Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Chow down on some Southern Chow-Chow

There is a marvelous Southern accompaniment, that goes hand and hand with cornbread, beans and greens, or just about anything you might want to put it on. It has several names, but my family always called it chow-chow, but I have also heard it referred to as tomato chutney.

Some think it came to the South via the Cajuns; others think its origins are Indian, as in a chutney, or maybe even from China. The number of recipes vary widely as well. It is often sweet but can be spicy or even hot.

Whatever the case may be, this recipe is simple and delicious, and oh so easy to make. My favorite is over beans and cornbread.


1 large can best quality tomatoes

1 chopped red onion

1 cup sugar

Salt to taste

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1-2 hot peppers

Combine all ingredients and simmer over a medium flame until thick.