I have never liked pickles. I don’t really know what it is about them, but something about them has just never sat well with me. I don’t understand how people can tolerate them on sandwiches or burgers, let alone eating them whole. Don’t bother responding to extol the virtues of pickles, either, because it will fall on deaf ears (or is that blind eyes?).
That’s why I’m glad that Cajun Chow-Chow, a relish made by Mossy Bayou Foods, out of Mansura, Louisiana, is of the pepper variety. Absolutely no pickles in this stuff, and that makes me a happy camper.
Green Cayenne Peppers, Vinegar, Onions, Garlic, Salt, and Spices
Frequent readers of Fiery Friday will know that I love foods and sauces with few ingredients. Sure, there’s nothing inherently wrong (to me, at least) with a condiment that includes a variety of additives and preservatives, but there’s definitely something to be said for a product that can achieve good flavor and heat with a short list of ingredients. This relish is one such product.
I want to be honest: relish has never really looked appetizing to me. There’s something about a mass of green stuff that lies somewhere between chunky and liquid that rubs me the wrong way. Thus, I was initially a little skeptical of Cajun Chow-Chow, since it essentially looks like every other relish I have seen. As far as food goes, this isn’t exactly a sexy-looking product.
Smell and Taste:
A good whiff of Cajun Chow-Chow immediately showcases the cayenne peppers. It’s obvious that this product is made with some quality ingredients, at least as far as the peppers are concerned. There’s definitely more than a hint of vinegar to this, though, which, as I’ve noted in previous reviews, may turn off some people. Get beyond the vinegar, though, and you’ll find a nice blend of peppers, garlic, and onion. The taste reflects this mixture as well; while there’s a definite vinegar presence in the flavor, it hardly overpowers the peppers and other ingredients. If you’ve never had relish, the texture may take some getting used to, but the sweet and sour flavor is well worth the acculturation process.
Cajun Chow-Chow isn’t really all that hot, even though the label touts it as “relish with an attitude.” Still, it definitely has that cayenne heat, so I’m going to give this one a Medium. As with most condiments, the true potential of this product lies in its flavor. Though not the best pepper product I’ve tasted, Cajun Chow-Chow easily rates a Nice in my book. This is one of those products that keeps me eating it while I’m writing the review, not because I need to be able to discuss it, but because I genuinely like it.
This is a relish, so the most obvious pairing that comes to my mind is hot dogs. While I haven’t tried that, I bet it would work quite well. I can vouch for its deliciousness when paired with eggrolls, though, and it also tastes rather good on top of stuffed jalapenos. It even makes a decent pizza topping. Really, there are multifarious meals into which you could incorporate Cajun Chow-Chow. Alternately, you could just eat it with a bag of tortilla chips, like I’m doing at this very minute. This stuff is that good.
Go on, try some Cajun Chow-Chow. I bet you’ll relish it.