How to Use Tomato Relish

Written by athena hessong | 13/05/2017
How to Use Tomato Relish
Tomato relish has many uses in the kitchen. (Monkey Business Images Ltd/Valueline/Getty Images)

Tomato relish is an uncommon condiment that deserves a more prominent place in your kitchen. Like pickle relish, tomato relish can be made according to a variety of recipes from sweet-tart to savoury. All recipes require finely diced tomatoes with seasonings and spices to make an American version of salsa. Another way to think of tomato relish is like a chunky ketchup, as it can have a similar flavour profile. Use it anytime you want to add the tang of tomato ketchup with more texture and body. Tomato relish can be found at farmers' markets, speciality grocers or made from scratch.

How to Use Tomato Relish
Mix tomato relish into your meat loaf, meatball or hamburger recipe. (making meat loaf image by Roslen Mack from

Replace ketchup or tomato paste in recipes with tomato relish. For instance, instead of ketchup to top a meat loaf, spread an equivalent amount to tomato relish over the loaf before baking for a rich, tangy topping. Alternatively, mix in 1/2 cup of tomato relish into meat loaf, meat balls or hamburger patties before shaping and cooking for a tasty surprise.

How to Use Tomato Relish
Replace the tomatoes on your sandwich with tomato relish. It's always in season. (Sandwich image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Substitute fresh tomatoes on sandwiches with tomato relish. Spread 1 to 2 tbsp of tomato relish on your bread or between the slices of cheese or meat to keep the bread from becoming soggy. Peppers in tomato relish will add a zip to BLTs and hamburgers. Use tomato relish when fresh tomatoes are out of season or unavailable.

How to Use Tomato Relish
Skip the gelled cranberry sauce and serve a fresh tomato relish with roast turkey instead. (cranberry saurce and a silver fork image by Jorge Moro from

Top roasted poultry or pork with a spoonful of tomato relish as you would use applesauce or cranberry relish as an acidic foil for the meat.

How to Use Tomato Relish
Replace pizza sauce with tomato relish for added zip. (food - pizza sauce image by FotoWorx from

Spread your pizza dough with a thin layer of tomato relish to replace the traditional tomato sauce. Add toppings and bake as usual.

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