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Lost family recipe for Chow-Chow (Polish style)


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31 May 2008  #1

Hello to all, I have signed on looking for a family receipe for Chow-Chow. My Dear Father and his family passed along the receipe, I have misplaced. I remember califlower, white onions, beans perhaps in a mustard sauce. Wonder if anyone can help me. My Dads family lived in Shennandoah, Pennsylvania.

Thank You

z_darius Activity: 14 / 3,976
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31 May 2008  #2

Chow-Chow

Are you sure you're on the right forum?
You can find info about Polish food here. Chow chow is not it.
JohnP Activity: - / 210
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1 Jun 2008  #3

Its sort of like a relish, lots of people made it where I grew up (I have no idea the origins of it...) but people would eat it on saltine crackers or every so often, a hot dog. I've not heard of anyone making it other than in pretty rural areas. Perhaps try a search for Appalachian recipes? I'm not sure the right spelling, either.

Good luck.

John P.
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2 Jun 2008  #4

Thank You for your reply. Definitely Polish receipe. Coal Mining regions of PA. There are Southern and Cajun varieties as well. Basically, all fresh vegtables cooked and put into canning jars.
Tamara Activity: 9 / 201
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2 Jun 2008  #5

Hi,

You might want to try a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook. That is where I see most of the recipes for chow chow. They serve it in all the restaurants in the Lancaster area.
buccos17  
20 Aug 2009  #6

There is a Polish/Eastern European version of Chow Chow. It uses more dill and less sugar. I'm slovak and I'm from central PA. Our family made this version of Chow Chow which is different from the southern variety. If I can find the recipe I'll post it.
Kraig's girl  
6 Sep 2009  #7

armadillopeppers.com/uploads/CHOW-CHOW_RELISH_Recipe.pdf

Try this link out. I was looking for the same recipe just recently. This is a Cajun Favorite where I am from, just 20 miles from the Louisiana state line. My Papa Francis made this in his kitchen and we all loved it. I never got all the great recipes from him before he passed on. But this is the closest I've found to his. This chow chow is great on EVERYTHING, put it in soups, stews gumbo, on eggs, I could go on and on. It's great to make up a large batch and can it or give the jars as gifts. Good luck with your batch. Mine came out great.

Just found a recipe for a larger version. the one I posted first makes four pint jars. This one should make a few quarts size jars. I encourage giving some of this to family and friends as gifts or in gift baskets around Christmas time this year.

Summer or Winter Chow Chow

1 gal. purple onions
1 gal. green tomatoes (summer or winter)
1 gal. large bunch celery
1 gal. cucumber (summer or winter)
1 gal. ground artichoke hearts
1 gal. chopped cabbage
1 sweet red pepper
Pistachio77 Activity: - / 7
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24 Sep 2009  #8

Hello all,

Hope everyone is doing well :)

I finally finished website with my favorite polish recipes- bestpolishrecipes.com !
Check this out if you like to cook. I also welcome readers' comments, both good and bad, as I continue to experiment with new recipes and new variants of old ones.

Hope you can enjoy and share with your family :)

Thanks!
XX
Pistachio
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24 Sep 2009  #9

Pistachio77

I finally finished website with my favorite polish recipes- bestpolishrecipes.com !
Check this out if you like to cook. I also welcome readers' comments, both good and bad, as I continue to experiment with new recipes and new variants of old ones.

Nice job with the website. Your Hunters Stew recipe:

One 33 ounce jar of Sauerkraut
One Savoy Cabbage
Two pounds beef
Two pounds pork
One pound of “breakfast” sausage links
½ pound smoked bacon
One pound Kielbasa
One onion
One SMALL can of Tomato paste or sauce
3 to 5 Bay Leaves
salt, pepper, oil, sugar, allspice

I don't know about all that beef and pork in there. Also, I never saw a recipe for a Hunters Stew with a breakfast sausage in it.

I do use mushrooms in mine, though. It's supposed to be a "hunters" stew, and they would put wild mushrooms in it, found in a forest.
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24 Sep 2009  #10

Thanks. That is right! I will look it over and modify it :)
TheOther Activity: 5 / 3,051
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24 Sep 2009  #11

Pistachio77
Any reason (other than scam) why you posted your "Hope everyone is doing well" message above 10 times or more onto PF?
Dice Activity: 15 / 456
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24 Sep 2009  #12

That's because the guy has some manners; unlike you, TheOther.
Pistachio77 Activity: - / 7
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24 Sep 2009  #13

I would like people add polish recipes to my website or share tips, so I wanted as many people to know about it as possible. That is why I posted message in few forums.

