Friday, November 2, 2012

Spicy Garlicky Bread and Butter Pickles

I think I do things a little backwards sometimes. Usually people go to the grocery store looking for the ingredients they need for a recipe.  I go to the grocery store to see what I can buy to make a recipe with instead.  My local store had pickling cucumbers bagged in 2 1/2 pound bags for $1.  How could I just pass them up at that deal?  So I brought them home and then figured out I better make something with them and the winner was... Spicy Garlicky Bread and Butter Pickles.  These pickles go great on a burger, cut up into a tuna salad, or straight out of the jar. 

2-3lbs (6-7 cups sliced) pickling cucumbers
1/4 cup sea salt
enough water and ice to fill bowl
1 large red onion sliced thick 

Pickling liquid:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp celery seeds
1/2 turmeric powder
1 heaping Tbs grated garlic

Slice cucumbers to desired thickness.  Place in bowl with salt, ice and enough water to submerge the cucumbers for 2 hours. Drain cucumbers and prepare the pickling liquid with all the above ingredients.  Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. 
 Slice red onions and place with cucumbers.  Then pour the hot pickling liquid over the onions and cucumbers.  Mix well.

Allow pickles to cool before placing in jars and putting them in the refrigerator.  Marinate pickles for 24 hours before using. Enjoy.

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  1. Fantastic, love it with some grilled meats too.

  2. i LOVE pickles, not a huge fan of bread and butter, but adding a spicy garlic twist to it makes me want to eat them!

  3. Yum! I love the addition of the red onion both for taste and for color. Great pickle recipe. :)

  4. Mmm, I love homemade pickles! This recipe sounds wonderful!

  5. Spicy and garlicky? Perfection! I really need to get into preserving.

  6. You know what, people who shop like you are a real cook! ;) We love pickles and this looks yummy!

  7. I am going to have to try this recipe. I love garlic pickles. I just wish I could find baby cucumbers here in cali to can with.

  8. You even make gourmet pickles.... Love it :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Lovely pickles, dear! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. If you're backwards, I'm backwards too! I go... see what's on sale ... and then make up a dish from there! And I can only imagine how amazing these pickles were! Spicy and garlicy! (and beautifully photographed I might add!!). Just lovely! And can I just say.... oh how I've missed you too, my friend! HUGS!!!

  11. Ha! I do the same thing at the store too. I see something I want to buy, then have to think of a recipe to make with it. Great pickles!

  12. Mmm, that is such a good idea, my husband will love it.

  13. Bread and butters are my new favorite pickles. I just love how you go about recipe development. Very creative!!

  14. This pickles must pack a punch with all those different spices!

  15. I love Bread & Butter Pickles. This recipe has a slight GARLIC twist to it compared to the one I usually use...Love the taste of garlic, so this recipe I will definately use with the lovely fresh cucumbers just picked from my garden. Thanks for the inspiration. Lynda R


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