English Pickle Relish
English pickle relish is a very flavorful mix of vegetables, sweet apples, dates, raisins and lots of flavorings. This is a very simple recipe, but the results are a rich, sweet and delicious condiment.
This recipe for English pickle relish is based on the most popular brand of pickle relish in England, Branston pickle. There are many recipes that use different vegetables like cauliflower and zucchini, but my favorite combination is carrots, rutabaga, apples, dates, raisins and onions. The vegetables are cooked in malt vinegar, sugar and spices until they are tender and a thick sauce develops.
This recipe is part 1 of a 3 recipe collection that are all components in a Ploughman’s lunch. A Ploughman’s lunch is a picnic-type pub dish consisting of cheeses, bread, pickled onions, ham, radishes, pickle relish and other raw vegetables of choice. The pickle relish is also delicious in sandwiches or just as a topping when having a snack like cheese and crackers.
Eating a platter of food in this manner, just like an Italian antipasto, is my favorite way to eat because you get to enjoy a range of flavors and food combinations all on one plate! If you’ve never heard of a Ploughman’s lunch, I hope you try the pickle recipe and make a Ploughman’s lunch for yourself and your friends as you’ll want to share!