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Relish question/recipe - Catfish Kitchen Dickson. TN

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libstewart Sep 13, 2010 03:10 PM

As part of a family reunion we all went to the Catfish Kitchen in Dickson, TN. White beans were served with the meal and there was a red relish that I was told to eat with the beans. I can't get it out of my mind now that fall is coming and I'm cooking beans. Does anyone know the proper name for the relish and where I can get some -- or a recipe? Thanks!

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Catfish Kitchen
3069 Highway 70 E, Dickson, TN 37055

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    Chowingfun Feb 27, 2011 09:15 AM

    In Tennessee this bean relish is usually called chow chow and the recipes vary widely. Chow chow comes from the French word for cabbage and many recipes have cabbage as a base. But you will often find only spiced tomatoes in the recipe as well. So look around and see what recipes look close enough to what you tasted. Was it sweet, hot, medium. Did it have peppers, onions, or cabbage in it?

    Chow chow is very subjective. Enjoy.

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      libstewart Feb 28, 2011 11:30 AM

      It was mostly red pepper - a sweet relish - no cabbage. I found out that the product they use is a commercial product. The ingrediants are red peppers, onions, tomato paste, sugar, seasonings. I'm having a hard time replicating it. Have tried several recipes with no success. One was so sweet and I cooked it so long to get the right consistency that I must have gotten it to the "hard crack stage" -- ever had red pepper candy??? Not the best. :-\ I may just have to wait until I go back and steal some!!!

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        Chowingfun Mar 3, 2011 12:49 PM

        It sounds to me more closely related to a hamburger relish than a typical chow chow. Especially since it has tomato paste in it.
        Cooks.com has a hamburger relish recipe that is sweet peppers, onions, tomato paste, and spices. Perhaps you can work from that.

        http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1636,...

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          libstewart Mar 8, 2011 10:59 AM

          Thanks - I'll give that a try.

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