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Anyone going to Milan soon? I need pickled onions.

Tim Davis  20 November 2009 18:03:04
I just made my first ever Gibson martini, with pickled onions instead of olives as a garnish.

Image:Anyone going to Milan soon? I need pickled onions.

I haven't made one before because although I am a huge fan of pickled onions and pickled shallots, I always figured they would be disgusting in a martini.

However, when we were in Milan last week, we went to the Peck delicatessen and amongst the many delicious jars of tasty goodness we brought back was one of Sweet Pickled Onions.

Image:Anyone going to Milan soon? I need pickled onions.

We opened the jar this evening, and the onions are very much sweeter than your average pickled onion. This inspired me to maybe try them in a martini, and lo-and-behold I think they work really well. You do need a strong savoury flavour for a martini garnish, and these fit the bill. I wouldn't want to add vinegar to a martini and therefore a regular pickled onion wouldn't do, but these are spot on.

So my question is: Is anyone going to Milan soon? I need pickled onions.