Everyone loves pickled peppers and are great for salads or to serve as a side dish with a sandwich or any meat item. Whether old or young, no one can ever get enough of these little pieces of spicy surprise!
The spice can be adjusted and lowered by removing the seeds from the peppers but if you are a spice lover, let the seeds be there and enjoy your taste buds dance a little more than regular!
Pickle Peppers Recipe
Level: Very easy (beginner)
- ½ pound of jalapenos if you want less spicy ones, go for the larger ones
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar it can be substituted with white wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar, according to your preference
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tbsp of honey or sugar, whatever you prefer
- 2 cloves of peeled and smashed garlic
- 1 tsp of salt
Start by preparing your peppers and make sure you wear gloves so that your hands don’t burn and you don’t hurt your eyes (accidently, like most of us!). If you want your pickles to be less spicy, use a paring knife and remove the jalapeno’s membranes and seeds before slicing it into pieces.
Now slice the jalapenos thinly with a chef’s knife. You can also put the jalapenos under running water and wash them to remove all the extra spice. Knock off the remaining jalapeno seeds and you should be good to go!
Slice the top of the bell pepper and remove the membrane and seeds of this too in order to control the spice. Chop the bell pepper into pieces.
Now take a large jar and combine the sliced jalapenos and smashed garlic together. Mix them well.
In a saucepan, combine the vinegar/white wine vinegar/distilled vinegar (whatever you have chosen), water, salt, and honey/sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil.
Keep stirring the mixture so that the honey/sugar dissolves well in the liquid.
Once the mixture is ready, remove it from heat and pour it over the peppers.
Pock down the peppers using a butter knife without smashing them into each other only to make them fit together closely. Make sure there are no air pockets in between them.
Let the pickled jar cool at room temperature before serving, without the lid on. Once it has cooled down, put on the airtight lid and refrigerate it for further use. The airtight jar will help the pickles stay fresh for a month but are best when served fresh!)
The peppers might be ready to eat immediately if sliced super thinly or might take some days to settle down and be ready to gulp. Just take a bite now and then to check whether or not they are ready to be served.
Serve in a subway sandwich, in tacos, as a side to grilled meat, in burgers or anything you like as these are the best go-to companion and go well with every item!
- Honey is substituted in place of sugar if you are more inclined towards health benefits. It’s a better option as its natural and good for diabetics too!
- If you are a vegan, simply substitute honey for maple syrup, agave nectar or sugar and continue the whole process in the same way.