Peter Parker Pickled Onions
I recently went to our dear friends' housewarming/baby shower where they hosted a super fun taco bar. Lots of things made the taco bar fun, but the homemade pickled onions made it EXTRA fun. Why? Because it was then that I decided to experiment like a mad scientist with my own pickled onions. This super easy recipe is what you get with the ingredients I found around the house. I really only experimented once, so maybe I'm a lazy mad scientist. Anyway, the pickled onions were delicious with our homemade Mexican rice bowls and I expect that they'll be equally delicious with our homemade chicken shawarma rice bowls this coming week. Culinary Doctor Doom would be proud. DOOOOOOOOM!
Speaking of Doctor Doom, can I note that Doombot from Rainbow Rowell's current run on Runaways has somehow become one of my favorite characters in comics? I should have called this Doombot Pickled Onions. Oh well.
As far as mason jars go, I like the wide mouth ones like this one because they make serving easier.
- red onion - 1 large
- water - 1 cup
- white wine vinegar - 0.5 cups
- apple cider vinegar - 0.5 cups
- bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup - 3 tbsp
- sea salt - 3 tsp
- crushed red pepper - 2 tsp
- Go get two 16- or 20-oz mason jar.
- Halve onion, halve half the half, and cut into thin slices.
- Stuff the equivalent of half a sliced onion into each mason jar.
- Contemplate that the author of this article tried to make a geeky play on Peter Piper and -- despite realizing that "onion" broke the alliteration -- went with the title anyway.
- In a small pot, mix all the non-onion ingredients and bring to a simmer.
- CAREFULLY pour the mixture into the mason jars.
- Press onions into the mixture.
- Let rest until cooled to room temp.
- Stick it in the fridge, stick in the fridge, stick it in the fridge... stick it in the fridge.
- They're good to eat when cool, but even better after 24 hours.
- I've heard these can keep well for up to two weeks, but use good judgement and don't give yourself food poisoning.
- Use gratuitously on rice bowls, burgers, and whatever else makes you happy.