Ingredients: green tomatoes, bell pepper, onions, cabbage, vinegar, pure cane sugar, jalapeno peppers, salt, mixed pickling spice
Every part of the country produces native foods still unfamiliar to outsiders. In the South, chow chow is one of those, and we love it. Every family from Virginia and the Carolinas, across Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama, keeps a recipe for this relish, and each varies according to preference – some are spicy, some sweet, some tomato-heavy, some all about cabbage and onion. It’s eaten on pinto or white beans with cornbread, traditionally, but modern Southern chefs serve it up on burgers, hot dogs and fried green tomatoes.