Vegetables are delicious pickled, but so are fruits. Think sweet fruit in a spicy and tart marinade.
This recipe for pickled apples, to celebrate National Apple Week, came to us from U.S. Apple.
According to A Healthier Michigan, the first full week in August is National Apple Week.
We can’t find other references for this holiday; but we didn’t want to wait for October to share this recipe (National Apple Month is October and National Apple Day is October 21st).
While a year-round relish, it goes well with grilled foods and other summer fare.
Never heard of pickled apples?
Jim Bair, president and CEO of U.S. Apple, the trade association of the apple industry, had mentioned that his grandmother’s pickled apples were a childhood favorite. They “were on the table at every meal,” he said.
Alas, Jim didn’t have a copy of the recipe, but Chef Dave Martin made a fairly good copycat, and Bair gave it his seal of approval.
Ingredients For 8-12 Servings
1. BRING to a boil in a medium saucepan, the vinegar, sugars, salt, cinnamon sticks, star anise, vanilla and peppercorns. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the apples and return to a boil.
2. TURN the heat to low and simmer for 6-8 minutes, until a paring knife inserted in center of apple meets a slight resistance. Stir in the dried cherries. Transfer to bowl and let cool.
3. COVER and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Serve or at room temperature. Stored for up to one month in fridge.
Tangy pickled apples are a counterpoint to rich dishes, and: