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Quick Pickles – Cauliflower and Red Onions

Cauliflower and Red Onion Quick Pickles in mason jars

Quick pickles are popular, especially if you watch the food show competitions. It’s a quick and easy way to add a crunchy texture and boost flavor using acid, salt, sugar, herbs, and/or spices. This recipe for Quick Pickled Cauliflower and Red Onions uses fresh ginger and serrano chilies.

These quick pickles can be used within 20 minutes or so of a quick brine; simply use an ice bath* to quickly chill before serving. Store remaining pickles in jars with the brine. The pickles continue to soak up the brine and the vegetables soften a little over time.

I created this quick pickle recipe to go with the Za’atar Chicken and Quinoa Salad, the pungency of the pickles complements the dish nicely as does the crunchy texture.

*ice bath – fill a large bowl with ice and a little cold water. Place a smaller bowl with the pickled vegetables in the center. Stir occasionally to cool evenly.

How to Make Quick Pickles

Combine water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, chilies, salt, coriander and cumin seeds, ginger and salt in a medium-size saucepan over high heat, once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a gentle boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Turn the heat off and stir in the cauliflower and onions. Let steep for 10 minutes.

Ladle the vegetables into jars and pour the brine over the vegetables. Strain the remaining liquid and divide the garlic, chilies, seeds and ginger evenly between the jars.

Cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 months.

To use immediately, fill a large bowl with ice and cold water, place a smaller bowl in the center and fill with the quick pickles. Stir frequently to chill evenly.

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Cauliflower and Red Onion Quick Pickles in a mason jar

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Quick Pickled Cauliflower and Red Onions

Try this recipe for a quick and easy side for extra flavor and texture.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 cups
  • Category: Condiments

Ingredients

1 small cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets
½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
4 cups cold water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup coarsely chopped cloves garlic, about 6 cloves
3 serrano chilies, halved or dried chilies
2 tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon diced fresh ginger, about a 1-inch piece

Instructions

Combine water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, chilies, salt, coriander and cumin seeds, ginger and salt in a medium-size saucepan over high heat, once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a gentle boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Turn the heat off and stir in the cauliflower and onions. Let steep for 10 minutes.

Ladle the vegetables into jars and pour the brine over the vegetables. Strain the remaining liquid and divide the garlic, chilies, seeds and ginger evenly between the jars.

Cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 months.

Notes

To use immediately, fill a large bowl with ice and cold water, place a smaller bowl in the center and fill with the quick pickles. Stir frequently to chill evenly.

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Saffron Pickled Shallots

Condiment

One of my new favorite restaurants is Gato. I’m a big Bobby Flay fan and have been for years. It was a real disappointment when he closed Bolo several years ago, I loved the menu and the food. Gato makes up for that loss in a big way. One of my favorite small plates is Mussel and Clam Salad with Saffron Pickled Shallots. The entire dish is sublime, but those saffron pickled shallots really blew me away. I knew I had to try and replicate the recipe!

It’s a Quick Pickle!

This is a quick pickle recipe and super simple to make. Boil water, vinegar, sugar, salt and saffron for 5 minutes.

Condiment

Dump in the sliced shallots and cook and another 5 minutes. Then let them steep in the pan off heat for 15 minutes.

Condiment

I thought these saffron pickled shallots would be a real treat on chicken liver pate and sandwiches, especially tuna. Strew a few shallots in salads and include a little of the pickle brine in the dressing.

Use a mandolin or vegetable slicer to make slices of uniform thickness. These keep for a couple months in the refrigerator. Store in a mason jar or reuse an old pickle jar.

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Saffron Pickled Shallots

Condiment

Use a mandolin or vegetable slicer to make slices of uniform thickness. These keep for a couple months in the refrigerator. Store in a mason jar or reuse an old pickle jar.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Category: Condiment

Ingredients

  • 1 cups thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and saffron in a medium-size saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the sugar and salt are dissolved and the brine is a golden, stir in the shallots and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Place in a storage container and once completely, cover and store in the refrigerator.