Gentleman’s Relish is a good, old fashioned relish with a very strong distinctive taste. It is made from anchovies, butter, herbs and spices. If you don’t like anchovies, you won’t like this relish. It comes in small, crockery containers and is quite expensive, but a little goes a long way.
You can spread it on buttered bread or toast; many like to top with scrambled eggs and anchovy fillets.
The designs on the lids of the porcelain crocks change every so often. For instance, a “Farmyard Animals” design was introduced in the fall of 2005. Some people consider the containers very collectible.
Good in any recipe which calls for a hint of anchovy. Goes well with lamb.
Invented in 1828 by an Englishman named John Osborn living in Paris. Like Lea & Perrins, the recipe has been kept a secret ever since. Made today only in Elsenham, England.
Called “Gentleman’s Relish” because it was assumed the strong, savoury taste was better suited to men’s taste buds. The Latin alias name was a marketing addition for snob appeal.