Papaya and red onion relish - This American Bite

Papaya and Red Onion Relish

Published On 29 April, 2013 | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kosher, Side Dish, Vegetarian

We all have those “what’s for dinner?” nights when we open the almost-bare fridge, make a mental note to do groceries after work the next day.  On closing the door, we still have no idea what to make for dinner.  We might go through this three or four times, hoping that a miraculous food elf will stock the fridge with the ingredients needed for a delicious dinner if we just keep opening and closing the fridge.

Although I plan our dinner menu for the week every Sunday, we sometimes deviate from the plan.  Sometimes I’ll plan my main ingredient so the whiteboard will read tofu, salmon or grill something as though I have left myself a hint, but not a complete plan.

Tonight was one of those night.  The only thing my kitchen whiteboard had to say was  portobellos.  The rest was up to me.  The magical fridge elves were late, but the third round of my door opening sequence, I saw that I had half a papaya waiting to discover it’s purpose.  With salmon in the freezer, dukkah in the pantry, and half a red onion in the door of the fridge, I figured I could definitely throw something together.

I knew a warm fruity condiment would be delicious inside the portobello tops my whiteboard wanted for dinner, but until I turned to my foodie friends on Twitter, I wasn’t even sure what to call this dish.

Now, this is one of those blog posts that I didn’t plan or anticipate – so the photos are from my iPhone and not my camera so forgive me for the quality.  Once you make this papaya and red onion condiment, you’ll understand why it had to become a post.  Besides, a wise woman taught me “No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize”.

Papaya and red onion relish - This American Bite

Papaya chutney

Papaya and Red Onion Relish

Papaya and Red Onion Relish
Recipe Type: condiment
Author: Yosef – This American Bite
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Warm and fruity papaya and red onion relish (some might say this is a chutney) that is a great alongside salmon or other fish dishes.
  • 2 cups diced papaya
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 slices of lemon
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Put a skillet on a low heat
  2. Put all the ingredients in the skillet
  3. Cook low and slow until the papaya and onions are soft, this could take 30-40 minutes
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Once the relish was cooked, I spooned it into portobello mushroom tops and served it with homemade baked french fries and my dukkah crusted salmon.

Papya relish with dukkah crusted salmon

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