Co-chefs Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns have made fermented and pickled foods a defining part of their menu at Bar Tartine, and these Pickled Mushrooms from their newly released cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, deliver on their promise of addictiveness.
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Pickled in a solution of water, white wine vinegar, sugar, a bay leaf and a couple of allspice berries, these cucumbers from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, are super basic and spot on. The paper thin slices of cucumbers, salted and rinsed, stay miraculously crisp, and are perfect for sandwiches, salads, or as a stand-alone side.
Roasted in the oven and basted with beer, these German-style pork sausages turn out juicy, tender, and lightly browned all over. Quick-pickled peppers and onions, meanwhile, add a flavorful, bright counterpoint.
The Pitt Cue Co. chefs were wowed by the pickled mushrooms they tried at Momofuku in NYC. So wowed that the only way to take them up a notch was to deep-fry those suckers. They share the recipe for their uber-umami Crispy Pickled Shiitake in Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook, and it is totally worth the effort.
These intense, soy-soaked mushrooms from Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook, were inspired by chef David Chang's Asian-inflected pickles at Momofuku in NYC. The Pitt Cue crew take them a step further by deep-frying them in this week's killer Crispy Pickled Shiitakes.
What sauerkraut is to a dog and kimchi is to a Korean pancake, curtido is to a variety of Latin American dishes. This funky, vinegary cabbage, onion and carrot slaw brings crunch and a hit of acid to a host of rich, long-cooked dishes that call out for brightness and texture. Traditional curtido is prepared days in advance of when it'll be eaten, enabling it to develop a fermented tang, but this shortcut version—ready in only an hour—is a nice fallback when you don't have time to think ahead. Try it spooned atop braises or sandwiched into Mexican gorditas.
Quick-pickled garlic and chilies are a great condiment for punching up the flavor of Asian soups, noodles, stir-fries, and salads.
A quick Japanese-style rice vinegar cucumber, perfect for serving with rice or stuffed into Pork Belly Buns.
Even if I'd never tried making salami or kombucha before doesn't mean I haven't put it into my body at some point. But these bran-fermented vegetables are a different story. Called nuka in Japan, they're traditionally made by burying relatively dense vegetables, like daikon or carrot, in a salty fermented rice bran mixture fortified with kelp, miso, and/or beer. The vegetables take only a day or so to ferment, and emerge from the bran relatively crisp, tasting lightly of salted sourdough.
This simple recipe for pickled purslane preserves the wild plant's flavor for weeks to come.