The plethora of beautiful produce available in the summer can be overwhelming, and I’ll admit it, I will pickle anything I can get my hands on. I've tried everything from pickled pumpkin (delicious) to tomatoes (not the biggest fan, but worth a try).
I had a version of these pickles in Mexico a few years ago, and the flavor was so unique that I had to develop my own recipe. These mixed vegetable pickles are acidic and crunchy, and pair well with anything strong enough to stand up to the potent cinnamon and allspice. I recommend a sandwich with a hefty serving of pig.
- olive oil, enough to generously coat the bottom of the pot
- 1 head garlic, split in half horizontally
- 6 allspice berries
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 2 fresh chile peppers
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- red wine or apple cider vinegar
- shallots, cipollini or any small version from the allium family, peeled and sliced in half
- carrots, sliced into strips or batons
- small potatoes (boiled until slightly tender)
- cauliflower, beets or whatever catches your eye at the market
- Combine all the ingredients for the pickle base in a pot large enough to hold all of your pickles and place over medium low heat.
- Add the shallots and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
- Add the carrots and whichever other vegetable you choose to pickle and simmer until the carrots are cooked through but still crisp.
- Turn off the heat and add enough vinegar to coat the vegetables. Resist eating them for a few hours and at least three days for optimum flavor. They will keep for two weeks stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
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