I love pickles. I love the crunch and vinegary bite! They are such a great accompaniment for so many things and the possibilities are endless when it come to making them. You can pickle so many different things other than just cucumbers! Pickled onions are a delicious topping for an array of foods, especially tacos. Unusual pickles, like pickled asparagus, are sometimes seen as garnish for a Bloody Mary. Pickles are a great way to add a little acid and a little crunch to a dish for balance.
Making your own pickles seems like one of those things left to people who are experts or have a ton of time on their hands, but the truth is they are actually very easy and quick! The first step in how to pickle is decide what type of pickle you want. I prefer saltier dill pickles as opposed to sweet ones, so the recipe I have included is for garlic dill pickles. Then decide what you want to pickle! This recipe included is traditional cucumber pickles. Pickles can take as little time as an hour in the fridge.
Here is a recipe for garlic dill pickles. They great on burgers, with barbecue, or on their own!
Garlic Dill Pickles
1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
2 T sugar
1 T black peppercorns
1/2 yellow onion
3-4 cloves garlic
2-3 sprigs of dill
Slice cucumbers into discs and slice the onion. Lay onions and cucumbers in a shallow baking dish. In a pot, combine all ingredients except the cucumbers and onion. Bring to a boil, making sure all the salt and sugar is dissolved. Pour hot liquid over the cucumbers and onions. Refrigerate for minimum of one hour before serving. Enjoy!
These pickles would be great with Thanksgiving turkey. Be sure to check out The Chopping Block's cooking class calendar for all the awesome Thanksgiving classes we are offering, especially our new Taste of Thanksgiving. This three-hour event will teach you everything you need to know to make the entire holiday meal. It's part education, all fun and total feast!