Sweet and Sassy Pickled Apples

Sweet and Sassy Apple Pickles

4 firm New England apples, cored, sliced into 8 pieces (leave peel on)

2 c apple cider vinegar

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/2 T sea salt or kosher salt

2 cinnamon sticks

3 star anise, whole

1/2 t vanilla extract

3/4 t whole black peppercorns

1/2 c dried cherries


In a medium saucepan, bring vinegar, sugars, salt, cinnamon sticks, star anise, vanilla and peppercorns to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves.


Add apples, return to boil.


Turn to low heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes, until a paring knife inserted in center of apple

meets slight resistance.


Stir in dried cherries. Transfer to bowl and let cool.


Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Makes 8-12 servings.


Serve pickled apples cold or at room temperature.


Try pairing them with ricotta cheese.


Pickled apples can be stored for up to one month in refrigerator.