(Not) Turkish Meze Recipes – Sweet & Spicy Tomato Chilli Relish

We’re always playing around with different meze recipes just because it’s a great way to eat. The meze table is a social thing, even when it’s just the two of us – and even if we’re just talking about the food we’ve made. Recently, we made a new addition to our meze menu and, although it’s not Turkish, it still compliments everything else on your meze table and it’s really quick and easy to make.

The famous Turkish chilli tomato dip recipe is Acılı Antep Ezmesi and this is one of our favourites. But we usually make that if we have friends for dinner because it does require a bit of your time. The recipe we’re doing in this post is again a chilli tomato dip…but we’re going sweet, too. This is basically a homemade sweet chilli relish and is a great side to lots of meals as well as meze.

Sweet Chilli Relish

We thought this bowlful would last us longer

We made a bowlful of the dip recently, thinking we would jar it up and leave it in the fridge to enjoy at leisure. Not sure who we were kidding with that little idea because it never made it to the jar. We just ate it!

The following ingredient amounts are not set in stone; they’re just a general guide so don’t worry too much about weight and measurement.

  • Finely chop one large onion – the sweeter the better but you don’t need to worry too much about that.
  • Now finely chop 1 large tomato (if you’re not on the large Turkish tomatoes, you’ll need 2-3 regular tomatoes – around 400g in total).
  • Heat 4-5 tablespoonfuls of vinegar in a pan. In Turkey, we use the grape vinegar but if you want a more subtle vinegar flavour, use a wine or an apple vinegar.
  • Now add 2 dessertspoonfuls of sugar with a splash of water and stir it all around until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add your chopped onion and stir around for a minute or two.
  • Now add your tomato and as many hot chilli flakes as you can handle (you can always add more later if you want to make it more spicy).
  • Now remove from the heat and leave to cool.

And that’s it. Quick and easy. Do a little taste test to see if you want to add anything else to it. And to serve:

Sweet Chilli & Tomato Dip

Sweet chilli tomato dip

Remember our Brussels sprouts and yoghurt meze recipe where we served it on toasted bread? Well we had this sweet chilli tomato dip on the same day and we just made a few slices of toast. Lightly toasted bread rubbed with a half clove of garlic and drizzled with olive oil. Put your tomato chilli dip on the toast and top with basil. Yummy!

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  1. I’m not surprised it never made it into the jar.

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