Saturday, May 2, 2020

Easy Pickled Red Onions

My life has not been the same since I discovered I like pickled vegetables. I do not like actual PICKLES, so was hesitant to make any pickled vegetable.   After better understanding what makes a vegetable "pickled", I realized it's not the pickled part I do not like about pickles, its the dill.  Yuk. Since most pickles are dill pickles, you can see why I decided all pickled thing were gross.   Pickling vegetables is so easy, and adds some crunch and ZING to dishes.   I talked about this back in 2012 in a blog post about Banh Mi, check it out here - Grilled Banh Mi Sandwiches.


Pickled red onions are amazing.  They are good on so many things, the main thing being tacos. Any kind of tacos.  Think tacos are boring?  Looking for a new take on your go-to taco recipe?  Just want to jazz the up a bit?  Look no further than pickled red onions!  It's so easy, and I'm telling you, you will be addicted once you start making these. 

Large red onion, sliced

Bring pickling mixture to a boil

simmering the pickling liquid. Warning, do not put your face over the steam.  It is STRONG. 

Pour hot liquid over onions and stir until well coated. Break apart the onion. 

After hanging out in the refrigerator for 5 hours

Make yourself some tasty tacos with your favorite toppings, including pickled red onion

Enjoy your tasty taco! 

1-1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno pepper (or any hot pepper of your choosing), thinly sliced
2 dried bay leaves
1 large red onion, thinly sliced

1. Combine ingredients through bay leaves in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
2. Put your sliced onion in a glass container, enough to cover with the liquid.  Cover with the liquid and let sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to get a good coat on the onions.
3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
4. Drain, discard bay leaves, and eat!

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