As soon as the spring Vidalia onions hit the market, this is one of the first recipes I make. I use it on hot dogs, bruschetta, cream cheese and crackers. It is so versatile. —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida
Tart and tempting, this relish is a traditional part of Kathie Theis' holiday menu. "It's pleasant with both poultry and pork," she notes from Monticello, Minnesota. "My husband, children and grandkids like the pairing of fall fruits and the hint of ginger and cinnamon. It tastes just like autumn."
As a descendant of Myles Standish, I sponsored a dinner at my bed-and-breakfast a few years back to offer folks some holiday history and a taste of the foods offered at the first Thanksgiving. This relish was one of the menu items.—Standish House, Norman Standish, Lanark, Illinois
This fresh ruby-colored relish is sweet and tangy, and the apples and celery give it a terrific crunch. At our house, it's a holiday menu mainstay since it's so pleasant with poultry and pork.
—Edith McFarland, Willits, California
I made this relish for first time 53 years ago when I was 14. My mother wasn't able to prepare Thanksgiving dinner that year, so I was the cook for our family of 12! We all liked this dish so much that it became our family's traditional cranberry relish.
When I was raising my big family, I'd make dill pickles toward the end of the growing season for winter's keeping. Crushed red pepper flakes gives them a bit of bite.— Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
I cook for a local middle school and have been making this relish more than 25 years. Whenever I take it to a dinner or picnic, it is sure to go fast, and I get lots of requests for the recipe. Sometimes I put it into gift baskets with other homemade goodies.
Salem, West Virginia
"I've been experimenting with pickle making for years, and I’m still trying to create the ultimate pickle," writes Margaret Berardi of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Keep this relish-like topping on hand all summer in the fridge.