Growing up, my elementary school, Erwin Street Elementary had a fall festival each year. Some classrooms had a different game theme, one classroom housed all the prizes where one could "buy" stuff with the winning tickets. Yet, my most favorite classroom of all had a huge barrel filled with the fattest pickles I had ever seen. The classroom with the barrel of pickles was the place I searched out first. I could still remember what they tasted like. And I can still remember the feeling I got with that first bite of that sour, tart pickle!
Each summer I end up pickling some sort of veggies. This past week I choose English cucumbers, radishes, and purple onions. I also threw in a shallot, sliced thin! The pulled pork could stand on it's own, but adding these veggies made it that much better.
Wish I had some photos of the sandwiches. I made 5 pounds. Thinking it was way too much, I decided to invite some friends over. All 5 pounds was polished off, leaving NO leftovers. Thus, no photos! Guess, I am just going to have to make another roast. I don't think my family will be disappointed!
original recipe here
yield: 4 cups
1 English cucumber, sliced thin
1 small red onion, sliced thin
10 radishes, sliced thin
1 shallot, sliced thin
3 Tbls. coarse salt
2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 Tbls. whole black peppercorns
2 tsp. mustard seeds
2 tsp. whole coriander seeds
• using a madoline( mine is 30 years old and probably the least expensive one out there), slice veggies about 1/8" - 1/4" thick. toss veggies with 2 tablespoons kosher salt in a large colander, set over a bowl. Set in fridge for an hour.
• rinse veggies well. pat dry and place in a clean glass jar.
• bring remaining 1 tablespoon salt, vinegar, sugar, peppercorns, mustard and coriander seeds to a simmer in a small saucepan. simmer 5 minutes.
• pour over vegetables, let cool for 1 hour. cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 weeks.
* they also make a terrific, low-cal, mid afternoon snack!