Having now shared one of my favourite meat pie recipes, it’s only fitting that I also share my all-time favourite tomato relish recipe.
This recipe comes from Donna Hay magazine and, like most of her recipes, it is super quick and super easy to make. I make it so regularly that I doubt I will ever try any other recipe, lest it disappoint me. I love this cherry tomato relish served with anything from meat pies, sausage rolls and hamburgers, to something a bit more upmarket like a proper roast beef dinner.
The relish keeps well in the fridge for about a week, but I suspect that it could keep for a bit longer; we’ve rarely had any leftover for very long. And it goes without saying that, bottled up in a pretty glass jar, they make for a lovely homemade foodie gift.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
- 500g (1 lb) cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup caster sugar
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- sea salt & freshly ground white pepper (to taste)
- Add the oil to a small saucepan and cook the onion with a pinch of sea salt over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onions have softened.
- Add the garlic and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, sea salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Turn the heat up to high and let the mixture come to a boil. Keep cooking at high heat for about 15-30 minutes until the mixture has thickened and looks jammy. The tomatoes will release some liquid and you will need to give the mixture some time for the liquid to evaporate.
- During this time, gently break down any tomatoes with a wooden spoon and stir the mixture from to time to prevent it from sticking to the pan and burning.
- Once the mixture has thickened, taste for seasoning. You may want to add some more sugar or more vinegar.
- Spoon the mixture into a sterilised jar, and leave it to cool completely before sealing. The mixture keeps well in the fridge for at least a couple of weeks.
This cherry tomato relish is delicious as it is but, as you will read in the comments below, many readers have added other flavourings with much success. Suggestions include chillies, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, Worcestershire sauce … I love to add some chipotle chile powder for a bit of a kick.
This post was updated in January 2016 to include new photos.
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