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Jun 25, 2013 01:28 PM

Sweet pickle relish

A lot of hot dog posts got me wondering. Who uses sweet pickle relish on their hot dogs or, for that matter, anywhere?

I am not a fan of sweet pickle relish and not really a fan of sweet pickles for that matter as well. Especially 'bread and butter' pickles, blech!

But that might be regional as its not as common here in NY due to all the sauerkraut. I have tried a Chicago dog with the neon green relish and it's an experience, but only when in Chicago.

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  1. Used to be the only way I would eat my hotdog. Now I don't care so much.

    In a pinch you can use it in ham salad if you don't have sweet gherkins.

    Can't think of another occasion I use it. I will not put it on burgers.

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    1. re: melpy

      It's cheap and keeps for a while - I usually buy a jar at the beginning of summer, and toss the old one. I love it on hotdogs, but sad to say, I don't eat many any more. I use it in ham salad, egg salad, deviled eggs sometimes, and my daughter likes it in tuna salad.

      I can't eat a grilled cheese without bread and butter pickles.

      1. re: jeanmarieok

        Ditto on all but the tuna salad.

        (avec moutarde on my chaud chien)

    2. When Mrs. O was carnivorous, the Tube Steak was one of her favorite foods, and hers always required ketchup and pickle relish. For burgers it was just pickle relish, usually, which she still requires for her grilled vegan "burgers." I confine my usage to coleslaw dressing (buttermilk, mayo, relish and a dash of vinegar).

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      1. re: Will Owen

        I'm with Mrs. O: ketchup and pickle relish on hot dogs (or even better, a polish dog) are the way to go. But that's about the only thing I put sweet relish on. Hamburgers take sour pickles.

      2. If you can get ahold of Del Monte brand, it's the best, very hard to find.

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        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          I beg to differ. The Claussen refrigerated relish is the gold standard, but getting near impossible to find. They appear to be replacing it with the non-refrigerated variety, which is very run-of-the-mill.

          1. re: ferret

            Yes, ferret, I also had trouble recently trying to find Claussen's pickle relish in the cold case. I did find it, however, and it continues to be my favorite.

        2. I love it on hot dogs and tuna salad sandwich.

          1. Mustard and pickle relish=yum