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Pickled Onion Recipe for Christmas

This one is for those pickled onions lovers and perfect for that Christmas snacking throughout the day. Or, this is a great recipe to use as buffet food for any Christmas parties you may be hosting.

Intended for those real foodie lovers and who are willing to prepare this a couple of months in advance for Christmas. Only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, then 24 hours' brining time. All you have to do after that, is leave them to mature for a month or two (they get better the longer you leave them), and then serve them up at Christmas! 

Ingredients:

  • 500g shallots or pickling onions
  • 1 tsp mixed peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 400ml malt vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 60g salt
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cm cube fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 75g demerara sugar

Equipment:

  • Pan
  • Measuring Jug
  • Sealable jars (approx. 16)
  • Hob
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Chopping board
  • Large Bowl

Method:

  1. Make brine – put the salt in a pan with 600ml water, bring it to the boil then cool.
  2. Peel the shallots – top and tail, pop into a bowl, pour some boiling water over them for a few minutes, then drain. They should now peel very easily.
  3. Add the peeled shallots to the brine, cover, then leave for 24 hours somewhere cool. After 24 hours, wash them under cold water, then drain and dry carefully.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients to a pan, heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  5. Sterilise the jars in a hot oven for 10 minutes or so.
  6. Add the shallots to the jars. Remove the ginger and cinnamon from the vinegar mix.
  7. Pour the mix over the onions and make sure each jar has bits of the spices in.
  8. Seal jar the jars and store in a cool, dry place for at least 1 month. They’ll be better after 2 months though!

Voila perfect pickled onions!

Chef’s tip: for extra spicy onions add a small fresh chilli that has been pierced with a fork to each jar.

Let us know how you get on, by sharing your creation and tagging us on social media. 

Looking for ways to make your Christmas feast spectacular this year? Feel free to check out our other Christmas Recipes, including our Mincemeat Recipe, our recipe for making the Perfect Roast Potatoesand our recipe for making the most succulent Christmas Roast Turkey!

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