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Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce

Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce

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  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Cook 30 mins

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This condiment, made with green tomatoes, apples, and onion, has a nice balance of sweet and tangy. Use it as a sandwich topper or serve with grilled meats.


  • 1 1/2 pounds green tomatoes (5 medium), quartered
  • 2 large red baking apples, quartered and cored
  • 2 small red sweet peppers, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and cut up
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. With a large food processor fitted with a shredding blade, shred the tomatoes, apples, peppers, and onion. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine sugar, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and spices. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; add shredded tomato mixture. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until reduced to about 5 cups.
  2. Cool slightly; transfer to jars or freezer containers. Cover and chill to store, or label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw to serve.
  3. Serve as a condiment with hot dogs or hamburgers. Makes 5 cups.


  • Test Kitchen Tip: Mixture is acidic enough that it can be packed in sterilized half-pint jars and processed in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

(Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce)

Riboflavin (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 4, Potassium (mg) 61, sodium (mg) 148, vit. A (IU) 243, carb. (g) 9, pro. (g) 1, vit. C (mg) 9, cal. (kcal) 37, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 8, calcium (mg) 10, iron (mg) 0

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