I do not like peppers. Not hot peppers or sweet peppers. My grandma likes them so we had planted a few in the garden for her. Well this last picking we came up with 15 peppers! We knew we had to come up with a plan to use these quickly because she knew she couldn’t use them that fast. I remembered a relish I had tasted from the Amish once called a sweet pepper apple relish. And this was a recipe that used a lot of peppers but one I still enjoyed! So I did some research and found a ph-balanced and tested recipe for my grandma and I to try.
- 6 large sweet peppers (3 red and 3 green makes for a prettier relish)
- 2-3 medium onions
- 7 large apples
- 1/2 pod hot pepper (optional)
- 1/2 pt. vinegar
- 2 c. sugar
- Chop your peppers and onions.
- Grind peppers and onions in food chopper.
- Drain juice from pepper and onion mixture.
- Mix the vinegar and sugar in a pan and let come to a boil
- Add pepper mixture to hot vinegar and sugar.
- Chop apples up with peels still on them.
- Grind apples in food chopper. You may need to add a little bit of water to get them started depending on the apple you use. Just drain some of the liquid out before warming if you use water.
- Cook apples until soft.
- Add to the pepper mixture in big pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then let boil for 5 minutes.
- Seal in sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
- Set them on a wire rack to cool.
This recipe turned out so much better than I had anticipated. For someone who doesn’t like peppers, I could eat this on crackers all day long! The next time we make it we plan on using some green peppers and some green apples in the mixture to bring more color to the finished product. But for the first try, this was darn good! As you can see to the right, it is much thicker than salsa but not quite as thick as a jam or jelly. Perfect for crackers or a snack. I even like it on bread! I hope you enjoy it is much as I do!