Relishes Make A Simple Dish Special

I think we all make very simple dishes often and as good as they are we always wish they had something extra. Chicken parmesan is I think the perfect example of a simple breaded chicken breast that has had something added to make it just a little better. There are a number of other things I can think of that have been changed the same way. There are a number of ways simple dishes have been elevated with sauces and gravy, but perhaps the simplest way is a relish.

Relishes can be either sweet or savory, I prefer savory. You can make a relish out of just about anything. When I make one it is usually based on what I have in the fridge. One that seems strange but works extremely well with a simple fried pork chop is made with the pickled pearl onions and apple with a little parsley and honey. When making a relish just think of things you like and put them together.

Simple things like pan fried fish, chicken, pork chops, and steak all benefit from a relish. Oven baked breaded things, or deep-fried are screaming for something. Breaded pork chops/cutlets are something I think most people make, wether fried or baked. You can find them pre-breaded in most grocery stores and even in the frozen section. I have always made my own and honestly it took me a long time to start making a relish to go with them.

This relish was made with what I had in the fridge yesterday. You could use any pickled product but I like olives and they were in the fridge.

6 finely chopped green olives ( I had the common stuffed ones)

1 chopped green onion

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix everything together and refrigerate for at least an hour.

About Graham Stewart

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2 Responses to Relishes Make A Simple Dish Special

  1. A good relish can add so much more than a sauce or gravy. I sometimes forget that!

    • Hey Bob. Yes it can be great. The one I made for the steak and eggs benedict we had for Christmas breakfast was super. Kids cleaned the bowl when breakfast was done. Good to see you back, hope everything has been ok.

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