Spicy Pickled Green Beans are mildly spiced and a wonderful way to prepare fresh green beans. A great accompaniment at lunch, dinner and especially parties.
Buffet parties are such a great way to entertain. The tables are lined up with lots of different types of food.
Importnat additions are some accompaniments such as olives, sweet brussels sprouts and pickled vegetables.
In fact, one of my favorite dinners is made up of few different appetizers. Tapas as they call them in Spain.
Recipes don’t have to go overboard with tart vinegar when being pickled. I do love a great crisp dill pickle but mild pickling with just a hint of sweet or heat is my preference.
That is what this recipe is all about. These mildly spicy pickled green beans are something you can add as an appetizer to many dinners.
It won’t fight with the flavors of the other dishes.
Fresh summer green beans are starting to arrive at the stores.
In fact, I saw one of those huge vegetable trucks driving by the other day (we are in New York right now) and it was piled high with green beans.
That was a first for me. I've seen many onion, garlic and beet trucks but never green beans.
That is mostly what they grow around here - green beans, corn and cabbage. The fields are gorgeous.
What Chili Peppers can be used with Spicy Pickled Green Beans?
- First of all be very careful when handling hot chili peppers. I wear thin rubber kitchen gloves and pull them off from the wrist and let them turn inside out as I pull. Throw away.
- Cayenne Peppers are very hot and you don't need more than two four for this recipe.
- You could even use red Thai peppers. They are hot, short, skinny and red.
- You only need one or two hot cherry peppers. Round to triangular in shape and red. Not to be confused with sweet cherry peppers.
- Jalapenos can turn red too and are very popular in their green form.
- There are probably over 100 varieties of hot chili peppers but remember to handle with care and don't touch your eyes.
If you are lucky enough to have some bush beans in your garden you should be picking then now, or very soon. If not then head out to the market.
There is nothing like the fresh crisp snap of young green beans.
This recipe is for refrigerator pickled green beans not a canning recipe so that will help the house keep cooler too.
Now step back because here is another nicely marinated vegetable appetizer that's not too tart, not too sweet, it's just right.
Mildly Marinated Cauliflower gets rave reviews!
So you can see I'm serious about good pickled vegetables.
They aren't hard to do and are different from the usual extra choice for an appetizer.
Don't waste this precious time and try to get some green beans pickled as a very nice accompaniment for your get-togethers.
Spicy Pickled Green Beans
- 1 pound green beans fresh
- 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 1 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 4 cloves garlic peeled
- 4 red chile peppers dried, cut each tip off
- 1/2 teaspoon dill seed
- Wash two pint canning jars and their lids in very hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
- Drop two garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon dill seed into the bottom of each jar.
- Snap the tips off of the green beans and place to green beans, lengthwise, into the jar so that you can keep the beans in a longer length. Keep the tops of the beans down to about where the shoulder of the jar. You will want to cover them with the liquid and still leave a little space at the top.
- Slip two chili peppers down in between the green beans in each jar.
- In a large pan bring the vinegar and water to a boil. Add the salt and maple syrup and cook another minute.
- Pour the hot liquid over the green beans to just cover. Leave a little space at the top of the jar. Wipe the rims and screw on the lids and rims.
- Set aside to cool. The lids will pop down making a nice seal as the liquid cools.
- Place in the refrigerator and let pickle for 2 days.
- Serve or store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Only fun times ahead and nothing could be nicer than to have some simple recipes to add to the party tables.
Lots of festive color, laughter and good food! Especially fingerfood!