Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fiesta Relish

Well, it's definitely not Summer any more around here. After a few weeks on morning playground duty (all the while wishing I could be in my car with the heater on full blast) I finally broke down and bought snowpants - snowpants! - as well as leggings to ward against the chill. The kids don't feel it, running around as they are, but I'm not alone in asking "is it Summer yet?".

Well, it may not be bright and balmy outdoors anymore, but inside my pantry has a plethora of canned sunshine. I took advantage of the (inexpensive) bounty of fresh, local corn available minutes from my door this year and blanched it before packing most of it up in freezer bags. A couple ears left over from the school corn roast (that didn't go into the salsa) I took immediate action on, though, roasting them to bring out even more of the natural sugars in the kernels and add a delicate smokiness to whatever they played with, especially the tomatoes and peppers I still had growing at the time. A few spices and a trip through the waterbath canner later, I had a slightly spicy, tangy-sweet relish put up for days like today - where a spoonful can really be the only source of heat at hand!

Fiesta Relish

Shared with Gluten Free Fridays

Fiesta Relish
Makes 3 cups, 24 (2-tbsp) servings
2 ¾ cups cooked corn kernels (roasted if desired)
2 hot banana peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 large plum tomato, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup cider vinegar
½ tsp liquid stevia
¾ cup minced green onion (I used Egyptian onion bulbs)
½ large red bell pepper, diced
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp ancho chile powder (or guajillo chile powder if you like more heat)
1 tsp coarse sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp coriander
¼ tsp celery seed
½ tsp mustard seed
¼ tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp agar flakes
  1. Place all the ingredients into a deep pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, for 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Spoon into jars and process 15 minutes in a waterbath.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 19.0
Total Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 28.4 mg
Total Carbs: 4.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 0.7 g

Fiesta Relish