In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia it has come the time for stripping ones tomato bush of all those green gals that didnt grow up to be red and then stare up into space while you figure out what the hell to do with them. After about ten minutes of space-staring, enter the humble green tomato pickle!
And I admit that before I made it and ate it yesterday that I’d never had green tomato pickle before. But it is gooooood. Better than standard tomato pickle I reckon!
I contemplated frying those green babies with eggs for breakfast, and I even considered chopping them up and putting them in an indian curry ala this recipe but realised that I didnt have any chutney’s or relishes in the house and I wanted some of that on a homemade burger soon.
So here it is:
Green Tomato Pickle
700g of green tomatoes (mine were cherry tomatoes) roughly chopped
2 small onions roughly chopped
250g brown sugar
500ml apple cider vinegar (or malt vinegar, whichever you have)
handlful of sultanas
1tsp curry flakes or cayene powder
Bring all ingredients to the boil in a heavy based saucepan. Once bubbling reduce to a simmer and then allow to simmer for 1-2 hours, basically until you have a sticky-ish relish consistency. Give it a stir every now and then to keep it happy.
Find some old jars (I save old mustard, jam, pasta sauce jars and keep them under the sink until I need them) and give them a good wash in soapy water then rinse. Turn your oven on to 140 degrees celcius and dry out your jars and lids in the oven for about 15 mins.
Spoon hot mixture into hot jars til full and seal immediately. If you get this part right then you can keep them for months in the pantry.
This amount made 2.5 jars for me. One smallish jar, one medium size jar and then one big pasta sauce jar half full (so this last one will be kept in the fridge)
Now the best part: Go to the shops or local deli and find the best, bitey cheddar cheese you can find. Bake, or buy, a good quality loaf of sourdough bread. Slice bread and put sliced cheddar on top. Slop some of your green tomato pickle on top and enjoy. It really was delicious and we ended up eating this for dinner last night it was so good!