Tasty RV Eats -> Super Easy Pickled Onions
For today’s RV Eats post I thought I would tackle something super easy, especially since most folks just spent days cooking for the big Thanksgiving holiday. This recipe is perfect as a crunchy/fancy topping for a turkey sandwich, for example, or a tasty condiment to whatever non-meat meal you might have made instead. Consider it onions with a twist…and a bit of tang & bite to go with it.
It’s not a new thing either. The pickling of veggies has been around for thousands of years. Traditionally it was a way of preserving veggies that might otherwise spoil as well as creating a tasty treat. There are lots of different types of pickling, but most of them basically involve combining a veggie with a liquid that will either preserve or ferment it. Some types of pickling take time (e.g. sauerkraut, kimchi), while others take almost no time at all. Pickled onions are one of the easy ones. With only 3 ingredients it takes a mere 10 minutes to make a restaurant-quality treat that will add both flavor & texture to fowl, burgers, sausages, fish, tacos, salads etc.
We’ve tried several different pickled onion recipes over the years. They all involve onion, vinegar and some kind of sugar. Our preference is this recipe from Bobby Flay since it uses honey instead of white sugar. We don’t always add the cilantro, but it’s a nice touch when we have it on hand. This same recipe can also be made with shallots for a slightly sweeter crunch.
Super Easy Pickled Onions (makes 1 jar)
Total time ~10 minutes prep, ~1 hour pickling
1 large red onion
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey (buy it local!)
2 tablespoons olive oil (our preference is this fabulous olive oil from Sicily)
Salt and pepper
- Chopping board
- Glass canning jar or small Mason Jar
- Mixing bowl or measuring cup
For glass jar we just re-use an old jam jar very much like these online ones. Our measuring cup is an old-style 2-cup Pyrex that we’ve had for well over 10 years and has all the markings both metric and non-metric. There’s probably a more RV-friendly (i.e. non-glass) version out there, but sometimes the old staple kitchen items are just the best.
- Chop up the onion into thin slices.
- Press the onion pieces into a clean, sterile glass jar.
- Mix together vinegar, honey and olive oil. Salt & pepper to taste.
- Pour mixture over onions. Close jar & let the magic happen.The liquid will not initially cover the onions which is perfectly OK. The vinegar will pull out moisture from the onions and you’ll get the right amount of liquid as the pickling magic happens (~30 mins to 1 hour).
4 Easy Steps To Pickled Onions