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Za'atar Pickles

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"These are half-sour pickles spiced with harissa and all the traditional components of Turkish za'atar. The toasted cardamom adds a citrusy finish to these very bold pickles. After 10 days, they will continue to improve with age."
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10 d 15 m servings 30
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 small pickles)


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  1. Pour water into a 1-gallon glass jar with a lid and dissolve salt. Add garlic followed by thyme, oregano, and harissa.
  2. Heat coriander, sesame seeds, and cumin seed in a dry pan over medium-low heat, stirring to avoid burning, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add toasted spices to the salt mixture along with sumac. Cover tightly with a lid and shake to combine.
  3. Place as many cucumbers as will fit into the jar while remaining submerged in the brine. Keep sealed in the refrigerator for 10 days to pickle.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 30 calories; 0.6 6.4 1.2 0 1470 Full nutrition

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These are delicious, but very salty. The brine is spicy and flavorful. I added some whole jalapenos with the cucumbers.