Quick Pickled Peppers
yields 1 quart
1. Seed and cut 1-lb of sweet (or hot if you prefer them) peppers into thin strips that are about 2″ long.
2. Combine your brine in a large saucepan and put over medium low heat:
1.5 cups white vinegar
1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs kosher salt
1 tsp ground turmeric
When the sugar and salt dissolve, raise the heat to medium high.
3. With a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, grind the following whole spices into a powder and add them to the brine:
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1/2 tsp dill seeds (not dill weed!)
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
After all spices are in, reduce heat and simmer brine uncovered for 10 minutes.
4. Add prepared peppers to brine and simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a quart sized mason jar or equivalent sizes of smaller jars. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months. For best flavor eat within 1-2 weeks.
To make the appetizer:
Dice cooled pickled peppers and spoon them over your favorite goat cheese. Drizzle honey over the entire thing and serve with crackers.