Recipe: New York Hot Dog Relish


New York style onion-and-tomato hot dog relish

This is my take on the onion and tomato relish served with Sabrett’s and other “dirty water” hot dogs by vendors on the streets of New York. It’s sweet and sour and a little spicy and goes great on hamburgers too. Makes 3 cups.

¼ c salad oil
3 medium to large onions, sliced thin
3 c water
1 T cornstarch
6 T tomato paste
1 T sugar
1 ½ t Kosher salt
½ t red pepper flakes
¾ c cider vinegar

Method: Saute the onions in a big saucepan till limp. Mix the cornstarch with a little of the water till dissolved; add to the onions along with the rest of the water and all other ingredients. Cook over low heat until water has reduced by half and the sauce is thick—probably about 1 to 1 ½ hour. Lasts a few weeks in the refrigerator.

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2 Responses to Recipe: New York Hot Dog Relish

  1. Judith says:

    I just tried a local hot dog eatery’s take on Sabrett’s Red Onion Sauce and it sucked. Definitely not the poor girl lunch I enjoyed for 50 cents back in the seventies when I worked in Manhattan. I can’t wait to try yours. I just love this stuff!

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