Balsamic pickled onions with chilli and thyme
What’s better than a ploughman’s platter with a side of lip-smacking pickled onions? A platter with homemade pickled onions!
- 10-12 baby onions
- ½ cup rock salt
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 red chilli
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
- Peel the onions and cut the larger ones in half.
- Sprinkle salt over the onions, cover and leave overnight.
- Pour balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and add the water.
- Stir in the sugar and heat until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is almost simmering.
- Rinse the onions and drain well.
- Slice and deseed the chilli.
- Arrange the onions, thyme and chilli slices in jars.
- Cover onions with hot pickling liquid and seal with lid. When cool, refrigerate for at least 3-4 days (ideally 1 week) before eating. Onions will keep for up to 1 month in fridge.
- Serve the onions with cheese and crackers, sliced in sandwiches or as part of a tasty ploughman’s platter.
- If you want extra-long-keeping onions, place them in sterilised jars, fill to the rim with near-boiling liquid and top with a sterilised seal (refrigerate once opened).
This easy peasy recipe makes it a breeze to create this savoury side from scratch. They’re deliciously spiked with chilli and thyme to add some extra flavour oomph. I love pickled onions with hard, crumbly cheese, in-between bites of sandwiches or sliced up with a good old sausage in white bread. They’re pretty much the perfect accessory to any summer meal! These will keep for a month in the fridge, or try placing in sterlised jars for extra-long-keeping onions. Plus, these little flavour bombs are also gluten and dairy-free. This recipe is from the August/September issue of NADIA magazine. Photography by: Todd Eyre.