Red Onion, Apple and Raisin Relish
Recipe type: condiment
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3 cups
A simple, homemade relish that highlights red onions, raisins and apples, the superstar fruit of fall.
  • 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds (3 large) red onions, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 large navel orange
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • fresh thyme leaves (optional garnish)
  1. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, raisins, rum and thyme. Set aside.
  2. Using a large skillet, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook, covered, over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and continue to cook on low heat for another 20 minutes, until the onions are very soft.
  3. Add the raisin mixture and the apples to the onions. Stir in the orange juice and zest, ginger and cayenne. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the relish, about 15 minutes.
  4. Serve the relish at room temperature. Its flavors will improve after a few days in the fridge.
Recipe by Liz The Chef at