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Jun 20, 2008 11:20 AM

Chow-chow help!

I just made chow-chow for the first time (as flavor booster for ham and cheese sandwiches). I have two questions--should it have a pretty strong vinegar nose to it, even after cooking for two hours? And should I spread mayo or butter on the sandwich?
thanks a million

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  1. No mayo, but Honey Mustard goes great with Chow Chow on a sandwich.

    1. Never made my own chow chow, but love the stuff. Would you care to share the recipe?

      As for the sandwich, I agree with ArmadilloPepper, mustard would do the trick.

        1. re: normalheightsfoodie

          Chow-Chow is a popular Southern relish. Many use it on Black-Eyed Peas and Pinto Beans. It can have many different ingredients, but is typically made from chopped green tomatoes (and sometimes red tomatoes), cabbage, mustard seed or powder, onions, hot peppers, sweet peppers, cabbage and vinegar. Other optional ingredients include cucumbers, celery or celery seed, carrots, beans, asparagus, corn and cauliflower. There is an entire article on "what is chow-chow" at

        2. Would love to make chow chow, also, and don't have a recipe. Would you share?

          Chow chow is a pickle like a relish and is popular in Maritime Canada. Goes great on fish cakes.

          1. It's also somewhat popular here in the Shenandoah Valley where they sell both hot and mild varieties. Think of it as a spicier pickle relish, lighter in color with more of a sauerkraut flavor.

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            1. re: cuccubear

              it is a must for soup beans in the south!

              1. re: cuccubear

                eww, no sauerkraut flavour in the Maritimes.

                1. re: cuccubear

                  The brand I buy in the local markets is "Mrs. Campbell's" made in Winston-Salem, NC. It has cabbage, pickles, vinegar etc.