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Sweet Red Onion Relish

Yield Makes about 5 cups
We suggest using tongs to stir and turn the onion (step 2). The relish's flavor continues to improve up to 1 week, chilled in an airtight container. Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 7 minutes; Chill: 2 hours.


  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 large red onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 1/2 pounds)

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves.

  2. Add onion, and stir to mix. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until onion turns translucent and pink. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Chill in an airtight container 2 hours or until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator up to 7 days.