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Cheese Relish

Yield Makes 2 cups
Hands-on Time 15 min.; Total Time 2 hr., 25 min. Serve this tangy cousin to pimiento cheese on crackers or in grilled sandwiches. Make sure the cheese is well chilled before grating.


  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 10 ounce Swiss cheese, finely grated (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (12-oz.) jar sliced mild banana peppers, drained and minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

How to Make It

  1. Soak capers in water to cover 10 minutes; drain.

  2. Stir together capers and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 2 days.

Simple Fresh Southern (Clarkson Potter 2009)