Monday, May 16, 2011

Recipe Box: Chow Chow

*you can see my original post here*

I love the project that Calliope has been working on to share some recipes from the rolodex of her lovely grandmother, Millie. With her permission to share something similar, I'm going to open a treasured wooden box and pull out a few family recipes from our household. 

I love that this is such a southern recipe. I have learned to have a taste for Chow Chow--and this is a regular request made by Mook. And he loves nothing more than the way his grandmother made it. 

Chow Chow:


1 medium cabbage
1 pt. chopped onions
2 green peppers
2 tbs salt
1 quart vinegar
1/2 lb brown sugar
1/4 cup black mustard seed
1/4 cup white mustard seed
1 tsp celery seed
3 large green tomatoes
1 cucumber (optional)


Mix together vegetables with salt-let stand 1 hour; then drain for 3 hours. Mix vinegar, brown sugar & seed. Boil mixture for 1 minute-add vegetables and bring mixture again to boiling point. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. 


  1. wow. Is this kind of like a relish? How do you serve this??

  2. I have never tried chow chow but I have been wondering. I will have to try this.

  3. Sounds so yummy! What do you usually eat with it? I guess I would be a very northern girl and have never experienced southern fare!

  4. Nom nom on the chow chow!

    Though I'd rather come over and eat yours than make my own :-)

  5. it's weird. I'm from the South, but I still think it's weird.


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