Sweet Red Pepper and Watermelon Rind Relish Recipe

| 9/21/2015 9:49:00 AM

Tags: recipes, condiments, peppers, watermelon, melons, Texas, Wendy Akin,


Back in the 1950s, there was a restaurant in Stamford, Conn., named The Hamburger Den that was a local favorite, not just for pretty good burgers, but for pots of delicious relish on each table. I tried back then as a teen to duplicate the relish but just couldn’t get it.

Later, in the 90s, I decided I had to make that relish I so loved and finally came up with what I remembered. Every time I entered this relish in the State Fair of Texas, it won a Blue Ribbon! Here’s the recipe:

Sweet Red Pepper and Watermelon Rind Relish Recipe


• 2 pints watermelon pickle  (see my recipe in previous post) 
• 1 quart apple cider vinegar*
• 4 cups white cane sugar
• 1 cup cinnamon Red Hots candy
• 16 cardamom pods
• 8 tbsp whole cloves
• 1 tbsp pickling salt
• dash or two Tabasco sauce, optional
• 2 large red onions, chopped in 1/4 inch pieces
• 6 large red bell peppers, diced about a scant ½ inch

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