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Italian Sausage w/Onion and Jalapeño Chowchow


In the nick of time, I discovered this recipe yesterday, before our evening meal…



The weather has been a little unusual here lately, in the low 70’s, so it’s still grilling season until the deck is empty in another week or two, making way for snow.

Bill grilled delicious spicy Italian sausages last night and I made the recipe that I saw here on Nee's blog and here on the Food and Wine site, to accompany it.
  
I may be a little lazy ~ I adapted the recipe slightly by sautéing Vidalia onions and jalapeños in a large skillet, instead of using skewers, and charring them on the grill; then, cooked the sauce in the same skillet.  


It’s a year-round relish to side with sausages cooked indoors, especially since heartier food in this neck of the woods gets a bit humdrum toward the end of winter.  

This chowchow is a chunky tangy tart-sweet relish:  I can think of a lot of other uses for it ~ hot dogs, sloppy joes, burgers, omelets, a topping for whitefish or salmon, or shrimp, it could be mixed with tuna salad, chicken salad, or pasta, or stirred into rice for a little kick, you get it…
 
Onion and Jalapeño Chowchow
Adapted 
Printable recipe  

Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Vidalia onions, large chop
2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
½ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup grainy mustard
¼ cup Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon caraway seeds
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 pounds Italian sausages

Method:

Heat oil in a large skillet.
Sauté onions and jalapeños until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.
Transfer to a plate and set aside.
In the skillet, combine vinegar, sugar, both mustards, caraway seeds and turmeric.
Bring to a simmer, add onions and jalapeños, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the liquid is reduced, about 10 minutes. 
Stir cornstarch and water together, add to skillet, and stir mixture until slightly thickened.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with sausages.

Note:  The chowchow can be refrigerated  for up to 1 week.  



ENJOY!



Comments

  1. The chowchow sounds like a great go-with for the sausage.

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  2. Hi Pam , I like your twist on the chow-chow and sausage , I love the heat , Everything looks so deliciously good . Thanks for the shout-out . :) Nee

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    1. Hi Nee! You're welcome! Thank you for the recipe!

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  3. Pam, My wife would love that chow chow! I could eat 3 or 4 of those spicy Italian sausages. They are a staple at our house year around,,,grilled indoors or outside! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Glad you like this, Dave! We love those sausages too and it's great with chowchow! Take care!

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  4. Looks yummy! Really makes me want dinner early :D

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    1. Thanks, Medeja! That's my job, to make you hungry! :-)

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  5. Hi Pam,
    Looks so delicious, Nee's recipe is good as well...I think that this is a terrific meal, so tasty and the jalapeno gives it that kick...Thanks Enjoy your day!
    Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie! Yes, they're both good recipes! Jalapeños rule! Have a great weekend!

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  6. It is unusually warm here today too. Cool you are still grilling and love the Chowchow, great flavors and heat!

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    1. Thanks! I like the heat! Thanks for the visit!

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  7. How yummy! My mom used to make chow-chow and can jars and jars of it. My father's favorite - looks wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! Sounds like a lot of people like it---this is the first time I've made it. Take care

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  8. It's always bbq weather down here! Love your chowchow recipe, Pam. I am totally drooling over those sausages!!!

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    1. Lucky you, Barbara! Glad you like the chowchow and sausages. They were soooo good!

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  9. Hi Pam, never heard of chowchow before, sounds delicious!

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    1. Hi Cheri! Oh, it's a really great relish for meat, etc. Take care

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  10. Mr. Ken will be so excited with Chow Chow recipe, he loves it!

    M : )

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    1. Great, Melinda! Hope Mr. Ken likes it when you make it! :-)

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  11. Dear Pam, Looks delicious!!! I love everything!! xoxo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Hope all is well your way. Hugs!

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  12. Chow Chow sounds like a great way to enhance your sausages! I like the sound of the name, too. I was curious and learned that there were recipes for a relish with this name as far back as the 18th century!

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    1. Thanks, Mae! That's interesting! No wonder relishes are so good, they've been around almost forever! Thanks for the info and have a great weekend!

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  13. I seriously would lick whole bowl of onion chowchow clean!!

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    1. Ha, Angie! I wanted to do that myself! :-) Have a fun weekend!

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  14. I LOVE onions and jalapeno. OMG. So goooood.

    Happy Weekend and boogie boogie.

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    1. Hi Ivy! Your avatar cracks me up and is perfect for the season. I'm actually a little scared of bats, so hope he stays right where he is! :-)

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  15. Chow chow sounds delicious! I have had it before, I think, on a visit down south, but never made it my self. Yum!

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    1. Thanks, laurie! It's so easy to make and so many varieties of it, hope you try it! Have a great weekend!

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  16. The weather is getting cooler here, too, but I'm hoping I can talk my husband into barbecuing again this weekend!

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  17. I am finally getting some peppers and tomatoes from the garden. Your "chow chow" title grabbed me immediately. I like your modifications here. Easy is always better, don't you agree?

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    1. Hi Debra! Yes, easy works for me! Lucky, lucky you, with the veggies from your garden! Enjoy!

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  18. my fiance had never heard of or tried chowchow before he met me, but he loves it now, and rightly so! great version!

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  19. Mmmmmm I like the sound of that. Hope you are both well, take care Diane

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