Wednesday, 24 September 2014

PICKLED CAULIFLOWER WITH CARROTS AND RED BELL PEPER

Pickled Cauliflower with Carrots & Red Bell Pepper

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Serve these pickles as part of an appetizer spread with fresh tomatoes, olives, flatbread, and hummus or baba ghanoush. They’re also tasty alongside grilled meats.
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  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. black or brown mustard seeds (or substitute yellow)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 5 medium cloves garlic, lightly crushed and peeled
  • Three 1/4-inch-thick slices peeled fresh ginger
  • One-half small yellow onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • One-half head cauliflower, cut into 1-1/2- to 2-inch florets (about 4 cups)
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal (about 2 cups)
  • One-half red bell pepper, cut into large dice (about 1 cup)
Put the coriander, mustard, and cumin seeds in a small saucepan. Toast the spices over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until fragrant and slightly darkened, about 2 minutes. Add the vinegar, garlic, ginger, onion, sugar, salt, peppercorns, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and 1 cup water to the toasted spices. Bring to a boil.
For quick (refrigerator) pickles:
Pack the cauliflower, carrots, and bell pepper in a 2-qt. heat-resistant glass bowl or measuring cup. Pour the hot brine over the vegetables. Let cool to room temperature and then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 and up to 14 days.
For canned pickles:
Pack the vegetables into clean, hot pint jars. Pour the hot brine over the vegetables, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles by slowly raising and lowering a chopstick or a plastic blade around the inside of the jars (a trapped air bubble may shatter a jar as it heats). If you have extra brine, strain it and distribute the solids among the jars. Wipe the jars' lids with a damp cloth before putting on the lids. Secure the lids with screw bands tightened by hand.  Process for 10 minutes,. Store the pickles for at least 2 but preferably 7 days (or longer) before opening. Refrigerate after opening.*.finecooking.com