Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Orangette's Pickled Grapes



I love anything pickled. Especially pickled eggs!

When I first told my husband that I was going to pickle some grapes, his response was "why?".
Because I can.

This was one of the recipes from Orangette Molly Wizenberg's book A Homemade Life that I have wanted to make since it came out.



After I saw that Debra & Kari both made this recipe with great success, I thought it would be ok to try, now that they have tested it out for me.

This takes no time at all to prepare, except for the waiting time in the fridge for the fruit to macerate fully. It gets better as the week goes by.

We tried this served with some cheeses, and it was delicious, however, I think it was best served over my lemon yogurt pound cake with the syrup dripping off the sides of the cake.
I also used the syrup in a salad dressing, and plan on making cocktails with the last few grapes.
I loved this recipe, and can't wait to make it again.
It is very special, and everyone that tried it (and I force everyone to try everything!) loved it too.



Pickled Grapes w/ Cinnamon & Black Pepper: (adapted from Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life)

1 pound seedless black grapes
1 cup white wine vinegar (I used cider vinegar)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 (2 1/2-inch) cinnamon stick, cut in half
1/4 teaspoon salt

Rinse and dry the grapes, and pull them carefully from their stems.
Using a small sharp knife, trim away the “belly button” at the stem end of the grape exposing a bit of the flesh inside. Put the grapes in a medium bowl.

In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour over the grapes in the bowl. Let cool.
Once cool, chill the grape and brine mixture in either mason jars in the refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnite.



Enjoy!

20 comments:

Lisa said...

I love anything pickled too so I am going to have to try this. Sounds real interesting and I never would have thought to pickle grapes.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I was intrigued by this recipe when I read the book too, and your endorsement makes me want to try it too. Is it something that would go well with a cheese platter, for instance?

Elra said...

Pickle grapes! my mouth water just to read the title. I love pickle. believe it or not, my snack choice during the day is pickle anything...

doggybloggy said...

these are the grown up flavors I am talking about --wow--

KennyT said...

This one seems easier than the Funghi Sott'olio I made earlier. I should try this pickled grapes out. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Stacey^^!

LaDue & Crew said...

Interesting! Sounds pretty yummy actually~

noble pig said...

I know it's so different but I'd love to try it.

SarahB said...

what will the cocktail be with the last few grapes??

Culinary Wannabe said...

How interesting! I bet it was awesome over the cake, but I'm never one to turn down a cocktail! :)

Dana said...

I love pickled vegetables but I'm not so sure about these grapes. I love the ideas you have for ways to use them though.

lisaiscooking said...

I keep hearing about these grapes! I'm going to have to break down and give them a try. I do like all kinds of pickled things.

Debbie said...

I'm not that big on pickled food but those grapes are certainly different. I love the dish you posted yesterday...the torta! Looks fantastic!

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

I love pickling vegetables. I never heard of pickling grapes before. very interesting. So how does the final product taste? Are the pickled grapes still firm?

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Delicious! I love pickling grapes great combination.

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Proud Italian Cook said...

I love how you force everyone to try stuff, so do I! :-)

Cate O'Malley said...

Such a unique recipe, you have *me* wanting to try it now...

RecipeGirl said...

This is the recipe that I've wanted to make most from Molly's book. It sounds so unique, and those are the kinds of recipes that draw me in! Looks like you did a good job with them. Can't wait to try it myself!

kat said...

This one is making us go hmmmm. But if you say its really good it must be.

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Anonymous said...

L.O.V.E.!!!!!! great pre-race snack :)