I’ve loved pickles ever since I was a kid – in fact I loved them so much that close family members knew that spare pickle spears (the ones you get with a burger and such) were to be immediately surrendered to me. I could eat them all day – in fact, one summer not too long ago I bought a massive jar and finished the entire thing off while watching black & white films with my sister. I probably should have died from salt intake, but boy is it amazing what the human body puts up with!
Here’s a super simple, easy recipe for half-sour pickles. Now I’m a mostly indiscriminate pickle lover except for one type – those sweet butter kind. I hate ’em. Which is why you’ll never catch me makin’ them. Now these, they’re not like normal salty green hamburger pickles – the garlic flavor really gives them this mouthwatering freshness and bite! They go great with burgers and sandwiches, as well as all by themselves. But seriously, this recipe is so easy that you’re going to love impressing people with your “home-made pickles” – they’ll think you’re a culinary genius!
- 3 Kirby Cucumbers*
- 3 Cloves of Garlic, thoroughly smashed
- 1/4 Cup of White Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- Pinch of salt
- Slice up those kirby cucumbers to ideal pickle size – you can do spears or the normal “chip” shape. Pop them in a glass heat-safe bowl or cup – something that they’ll fit comfortably in – then take your vinegar and pour it on top of your cucumbers.
- In a small pot or pan, combine your water, sugar, pinch of salt and 3 smashed garlic cloves. Once the mixture begins to boil remove from heat and pour it over your cucumber/pickle mixture.
- Five minutes is enough time for your cucumber slices to absorb all that flavor and emerge as tasty pickles! Take them to BBQ’s, picnics, and the next time you have an insatiable craving!
- * The recipe should turn out the same if you use normal or hot house or “English” cucumbers, in case you can’t get a hold of kirby.