What is the point to built it for myself.
Btw- I modified the recipe- i did make no sense with breakfast sausage. I got it from a friend but she is third generation polish so I guess it got a bit modified, but tasted good when I tried at ther house.
TheOther Activity: 5 / 3,051
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24 Sep 2009  #14

That's because the guy has some manners

Are you for real? The mods shifted most of Pistachio77 posts to Off Topic. Guess why, mister Dice...
Pistachio77 Activity: - / 7
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24 Sep 2009  #15

For sure TheOther is not for real. And Pistachio is a girl...well mannered. Polish way!
PlasticPole Activity: 7 / 2,687
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24 Sep 2009  #16

I love Pistachios!
TheOther Activity: 5 / 3,051
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24 Sep 2009  #17

And Pistachio is a girl

I saw that, but Dice didn't ... :)

Polish way

Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not Polish. <g>

I love Pistachios!

77 of them?
Pistachio77 Activity: - / 7
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24 Sep 2009  #18

I figured...
TheOther Activity: 5 / 3,051
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24 Sep 2009  #19

Then why do you write "Polish way", lady? Aaaah well, never mind...
PlasticPole Activity: 7 / 2,687
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24 Sep 2009  #20

77 of them?

However many are in a package. The more the better.
TheOther Activity: 5 / 3,051
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24 Sep 2009  #21

The more the better

Including the pesticides and the occasional salmonella contamination? <g>
wildrover Activity: 98 / 4,462
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24 Sep 2009  #22

receipe for Chow-Chow.

I thought a Chow was a kind of dog.....I know the Chinese eat em but not the Poles surely.....or is it something else....?
TheOther Activity: 5 / 3,051
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24 Sep 2009  #23

I thought a Chow was a kind of dog

images.google.com/images?q=chow+chow

Yummy
PlasticPole Activity: 7 / 2,687
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24 Sep 2009  #24

Including the pesticides and the occasional salmonella contamination? <g>

We gotta get our vitamins from somewhere.
taylorsun7  
17 Jul 2010  #25

that is what they call garden mix....just type in chowchow recipes and it will come up
carmichaels  
3 Sep 2010  #26

dear stickybeak my motherr in law use to make chow-choww she would use onions green peppers red peppers yellowpeppers and she would chop theom all up she would add pickle spices i think she left it sit over night too she also add sugar to make alittle sweet then she would boil it the nest day then put into sterile jars and seals thats allthere is too it i hope this will help by the wasy i'm from pa to a small coal mining town if you would i will give you my email address and you can let me know how this turns out for my email is barbglendenning@ymail.com
Trevek Activity: 28 / 1,708
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3 Sep 2010  #27

a family receipe for Chow-Chow.

I thought a Chow was a kind of dog.....I know the Chinese eat em but not the Poles surely.....or is it something else....?

Maybe bake them in pastry, hence the Polish word 'pies'.
Polonius3 Activity: 980 / 11,681
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8 Sep 2010  #28

Polonia's cul³inary 'faux amis' (false friends) include city chicken, booyah and chow-chow. As some PF-ers have correctly noted, these are not Polish concoctions, but the old bread-seeking immirgants to the USA were exposed to them early on, adopted them to such an extent that many of their descendats became convinced they were 100% Polish. An example from my corner of the woods (SE Michigan) is city chicken (chunks or pork and veal, on a wooden skewer, breaded, fried and then baked -- very ncie BTW). It has been served at PolAm weddings for as far as anyone can remember and many PolAms regard it as something par excellence Polish. Know of any other examples?
JimmyJamm  
4 Jan 2011  #29

Huh ... Chow Chow was what MY Polish Parents & Grandparents ate. What Poland are you talking about z ? Are there any REAL Poloks here who can give us a good Chow Chow Recipe?

Huh ... Chow Chow was what MY Polish Parents & Grandparents ate. What Poland are you talking about z ? Are there any REAL Poloks here who can give us a good Chow Chow Recipe?
convex Activity: 20 / 3,988
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4 Jan 2011  #30

As Polonius mentioned, you might want to ask around locally. Down south (US), we eat it with beans. I haven't seen it in Poland.




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