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Eat them on their own, add to a crudité platter or use as a garnish for your Caesar cocktail.
- 2 lbs thin to medium-thick asparagus
- 8 sprigs fresh dill
- 2 cups white wine vinegar 4 cloves garlic, slivered
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp whole allspice
- 1/4 tsp coriander seeds
1 Trim the bottoms of the asparagus and stand the spears upright in two 24-ounce containers or jars, with the tips sitting at least half an inch below the lid. Add the dill to the containers.
2 In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand until the brine is lukewarm.
3 Pour the brine over the asparagus. Cover and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavours to meld. The asparagus will keep, refrigerated, for up to one month
Makes: Two 24-oz jars
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Excerpted from by Lynn Crawford, Copyright © 2017. Photography Copyright © 2017 by Virginia MacDonald. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Canada. All rights reserved.