Thursday, April 26, 2012

Montreal Steak Pickles

We've all heard the expression "necessity is the mother of invention"... The kirby cukes were gorgeous at the produce store the other day, grabbed a bag and planned to try a recipe I saved last summer. Found out I was missing a key ingredient and had to come up with a Plan B...
Enter the McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning:@)

This isn't Aunt Gerties - crystal clear, blue ribbon from the county fair- pickle brine folks...
The seasoning has ingredients that make it cloudy and tinted kinda red (hot peppers and paprika maybe?). 
What it is, however, is amazingly flavorful and makes great pickles! This recipe is for one quart jar.

Montreal Steak Pickles
1/8 C McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 Tblsp kosher salt
4 tsp dried minced onion
1 1/2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1 1/2 C water
1/2 C cider vinegar
About 7 kirby cucumbers, sliced thick-as many as it takes to fill the jar
  1. Bring everything except cukes to a boil on the stove, stir to dissolve salt. Remove from heat and cool. 
  2. Slice cukes and put in 1 quart jar, pour cooled (not warm) brine over cukes.
  3. Cover with lid and set on counter for 3 days, shaking or turning upside down occasionally.
  4. After 3 days store in fridge. 
Notes:
  • They don't need to be canned, as long as they're stored in the fridge they'll be fine.
  • Salty, spicy, garlicy, peppery and crispy-what more can we ask for from a pickle!
Oh, and if our friends at McCormick happen to see this and want to send a little love my way...
well, as you can see, my bottle's empty-just sayin:@)
Have a happy day:@)

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24 comments:

  1. Ingenuity on your part to think of the Montreal Steak seasoning! Very cool!!

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  2. I pinned this recipe. I just bought a costco sized Montreal steak seasonig jar. Sounds yummy.

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  3. I love this. Pickles of any sort are one of my guilty pleasures. To have a twist on the flavor would be so much fun. It's a great idea for a picnic gathering too. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I like pickles so this looks delicious!

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  5. Sounds like a pickle plan to me!! Montreal Steak is my favorite seasoning. Trying these for sure Lynn!

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  6. You are so creative! I can't wait to try these - my daughter-in-law is a pickle nut so I'm going to surprise her with these. I love that there's no sugar in here - to often these pickles are too sweet for me. Thanks!

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  7. I think you need to write a book, you never cease to amaze with all that you come up with! I really like the ease of these pickles and love the fact that I can get this seasoning at Costco in the huge size. Our cucumbers have not come in yet but will be printing this out right now to make when they do...Thanks once again for a great recipe! xo

    I looked yesterday for the black top Lawrys...no luck, but will continue the search,

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  8. Now see, THIS is the kind of thing I would never come up with. You are just a natural cook.

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  9. Ummmm...love pickles! I am going to give them a try.

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  10. Clever, I love your style! And I love that seasoning and will be trying it in pickles whenever there are some good cucs at the market!

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  11. Oohh! These sound really good! I'd love to make some.

    So, this may be a dumb question, but, what's the difference between kirby cucs vs. regular or English cucs. Those are the only ones I've seen around here. And, would it matter if I had to use a different cucumber?

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  12. Howdy! You can use big or small cukes but the key is they have to be unwaxed. The big green ones we buy for salads are waxed. Kirbys are the smaller ones that you would normally see whole in pickle jars at the supermarket. As a general rule they don't wax them and they usually cost more money because they're more perishable. I don't know enough about the English cukes to comment on them. Obviously the best ones would be out of your garden:@)

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  13. I am not sure about these - are they spicy hot? I love pickles. sandie

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  14. Mebbe I should try pickles someday. I only like the sweet ones, though...

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  15. We would enjoy these! I'll have to remember this for our Memorial Day weekend party.

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  16. Great idea, Lynn, with the steak seasoning!! I hope McCormick comes through for you!!

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  17. I am intrigued! I have never tried making pickles before. I should give this a shot!

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  18. I can't wait to try this recipe. We are huge pickle fans at my house.

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  19. Lynn, What a great idea, these pickles look delicious and your recipe looks awesome. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. I am definitely trying this come canning season. We LOVE home canned pickles!

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  21. These look interesting. Are they as good as your jalapeno relish???

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  22. I am a huge fan of Montreal Steak Seasoning and use it in everything from scrambled eggs to salads to steak. How ingenious to use it for pickles. Love this!

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  23. I love making pickles and I'd love to try it when my cukes start producing this summer! I'll bet they taste great.

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  24. I found the cucumbers! Does it have to be a glass jar, can it be plastic?

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