• Yield: Serves 6

  • Time: 15 minutes prep, 1 hour 25 minutes total

The Lazy Front Porch Supper menu includes: Pickled Red Onions with CilantroCorn and Haricots Verts in Lime Shallot ButterHeirloom Tomatoes with Bacon, Blue Cheese and BasilShellfish Watermelon CevicheGrilled Steaks with Red Chile Sauce, and Fresh Fig Tart with Rosemary Cornmeal Crust and Lemon Mascarpone Cream.



  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted 

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro



Bring vinegar, sugar, cumin, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart non-reactive heavy saucepan, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add onions and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes, then transfer to a bowl and cool. Stir in cilantro. Pickled onions can be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.

Copyright July 2003, Gourmet magazine. Printed with permission.