Maybe you’ve noticed that Marisa and I spend a lot of time saying that the things we post are “super simple” or “fast and easy” or “faking it.” The thing is, as much as we try to remind ourselves to let our frazzled feelings go, the fact remains: we’re busy! And so stinking tired. We know you are too. So here’s yet another recipe that keeps things quick and simple. You get the satisfaction of homemade pickles, without the sterilization process or the brining, because you start with a jar of store-bought dill pickles, which you drain before starting. But this recipe is no fake…it’s passed down from my Great-Aunt Mardie, my grandmother’s sister, who always has a homemade treat to drop by with when you’re in town, from hot pepper jelly to crocheted baby booties. There’s nothing that feels more nostalgic and welcoming than a gift made just for you, preferably with a simple tag like this one, in the sweet cursive writing of my grandma or her sisters:
Now before I get all sentimental, I have to admit…my mother has already admonished me for “messing with” a family recipe. But sometimes I get a glimpse of classic Southern recipes like this one, and I just can’t help but tweak the amount of sugar a bit (in this case, “tweak” means to cut in half). So please don’t tell Aunt Mardie, but these are slightly adapted. And don’t worry, there’s still a cup of sugar in there to keep them good and sweet!
Fire and Ice Pickles
- 2 32-oz jars of dill pickle chips
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 Tbsp. hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- Drain and rinse the pickles.
- In a large bowl, toss them with the sugar, hot sauce, and pepper flakes. Let sit 2 hours and stir.
- Put 2 garlic cloves at the bottom of each jar, then pour the pickles and all the juices back into both jars. Refrigerate.
Fire and ice pickles are about as addictive as pickles get – the sweet and spicy combo is snacking perfection. Luckily this recipe makes two big jars, so you can keep one for yourself when you make one for a friend!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)