Thanksgiving is approaching and for many Americans that means travel, family and food, glorious food. For the last couple of years I have spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws, and while they are lovely and wonderful people, I still find myself missing my mom’s signature dishes and wondering what she is cooking at any particular moment in the days before Thanksgiving. So this year, I am heading to Utah armed with one cucumber, some sugar and a whole lotta vinegar, because if I have another left-over turkey sandwich withOUT homemade pickles, I may curl up into the fetal position and cry out for my mommy. They just taste like home. And p.s. they are so super easy.
Cut the ends off one large cucumber and score the entire thing with a fork length-wise. Slice the scored cucumber into a bowl and sprinkle with salt. (Photos above)
Set salted cuc’s aside and, in a saucepan combine 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups sugar and one cup water. Stir together and bring to a boil. Immediately pour the vinegar mixture over the salted cucumbers. Cover, and then chill for a couple of hours.
Apply pickles liberally to turkey sandwiches, salami sandwiches, meatloaf sandwiches, etc. or just eat them straight out of the bowl. These pickles are a crunchy comfort food for me. They make a great gift. They make a sandwich incredible. And make me think of my sweet mom. Store in the fridge in a bowl, or cute jar for gifting!