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Onion Date Relish recipe

Wonderful served with grilled meats orwith cheese and crackers.

Recipe: Onion Date Relish

3/4 pound onions, halved lengthwise andsliced very thin crosswise (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 cup red-wine vinegar – divided use (plus additional to taste)
2 dried red hot peppers, each about 2 inches long, seeded andcrumbled (wear rubber gloves)
1/2 pound pitted dates, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • In a large heavy skillet cook the onionsin the oil over medium-low heat, stirring, until they are softened.Add garlic, ginger root, and salt, and cook the mixture, stirring,for 2 minutes.
  • Add wine, 1/2 cup of the vinegar, andthe peppers and cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirringoccasionally, until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  • In a food processor combine the onionmixture with the dates and pulse the motor 3 or 4 times. Addthe additional vinegar and pulse the motor 2 or 3 times, or untilthe mixture is combined well but still chunky.
  • The relish keeps, covered and chilled,for 1 week.

    Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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