Cook This! Pickled Red Onion Rings

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When we saw these beautiful onion rings in jewel-pink brine on not one but two sites last year we swore we'd make them immediately. Didn't get around to it yet, but really intend to this summer.

The photo above is from Matt Bites, who recently blogged again about these scarlet pickles. He adapted a recipe from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook. The recipe includes cinnamon, vinegar, star anise and chilies for smoky spicy pickles, slowly and repeatedly simmered so they keep their crunch and color.

Molly at Orangette also adapted the Zuni red onion pickle recipe, and as she admits to being slightly pickle mad, we'll trust her taste. Try these! We're going to soon, for real...