Wildcard Winner

Quick Pickled Apples

By • October 2, 2013 • 11 Comments

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: A new way to use apples, all season long.

Quick-Pickled Apples from Food52

WHO: Hardlikearmour is a fierce home cook and veterinarian living in Portland, Oregon.

WHAT: Your new autumn condiment, garnish, sandwich-topper, or snack.

HOW: Make a spiced, maple-sweetened brine, then pour over sliced apples. Refrigerate.

WHY WE LOVE IT: We love how simple hardlikearmour's recipe is -- we'll find ourselves turning to it whenever we have a bunch of apples on our hands. The pickles go perfectly with the rich, fatty foods we crave in the autumn -- and they'd be great on a holiday cheese board, too.

Quick Pickled Apples by hardlikearmour

Makes 1 pint

1 cup water
1 cup white wine or champagne vinegar
1/2 cup maple syrup, plus additional if desired (grade B if you can find it)
1 1/2 teaspoons pickling spice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large Pink Lady apples
2 to 3 star anise pods 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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11 months ago cheesypennies

I was a tester for these when originally part of the "maple community picks" and LOVED them. Especially in a grilled cheese sandwich. Photos here
Yay!!!

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11 months ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations HLA! These look fabulous.

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11 months ago Kukla

Warmest congratulations on your win HAL!!
I love all kind of pickles and definitely going to make some.


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11 months ago janetpdxor

Have you tried preserving these pickles by processing them in a hot water canning bath?

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11 months ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I have not. I tend to eat fruit pickles pretty quickly when I make them -- I have self-control issues with tangy things! I guess my biggest concern would be the texture holding up okay.

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11 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

And I see that the editors used that nifty corer/slicer/peeler tool available from Provisions, to get those thin, even slices . . . . making them perfect for the sandwiches mentioned in my other post! Nicely done. ;o)

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11 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Really good on sandwiches involving charcuterie and/or sharp cheeses, too. I've made/canned just about every fruit pickle possible since early July (well, other than strawberries), but have not done any apples yet. Definitely going to make some this weekend. Congrats, HLA! ;o)

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11 months ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thank you all! What a pleasant surprise, and great reminder to make some fruit pickles.

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11 months ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Me too! Hurrah HLA!

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11 months ago EmilyC

I second Abbie's comment! Congrats on the well-deserved win!

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11 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

WOOT! Love this!!!