Recipe courtesy of Joe Fabrocini

Sweet and Spicy Onion Relish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 24 ounces
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2 medium yellow onions or sweet onions, when available

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed

1 cup light brown sugar

48 ounces root beer

Hot dogs, cooked, for serving

Brown mustard, for serving

Mayonnaise, for serving


  1. Peel the onions, cut in half and slice into 1-inch pieces. Add the onions and the vegetable oil to a large saucepan, over medium-low heat, and saute until soft. Stir in the black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic and brown sugar until incorporated. Add half of the root beer and let reduce until starting to get thick. Stir in the remaining root beer and continue to reduce until the liquid is almost completely evaporated.
  2. Serve on top of good quality, natural casing hot dogs with a good brown mustard and a little mayonnaise, to taste.
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