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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Holiday Food Gift

Versatile pistachio relish can be paired with
everything from crab cakes to dessert. Photo
courtesy Island Creek Oyster Bar.


Want to bring a special gift to your Thanksgiving hosts, or make something tasty to give to friends for the holidays?

Try this Pistachio Relish from Jeremy Sewall, executive chef of Boston’s Island Creek Oyster Bar. Chef Sewall follows the New England tradition of canning and preserves with house-made relishes and chutneys. They add a touch of vibrant fall flavor to savory dishes—and sweet ones, too.

He particularly enjoys this pistachio relish atop a crab cake:


Yield: 1-2 quarts


  • ½ cup white onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1½ pounds pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 2 oranges, zest and juice
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar*
  • Pinch salt

    *We don’t like sweet condiments on savory foods, so we reduced this to 1 teaspoon of sugar. You can eliminate it entirely.


    1. SWEAT garlic and onion in canola oil until translucent.

    2. COMBINE the sugar and salt with the zest and juices from oranges and lemons. Simmer until the mixture has cooked down to a loose syrup. Remove from heat.

    3. FOLD in the chopped pistachios.

    4. COOL the mixture over an ice bath. Store in the refrigerator.

    For gifting, pick up pretty jars and create a gift label with a use by date. Tell them to use the relish within 10 days, so you’ll get a thank-you call saying how delicious it is.

    If you like the idea of food gifts, pick up a book of food gift recipes and ideas.

    Other Uses For Pistachio Relish

    This versatile pistachio relish can be used:

  • To top any grilled fish, from cod to salmon
  • As a cheese condiment (we served it with fresh goat cheese and crostini)
  • As a desserts topping or cookie filling.
    How would you use pistachio relish?
    Find more of our favorite condiments and recipes.


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