathered the hot dog with all the condiments and ate it with a side of my pickled cauliflower and beets.
The results? The relish is perfect. A fantastic way to honour my mom’s pickles. Loved it! I was most worried about the ketchup. I am a stickler for classic flavours and really wanted this to taste like what I think of as ketchup… and it does! I was shocked and amazed. Seriously, this was the best hot dog I have ever made. Which is a good thing because that recipe for ketchup makes a ton! I had to divide it up and put it in my freezer.
I give both of these recipes five out of five wooden spoons.