There’s nothing quite like homemade quick pickles of any sort. Pickled radishes are easy to make and oh-so-delicious on burgers, salads, sandwiches or tacos…and sure to please guests as part of a holiday relish tray.
2 bunches radishes
1 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup apple-cider vinegar
1 cups water
3 Tbsp sugar/maple syrup
2 tsp peppercorns
2 clove garlic, peeled/smashed
2-3 tsp kosher salt
Generous pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp whole mustard seeds (optional)
Remove radish tops/tails and thinly slice radishes. Pack slices into a quart-sized canning jar along with peppercorns, garlic and red pepper flakes/mustard seeds (if using). Place jar in the sink as it’s a safe place for potential splatters, in preparation for adding brine.
In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar or maple syrup and salt. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture into the jar, over radishes.
Let mixture cool to room temperature, then secure lid/refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve immediately, or they’ll keep up to 2 weeks, refrigerated.
These are sweet-salty-spiced flavor bombs that’re sure to get your party started right! A hint of pumpkin pie spice gives ‘em that unmistakably Fall feeling.
8 slices thin-cut bacon
16 medjool dates
4 oz goat cheese
¼ cup honey
¼ – ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice (pre-mixed, or use recipe below)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 ½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground allspice
Pinch fresh-ground black pepper (less than 1/8 tsp)
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Preheat oven to 350°, line a raised-edge sheet pan with parchment paper.
Slice dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove pits/crowns.
Using a spoon, stuff small amount of goat cheese into each date. Press sides together to close. Cut bacon slices in half; wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Arrange evenly on prepared sheet pan, bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and, holding toothpicks, turn each date so it’s lying on another side. Bake another 5-8 minutes and repeat, turning dates so each side of the bacon gets crispy.
While dates cook, combine honey and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.
Remove dates from oven and place on paper-towel-lined plate to drain. After 3-5 minutes, move dates to serving plate and drizzle with spiced honey. Serve immediately.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
In a small bowl, whisk everything together evenly, making sure to break up any clumps of ground ginger.