Relish this….spread!

Irisa Raina 9


This is my take on that “special sauce” you’ll see in some restaurants. I have been making this for some time now…and when I let people know I am making it…I get the “ look “…like will I be getting some?????

So when I do make enough to give some away, I always make up a small basket with the sauce, hamburger buns, the recipe if its someone who had not got the relish/spread before, and some pretty paper napkins.
I love it!

I sometimes add the following:

Yogurt instead of sour cream.
Chopped jalapeno’s instead of red pepper flakes.
Chipotle w/adobo


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Yield 2 pints
10 Min
45 Min


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1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 tablespoon dry minced onions soaked in a couple tablespoons of water
1 & ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes “ or to taste”
½ teaspoon light brown sugar
3 tablespoons juice from bread and butter pickles
3 tablespoons sour cream
4 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dill & sweet relish drained very well
8 or so slices of bread and butter pickled drained and chopped
¼ cup classic catalina salad dressing

How to Make Relish this….spread!


  • 1Put the tomato paste in a frying pan “ I know this sounds very strange “ but the reason you want to do this is to cook out the raw taste.
  • 2Keep the heat really low because you don’t want to burn the tomato paste, just cook it a bit. I cooked this for about 11 - 15 minutes stirring every so often.
  • 3After the 15 minutes add the onion water mixture, red pepper flakes and brown sugar and cook till the water is all gone, maybe 8 minutes or so. Keep the heat still very low. And stir stir stir….
  • 4When this part is done, turn off the heat and cool it completely.
    You’ll know it’s done because it will hold its shape in the pan.
  • 5Add the juice from the bread and butter pickles and mix thoroughly.
    Add the sour cream, mayo and the chopped pickles.
  • 6Add the Catalina dressing and mix.
  • 7Now this next step may sound strange but once you get all the ingredients incorporated, you’ll want to cook it slightly about 30 minutes or so “ on low again” and stirring it often to thicken.
  • 8I like to cool it before I add the sour cream and mayo. But that’s just me.
  • 9Cooking it down a second time intensifies the flavors, but it is not necessary.
    If you like the consistency then don’t cook it the second time.
  • 10This recipe will yield two pints “depending on if you cook it down the second time or not”.

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About Relish this….spread!

Course/Dish: Other Sauces, Spreads, Dressings
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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