Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boots' Sweet Pickles

When my niece married several years ago, she asked my mother to create a cookbook of family favorite recipes. 

Mom gave us each a copy of Family Favorites for Christmas that year.  One of the things I love about the book is the provenance...Aunt Flossie's Jalapeno Cornbread,  Granny's Chocolate Pie.  I can hear the voices of the cooks in the words Mom recorded as they told her their recipes.  

Boots' Sweet Pickles recipe is from that book. The pickles make an appearance at every family BBQ, and they disappear fast.  Mom got the recipe from a childhood San Marcos friend, Boots Dunn, whose name came from her favorite footwear.  Yes, we're in Texas.

1 quart Kosher dill pickles (whole)
1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon celery seed
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
1 tablespoon horseradish

**Drain pickles, discard liquid, save jar.  
**Using food processor, slice pickles into thin rounds.
**Mix sugar, celery seed, vinegar & horseradish in a bowl.
**In the jar the pickles came in, alternate adding a few slices of garlic and pickles and a bit of sugar mixture.  Put the lid back on and shake until sugar melts.
**Repeat process until all slices and mixture are used.
**Keep shaking up jar from time to time to help ingredients mix well.
**Pickles will make their own juice from the mixture and from the moisture in the pickle slices.
Pickles need to set at least 24 hours (refrigerated) before eating.  They get better every day.

Copyright 2009-2010 Kathleen Scott ,for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. These sound really good. I have so many cukes now that I should really start pickling but I have no urge whatsoever. The heat has enervated me or something.

  2. Your recipes are always something I'd actually make.

    What a great idea from a beautiful woman, your Mother is a keeper ;)

  3. Oh, I think all families should put together a family cookbook. I created one for my daughter and everyone contributed recipes. I have cucumbers growing in my garden right now....maybe I will need to use your recipe :-)

  4. I LOVE these pickles. They are so easy and sooo tasty. Thanks for the many great recipes!

  5. Love this story about the family cookbook. I'll bet this recipe will work for fresh cukes as well, though it might take a little more, say 1/2 cup. I like to have fresh pickles in the fridge. Maybe I'll try making these this week. Thanks for the down home recipes! x0 N2

  6. The family cookbook is an AWESOME idea. I really wish I had one. And I don't even like sweet pickles, but I really want to make this recipe. Why? Because the title "Boots' Sweet Pickles" just sounds so cool, I want an excuse to say it again and again. Also, the idea of someone being nicknamed for their favorite thing to wear is perfect. I think I love her!

  7. I'm a 100% Dill Pickle girl and haven't met a homemade dill to rival Claussen. How pathetic of a pickle lover am I?

    Love the idea of a family recipe book, though. My husband's mother made one when he moved away, years ago. I am grateful it's there when it comes time to bake his favorite birthday Velvet Cake. Because I had never heard of Velvet Cake until I moved to Texas.

  8. This is just so great. Maybe I'll have to try the pickles myself. I treasure all the family recipes, and love the idea of the family recipe book!

  9. As soon as I am mobile again I am heading out to buy a jar of pickles and try this out. It sounds absolutely genius. Thanks to you and to Boots for sharing it!


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