Enjoy rich garnet colored pickled onions when you visit your favorite restaurant. Then here is a simple recipe to make these onions at home. Taste exactly the same and can be enjoyed for a week if stored in a airtight container.
Pearl onions are pickled in the solution of vinegar and water – beets are added to give them a rich red color. I prefer to add beets to color my pearl onions because not only they are nutritious; they also have a tendency to color everything they come across. But if you don’t have a liking for beets you may skip this part and add red food coloring to the onions.
No pearl onions on hand – use regular onions – cut onion in circles (onion rings) and dip it in the same liquid to color them. Since the onions are cut in circles – reduce the amount of time it needs to be dipped – otherwise they will loose their crunch and become soggy.
TIP – Handle vinegar and beets carefully. You may end up coloring the kitchen counter if you touch vinegar and beets together. Hands should be washed and wiped before and after handling the two ingredients.
YOU CAN PRESERVE AND STORE PEARL ONIONS FOR 2 WEEKS IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR. SEE METHOD BELOW.
Wash, peel and slice beetroots. Peel the onions and wash them under water.
Using a knife make a cross on the onions.
In a bowl combine vinegar with sliced beets and water. If you prefer add food color at this point and mix. Finally add pearl onions and sugar to this solution.
If using pearl onions- allow it to sit in this solution for 2-3 hours. But if using onion rings (onion cut in circle) then soak them for an 30-40 minutes.
I prefer onions too have a strong taste of vinegar - so I add just 3/4 cup of water to onions. Also I like rich garnet red color on my onions so I added 2 drops of red food color to the solution.
Once marinated for the desired amount of time, remove the onions from the solution and serve. Discard the liquid.
STORING ONIONS FOR 2 WEEKS
Make Brine Solution by mixing -
1 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1-2 teaspoon Salt
1. Peel, wash and pat dry the onions.
2. In a pan combine all the ingredients mentioned under Brine solution, and heat till sugar is completely dissolved. Allow it to cool down and then add color or beets.
3. Place pearl onions in a jar, pour this cooled solution on top, discard the beets. Close the lid tightly and give it a shake.
4. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The longer they sit the more pickled they are.