Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pickled Asparagus For Picnic Weddings

Having a picnic wedding? Or an outdoor garden wedding? Need some tasty treats to serve as appetizers?
Why not make some pickled asparagus? These delish veggies offer the tang of pickles but with a twist. Plus they are a little bit more 'gourmet' than your garden variety pickles. Consider wrapping them in prosciutto--yum!
The recipe is also courtesy of Chef's Forum which is a great place to visit and click through all their other great food ideas.

30 asparagus spears
1/3 cup coarse salt
2 quarts cold water
1 2/3 cups distilled white vinegar
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 1/2 teaspoons dill seed
1 white onion, sliced into rings
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
2 sprigs fresh dill


Trim the cut end of the asparagus spears, and cut into 3 inch lengths. Place in a large bowl with 1/3 cup salt, and cover with water. Let stand for 2 hours. Drain & rinse under cool water, pat dry.

Sterilize two pint size wide mouth jars in simmering water for 5 minutes.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, mustard seed, dill seed and onion rings. Bring to a boil, and boil for one minute.

Pack the asparagus spears, tips up, in the hot jars leaving 1/2 of space from the rim.
Tuck one dill sprig into each jar, and sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
Pour hot pickling liquid into the jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the rim. Wipe rims with a clean damp cloth, and seal with lids.
Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Cool to room temperature. Check seals when cool by pressing the center of the lid. It should not move.
Label and date; store in a cool dark place. If any jars have not sealed properly, refrigerate and eat within two weeks.

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