These slightly crunchy pickled onions are not only a great gift for Christmas, but also a terrific contribution to a backyard barbecue as a relish for burgers and hot dogs. —Laura Winemiller, Delta, Pennsylvania
This recipe came from my aunt, who for many years invited our family to her home for Christmas dinner. I took great delight in helping myself to this relish because she always served it in one of her fancy dishes, used only on the holidays.
-Ruth Collins, Blossvale, New York
With its festive color and refreshing citrus-cranberry flavor, this lovely relish works well at large holiday gatherings. It’s also convenient because you can make it in advance.
North Prairie, Wisconsin
My mom's delicious pickles, a Christmas tradition, are quick and easy to make since they start with a jar of purchased dill pickles and then are just "dressed up." They would make a nice gift from the kitchen in a pretty glass jar.—Denise Bitner, Reedsville, Pennsylvania
My son is a strawberry fanatic—anything with strawberries in it is a must-have in his book. I'll always remember the look on his face the first time he tried this. It was love! — Karen Wilkes, Lakewood, California
Now you can have all the goodness of crunchy sweet-sour pickles without going to the trouble of canning them. A batch of these puckery slices can keep in the freezer for up to 6 weeks—but they never last that long at my house!
— Jean Vance
Charlotte, North Carolina
These pickles are a great last-minute gift because they are so easy to make-a little horseradish adds zip to a jar of purchased pickles. They're in hot demand at Christmas! My husband and three grown sons can't get enough of them.
"This was the first 'country' recipe I received after moving away from the city—a farm wife neighbor shared it. I've made a few additions to it and gotten quite a few compliments," writes Jean Peterson of Mulliken, Michigan. "It's wonderful made with garden-fresh ingredients. Serve it with your favorite meat."
As soon as the spring Vidalia onions hit the market, this is one of the first recipes I make. I use it on hot dogs, bruschetta, cream cheese and crackers. It is so versatile. —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida