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For Christmas, my dearest hubby gave me Smoke and Pickles – the cookbook by Edward Lee, a Louisville chef, whose recipes have a lovely twist of Southern and Asian flavors. This pickled garlic is lovely.


I finely mince it and then add it back into the molasses soy sauce to use as a dipping sauce for potstickers. It would also be a great garnish for Bloody Marys or as a nibble to go with other pickled items and your cocktail.


Pickled Garlic

  • 2 heads of garlic, each clove peeled and rinsed with water
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cups rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Place the garlic cloves in a jar and cover with the white vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for 5 days. Drain the garlic and rinse with cold water. Place the garlic back in the jar. In a saucepan, combine the soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, sugar, molasses, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then turn off and allow the flavors to mingle for 15 minutes. Pour the liquid over the garlic cloves, cover, and refrigerate for a week. Enjoy for weeks!