Pic of Courgette relish

Courgette relish

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Courgette relish

Side Serves 4 1h 10 min
This lovely relish is a good way of using up a glut. Leave it to mature for at least a day – preferably longer – before eating. It's great for the barbecue season, slapped on a burger, or with cold slices of ham, or strong cheese, or sausages.


  • 500g courgettes
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 500ml cider vinegar
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp crushed mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric


Prep time: 1h
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Slice the courgettes about ¼ cm thick and place in a large, shallow dish along with the onions and salt, and mix thoroughly.
  • Step 2

    Add cold water to cover and mix again to dissolve the salt. Leave for one hour and drain, and then dry thoroughly between tea towels or in a salad spinner. This whole process gets the excess juices out of the veg and stops the relish being too 'wet'.
  • Step 3

    Put the remaining ingredients in a pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Cool a little then add to the courgette/onion mix and stir. Transfer to sterile jars and leave in a fridge for at least one day before using.

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