So our first attempt at growing tomatoes from seed went way better than anticipated. Throughout July and August we had a bounty of beautiful cherry tomatoes. Of course, there’s only so much tomato salad you can eat before your mouth breaks out in cankers. So we had to get creative. After making every tomato sauce possible for fish, chicken and pasta, we decided to try making a topping for our homemade burgers. This tomato relish was a huge hit at our last BBQ!
What you’ll need:
- 1 pound cherry tomatoes, peeled
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp chipotle powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Salt to taste
- Heat oil in frying pan over low heat.
- Add the onions and cook until very soft. Stir occasionally and make sure they don’t burn. Add a little water to prevent them from drying out if necessary.
- Add the maple syrup, vinegar, chipotle powder, and pepper, and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until sticky and caramelized.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes, until the mixture is fairly thick.
- Allow to cool and serve as a burger topping or side to meat or fish. This is also great mixed with cold pasta or as an addition to salad dressings.
- It can be covered and kept in the fridge for a few days.
If you don’t have time to peel all of those cherry tomatoes (we’re definitely growing big ones next year!), simply replace with whatever tomatoes you have on hand. Whichever variety you use you’ll be getting an awesome dose of vitamin C, potassium, folate,and vitamin K. Combine these with the additional vitamin C, polyphenols and flavinoids in the onions and this relish packs quite the nutritional punch.
Chipotle is my absolute favorite spice right now, but its heat and smoky flavor aren’t for everyone. You can omit or replace with chili powder or curry powder depending on your taste. You can also skip on the maple syrup if you want to make this recipe a little healthier. Although, maple syrup is a slightly better option than refined sugar, as it does contain a few nutrients like calcium, vitamin B and zinc.
I hope you enjoy this tomato relish recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments section below! And don’t forget to share!