Quick Pickled Green Tomatoes
Today, we’re diving into the world of pickled green tomatoes. These tangy, crunchy delights are not just for snacking; they make the perfect addition to sandwiches, burgers, and so much more. Plus, we’re going to make them quick and easy. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get pickling!
- 2.5 pounds of green tomatoes (cherry or slicers work great)
- 2.5 cups of apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
- 2.5 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 1 head of garlic
- 1-2 onions, sliced
- Coriander seeds
- Mustard seeds
- Black peppercorns
- Bay leaves (1 per jar)
- Celery seeds
- Red pepper flakes or dried peppers
The Pickling Process:
Prep Your Tomatoes: First things first, wash your green tomatoes and slice them however you like. If you’re using cherry tomatoes, halve or quarter them. For slicers, go for rounds or wedges.
Pickling Spice Mix: In a large pot, combine your apple cider vinegar, water, and salt. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat. This is where we add the flavor bomb – the spices. Throw in a pinch of each: coriander seeds, cumin, caraway, turmeric, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, and a bay leaf. Want some heat? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dried pepper. Adjust the spice level according to your taste.
Pack the Jars: In the meantime, pack your sterilized mason jars with those lovely green tomato slices. Toss in some sliced onions and a clove of garlic in each jar. Packing them with love!
Fill ‘Em Up: Once your pickling liquid is simmering and fragrant, carefully pour it into the jars, leaving about 1/4-inch headspace at the top.
Seal the Deal: Secure the lids onto the jars. Let the jars cool down to room temperature. You might hear a satisfying “pop” as they seal.
Chill Out: Pop your jars in the fridge and let them chill for at least 48 hours. Patience is key here, folks. The longer they sit, the better they’ll taste!
How to Enjoy Your Pickled Green Tomatoes:
Straight from the Jar: The simplest way to enjoy these tangy treats is to snack on them straight from the jar. The satisfying crunch and zesty flavor will keep you coming back for more.
On a Sandwich: Elevate your sandwiches with pickled green tomatoes. They add a delightful punch to any burger, sub, or panini.
Salads: Toss them into your salads for a burst of flavor and texture. They’re a game-changer in a garden salad or a hearty pasta salad.
Appetizer Platter: Impress your guests by including pickled green tomatoes on a charcuterie or appetizer platter. They pair wonderfully with cheeses, cured meats, and crackers.
Bloody Marys: Take your Bloody Mary game to the next level by garnishing it with a pickled green tomato. It’s a zesty twist you won’t want to miss.
Homemade Salsas: Dice up these pickled gems to add a tangy twist to homemade salsas and relishes.
As a Side: They’re a fantastic side dish for grilled meats or a BBQ spread. The acidity cuts through the richness of the main course.
So there you have it, folks! Quick Pickled Green Tomatoes that are easy, tangy, and packed with flavor. With a little patience, you’ll have a versatile condiment that’ll transform your dishes from ordinary to extraordinary.