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Turkish Tomato and Chile Relish

24 October

Serves 6

Turkish cooks prepare this simple relish to serve as a salad or accompanied by crisp pita chips or bread.

3 – 4 tomatoes, finely chopped (total weight about 1 ¼ pounds)
5 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 Anaheim chilies or use sweet peppers
½ cup minced yellow onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ – 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

1. Place tomatoes in a fine- mesh sieve set over a bowl. Let drain for 1 hour. Discard any juice or reserve for another use.
2. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, chilies, or sweet peppers, onion, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to mix. Season with salt and black pepper.
3. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve at room temperature.

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