Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Pickled Onions
For Cheese and Onion Sandwiches
by Susu

Garrik Loran, known throughout the galaxy as "Face" for his good looks, was a child actor who starred in idealized Imperial holodramas, glorifying the Empire, exposing any other group as criminals. As such, he was forced to grow up fast, always surrounded by doting and jealous adults. Many times, they would spend a lot of time fussing over his clothes and appearance, and forget to feed him.

Bored of the vapid holo-opportunities types of people and hungry from their neglect, Face made friends with the holo-video crews and on-set catering chefs. From the cooks, he managed to accrue tips of the trade and simple recipes. This ultra-simple onion pickle tided him over throughout his acting career, and when he went into hiding in his youth. Though his mind long-agonized over his role as an actor, justifying the Empire's rape of the Galaxy, his soul was comforted by this long-keeping preserved allium.

One thing he was fond of from a very young age: sandwiches that were composed of sharp cheese and thin slices of onion. This was a grown-up sandwich, and he assumed that he'd be treated as an adult instead of a precocious child if he partook. He did enjoy the looks on women's faces when they caught a whiff of his breath after his favorite meal!

He makes these any time Squeaky manages to acquire large batches of onions too small for regular cooking. They need to sit in their bottles 2-4 weeks before they can be eaten, so making them is an investment in the future. That's a cheering thought for the man not who contemplated killing himself for his unintentional part in helping the Empire subjugate the Galaxy, but who had lost many friends in military actions. He trusts that he and his friends will be around to enjoy his sandwiches!

  • 1 1/2 lb. small, roundish onions
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • water
  • vinegar, white, red wine, malt, or cider
  • honey, if desired
  • dried chili
  • peppercorns
  • bay leaves
To peel the onions easily, put them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them and leave to stand for a minute. Drain the onions and cut off the root and the stem end, and you'll be able to pull of the skins easily.

Put the onions in a glass or plastic bowl, and sprinkle with salt. Add cold water to cover the onions. Put on a lid or wrap with clingwrap, and leave for 24 hours at room temperature.

If you wish, you can prepare a flavored vinegar by boiling a ratio of 6 part vinegar to one part honey. Cool completely to room temperature before using. Prepare sterile jars and lids, and one dried chilipepper, two peppercorns and one bayleaf per jar. Make sure no metal will contact the vinegar solution in the finished jarred product.

Drain and rinse the brined onions in cold water. Drain well again, then pack into prepared jars, not too tightly. Cover the onions generously with the vinegar of your choice. Seal with non-metallic or coated lids or corks. Store for 2-4 weeks before using, and store opened jars in the refrigerator.

Makes 3 pint jars, approximately.

To make Cheese and Onion Sandwiches
  1. Assemble sliced bread (any bread, but something brownish or hearty is best), sharp cheddar cheese slices, softened butter, and thinly sliced drained pickled onion.
  2. Sparingly butter bread slices.
  3. Pile on 60/40 proportion of cheese and onions.
  4. Enjoy with a cold, tall glass of milk.

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