Sunday, June 2, 2019

Please pass the relish tray

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Years ago, Mr. L took me to a wonderful restaurant that has now been abandoned for decades. Before your dinner was served, they set out a relish tray. The highlight for us was the corn relish that came with other relishes, pickles, and veggies. Over the years, we've lamented the fact that the restaurant is history ... but what about making a relish tray?

Here's the definition of a relish tray according to the Stack Exchange website:

"A relish tray is an assortment of pickles, olives and small sticks of celery and or carrots. You might also have chow chow or chutney. Any type of relish like fancy cranberry relish or a little savory you might add to your dinner plate might be on a relish tray."

We've tried corn relish in jars, but they just don't have the taste we remembered for that restaurant, so I guess it's time to try and find a recipe and make it for myself.

I'm not a stranger to such things. Last weekend I made rhubarb chutney, which is relish-like. (And boy is it good.)

Lately, we've been making small relish trays. The only real relish we include is a hot sweet pepper relish. Other items on our small tray are bread-and-butter pickles, banana peppers, and dill slices. I'm more than willing to add more things to our relish tray. Do you have any suggestions?

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