Makes about 2 cups
This relish was made by the volunteer fire fighters at the May’s Lick Asparagus Festival a few weeks ago. The relish lit up the homemade brat the best male cook slathered it on. It was full of fresh asparagus and other flavors that blended together well. I had to ask how it was made and their secret was to start with a good, sweet pickle relish. I expected something a bit more complicated but this just goes to show me that sometimes the most flavorful food is the simplest. (The brown blobs in this photo are whole-grain mustard. The relish is peeking out from underneath.)
1 cup finely chopped fresh asparagus
3/4 cup high-quality sweet pickle relish
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together and let sit for 30 minutes before serving.