Sweet and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles - These sweet and spicy refrigerator pickles are truly awesome. They’re a bread and butter version, loaded up with lots of vinegar and spices and a little sugar and just the right amount of heat from some red chili flakes. They’re sweet and spicy and crunchy and just so full of flavor. What’s more, they’re so, so simple – just a couple of steps, then boom, boring old cukes become seriously incredible sweet-and-spicy pickles.
The first time I ever nibbled on a chard stem while prepping a big bunch of greens, I was blown away by the flavor of this usually-discarded bit of vegetable. Crisp and salty, chard stems are good chopped up in salads or cooked alongside chard leaves, but the recent issue of Bon Appétit suggests an even better use: spicy refrigerator pickles!