Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween party prep - pickled brains

It's the weekend of Halloween parties!! I'll be spending all day tomorrow setting up for what is sure to be a kick-ass party right near downtown Salem (you can't get more festive than that, right?). One of my projects today is pickled brains, which is super easy and totally creepy (and edible!):

1 cup red-wine vinegar
3 cups white-wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
5 or 6 red pearl onions
2 to 3 heads cauliflower

1.Place cauliflower in a large glass heatproof jar or canister, positioning florets against the glass; set aside.
2.Fill a large pot with 8 cups water. Add both vinegars, sugar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions. Bring to a boil.
3.Carefully pour boiling liquid over cauliflower; let cool to room temperature. Cover and transfer to refrigerator. Let chill overnight or up to 1 week.

Serves 8 to 10 as hors d'oeuvres 

[Image and recipe via Martha Stewart]

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