Pickled Wild Onions with Honey and Wild Rosemary

Chef Joshua Skenes of San Francisco's Saison employs a full-time forager to find ingredients like the wild onions Skenes pickles and serves alongside house-made rabbit terrine. The garnish: wild rosemary blossoms and fried foraged greens—chickweed, oxalis, miner's lettuce. The recipe here is a simplified version.


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  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • Time(Other): Plus 6 hr pickling

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  • 10 ounces small wild onions, trimmed, or pearl onions, blanched, peeled and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup white wine or Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup local honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • Fine sea salt
  • 6 wild rosemary sprigs
  • 1 cup canola oil

How to make this recipe

  1. Pack the onions into a heatproof glass jar. In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, honey, water, lemon juice, peppercorns, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 rosemary sprig and bring to a boil. Pour the hot liquid over the onions and place a small plate on top to keep them submerged. Let cool completely. Serve right away at room temperature, or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

  2. Just before serving the onions, snip the remaining 5 rosemary sprigs into 2-inch lengths. Heat the oil in a small skillet until shimmering. Add the rosemary and fry over moderately high heat for about 30 seconds, until crisp and just beginning to brown around the edges. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve with the onions.

Contributed By Photo © Kate Mathis Published April 2011

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