Recipe

Pickled Garlic Cloves

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Recipe Information

Total Time: More than 2 hours; 15 to 30 minutes active
Servings: 16 tablespoons

Pickled garlic? You bet! This simple pickled garlic clove recipe is made by adding whole peeled garlic cloves to a flavorful brine. Use almost any type of clear vinegar—white, red or cider vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup garlic cloves, peeled, cut in half if large
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white or red vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Preparation

  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes; drain. Transfer the garlic to a 2-cup glass canning jar (or other heatproof jar) with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Combine 2/3 cup water, vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour the hot pickling solution into the jar. Let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours for the flavors to develop.

Serving Suggestions

Serve as part of an antipasti spread or chop and add to pasta salad, vinaigrettes or stir-fries. Use the freshest garlic you can find to make the best pickles.

Nutritional Information

14 calories; 0 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 12 mg sodium