Bostongurka - Pickled Cucumber Relish
Bostongurka tastes amazing in a burger and as a relish with meat, fish or vegetarian dishes. The name 'Bostongurka' has nothing to do with the city of Boston but is purely a brand name of a product invented in 1945 by a second world war refugee from Czechoslovakia named Herbert Felix. His last name is still to this day synonymous with Swedish pickles. Felix is one of biggest Swedish food brands.
Below is our recipe for how to make your own home made Pickled Cucumber Relish, which is the perfect accompaniment with burgers and hot dogs, as well as meat and fish dishes.
1 kg cucumbers
2 peppers (in different colours)
1 clove of garlic
For the pickling brine:
2 dl caster sugar
2 1/2 dl (250 ml)Ättika 12%, Swedish spirit vinegar. Alternatively use strong White Wine Vinegar to taste.
2 tbsp salt
3 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 finely chopped chili (optional)
Mix the ingredients for the pickling brine in a large pan, bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Peel and chop the onion finely. Wash and chop the cucumbers and peppers finely. Peel and crush the garlic. Mix all the vegetables in a large bowl, and place in sterilised picking jars. Pour over the boiling hot pickling sauce all the way to the top. Seal the jars and leave to cool. Store in the fridge for at least a few days before serving.