LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – If there is a signature Arkansas food, it may well be fried catfish. And the popular accompaniment to this entrée is green tomato relish.
As colder weather arrives, some gardeners have a number of green tomatoes that won't make it to ripeness. Pick them and head to the kitchen for a session of cooking and canning green tomato relish.
Here is a recipe from one Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff member who said it is a vintage family hand-me-down.
Green Tomato Relish
24 cups chopped to thumb size green tomatoes
4 hot peppers, chopped
4 red bell peppers, chopped
4 green bell peppers, chopped
4 cups chopped onions
4 ribs celery, chopped
4 cups vinegar
8 cups sugar
Cook together in a large pot until color changes (cook a pretty good while until fork tender). Pour into sterilized pint jars or any size desired. Seal while hot. Makes 14 pints or a bit more.