Okra Pickles

Spicy Okra Pickles
Spicy Okra Pickles
These spicy pickles are a delicious accompaniment to a Thanksgiving meal.Helen Rosner

Based on a recipe from the author's friend, Eastern Shore musician William "Pooh" Johnston, these spicy pickles are a delicious accompaniment to any meal. This recipe first appeared in our November 2012 issue along with Bernard L. Herman's story A Bountiful Shore.

Okra Pickles
Based on a recipe from Eastern Shore musician William "Pooh" Johnston, these spicy pickles are a delicious accompaniment to any meal.
Yield: makes 1 Quart

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. okra
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 habanero or Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed and halved
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 12 tbsp. mustard seeds
  • 12 tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 8 whole black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Combine okra, garlic, dill, and chile in a sterilized 2-qt. glass jar; set aside. Bring vinegar, salt, both seeds, peppercorns, and 1 34 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve salt. Pour into jar, seal, and let cool to room temperature; refrigerate for up to 1 month.