Pickled onion

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Pickled onion
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A jar of home made pickled onions in spiced malt vinegar
Associated national cuisine British
Main ingredients Onion
Ingredients generally used Vinegar, salt
Cookbook: Pickled onion  Media: Pickled onion

Pickled onions are a food item consisting of onions (cultivars of allium cepa,[1]) pickled in a solution of vinegar and salt, often with other preservatives and flavourings.[2] In the United Kingdom they are often eaten alongside fish and chips or as part of a ploughman's lunch.[3] There is a variety of small white pickled onions known as 'silverskin' onions,[4][5] due to imperfections they are pickled instead of being wasted.[6] They are frequently used as an essential component of the Martini cocktail variant known as a Gibson.[7]

Pickled onions are usually pickled in malt vinegar and the onions are about an inch in diameter. Silverskin onions are pickled in white vinegar, and are much smaller. Full sized onions, e.g. Spanish Onions, can be pickled if sliced first.[8][9]

By country[edit]

In the Southern United States, pickled Vidalia onions can be served as a side dish.

In Hong Kong, pickled onions are served in many Cantonese restaurants, especially around dinner time, as a small dish before the main course is served.

In Switzerland, they are served to accompany raclette, along with pickled gherkins.

In Italy, it is known as 'maggiolina'.[10]

In Mexican cuisine, one preparation, cebollas curtidas, has sliced red onions pickled in a mixture of citrus juices and vinegar, which is served as a garnish or condiment. Sometimes cooked beets are added, producing a more strongly pink coloured dish.[11]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ L. Maggioni (Editor) European Collections of Vegetatively Propagated Allium: Report of a Workshop ..., p. 48, at Google Books
  2. ^ Channel 4 Recipes - Pickled Onions. Retrieved 26 May 2014
  3. ^ "Pickled onions for a ploughman's lunch". foodtolove.com.au. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Waitrose pickled silverskin onions drained 150g". waitrose.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  5. ^ James L. Brewster Onions and Other Vegetable Alliums, p. 428, at Google Books
  6. ^ R.C. Kill Food Industries Manual at Google Books
  7. ^ Arthurs, Deborah (26 May 2016). "Garden to glass cocktail recipe: Pickled spring onion martini is a neat spring twist on a Gibson". The Metro. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Home Pickling, published by Sarsons.
  9. ^ How to Get Into a Pickle, published by Sarsons.
  10. ^ "Silverskin onion - maggiolina". ortideiberici.it. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Latina Lite Cooking: 200 Delicious Lowfat Recipes from All Over the Americas - With Special Selections on Nutrition and Weight Loss, Maria Dolores Beatriz. Hachette Book Group, 2009, page 102