With it being the third day of October, the weather has definitely taken a dive for the worse. It’s starting to smell like fall in Montreal! And what’s better to do on a chilly Friday than plan a Mexican fiesta, make yourself a margarita with a jalapeno garnish, browse some links, and eat some tacos? Unless it’s Yom Kippur for you, and then you will do none of that, but your soul and waistline will probably thank you.
But if a Mexican fiesta is a part of your Friday/Saturday night plan, I’ve got just the thing for it – tangy, sweet, spicy quick-pickled jalapeno peppers, ready in under 30 minutes (plus 24 hours of pickling, if you can wait that long). These babies are perfectly ready to spice up any drink, salad, or sandwich. I for one will be having them on an extra large order of vegan nachos tonight, because I’m having some friends over and nothing says party like nachos.
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Quick-pickled jalapeno peppers
- 1 lb fresh jalapenos whole
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs coarse salt
- a few strands of fresh thyme or oregano
- 1 Tb cumin seeds
Wearing gloves, wash jalapenos and slice them into rings (be careful not to touch your eye or any other sensitive parts during this process!). Pack jalapenos into one quart-sized jar.
Combine all other ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring them to a boil. As soon as mixture is boiling, which won't take long, remove from heat and pour into jars and onto jalapenos. Let cool before tasting and placing in the fridge. For full flavour, let the jalapeno rings marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes to 24 hours. They will keep in the fridge for months.
Use with nachos, in salads, wraps, or with soups.