"I've been experimenting with pickle making for years, and I’m still trying to create the ultimate pickle," writes Margaret Berardi of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Keep this relish-like topping on hand all summer in the fridge.
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 10 min. + chilling
- 1 medium onion, cut into 1/8-inch slices
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- In a small bowl, toss onion with 1 teaspoon salt; let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, garlic, mustard seed, mustard, celery seed and remaining salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in onion; simmer 3 minutes longer or until onion is heated through, stirring often.
- Transfer to a serving dish. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts1/4 cup: 28 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.
Originally published as Onion Pickles in Cooking for 2 Summer 2008