green beans, trimmed
distilled white vinegar
whole black peppercorns
dried dill seed, or 4 fresh dill seed heads
shallots, peeled and sliced, leaving root end intact
small fresh red chile peppers, quartered lengthwise
garlic, peeled and sliced lengthwise
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove. Cook green beans until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans to the ice water to cool. Drain.
- Meanwhile, combine 3 cups water, vinegar, salt, pickling spice and peppercorns in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the salt is dissolved. Let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
- Place dill seed (or dill seed heads), shallots, chiles and garlic in a 2-quart canning jar (or similar-size tempered glass or heatproof plastic container with a lid). Place the beans in the container. Carefully pour the hot vinegar solution through a sieve into the container. Make sure all the beans are submerged in the liquid. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for 1 day to marinate the beans.
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