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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)

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

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