In the meantime, I thought I would post this easier recipe I adapted from the September 2006 issue of Gourmet (RIP) magazine. To be honest, the main adapting I did was to significantly reduce the number of vegetables I used. I think I am going to be a "less is more" kind of pickler. I like to have just two or three different vegetables pickled together. Of course that may change over time, but for now it seems to be my pattern.
Since pickling the cauliflower and red pepper in the photo above, I have added garlic and beets to the mix. Red beets turn everything a lovely shade of pink; golden beets add a mellower golden tone to everything. I highly recommend either, or both.
If you are new to pickling, this recipe is foolproof and the results are delicious. The only pickling ingredient you may not already have is the mustard seeds, and you should be able to find them at any grocery store.So what are you waiting for? Let's get pickling!
Home Cookin Chapter: My Recipes:
PICKLED CAULIFLOWER AND RED PEPPERS2-1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
3 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
5 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1/2 tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes
1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and broken into florets
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
In a 3-quart nonreactive saucepan, bring the first 6 ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a large glass mixing bowl and let cool at least half an hour.
Prepare a large bowl with ice and cold water and set aside. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the cauliflower and cook until tender but still crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to the ice water to stop the cooking. Cook the red peppers the same way and add them to the ice water bath.
Add the cauliflower and the peppers to the pickling liquid. Weigh them down with a plate to keep them submerged, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 day before eating.
adapted from Gourmet Magazine, September 2006
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