Using Up Your Canned Goods

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If you are like me you have one jar left of pickled beets and pickled okra left to use before starting with a new season of fresh canned goods. Here are some interesting and creative ways to utilize these remains from last summer.

Easy Pickled Okra Slaw

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 (16-oz.) package shredded coleslaw mix

1/2 cup sliced pickled okra

1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained


Combine sour cream, sugar, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Toss together coleslaw mix, pickled okra, diced pimiento, and sour cream mixture. Serve slaw and chicken with additional hot sauce.

Pickled Okra Salsa

5 whole pickled okra, sliced

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

4 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon fresh limejuice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, drained


Pulse first 6 ingredients and half of tomatoes in a food processor 4 to 6 times or until thoroughly combined. Stir in remaining diced tomatoes. Serve immediately, or cover and chill. Store in refrigerator up to 7 days. If refrigerated, let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

Pickled Okra Rounds

1 (24-ounce) loaf sliced white bread
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-ounce) jar pickled okra
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Remove crusts from bread. With a rolling pin, roll slices very thin. Coat each slice with cream cheese and place an okra spear in center; roll up. Spread a light coat of cream cheese on each rolled-up sandwich (I like to use my fingers to spread the cream cheese). Roll sandwich in finely chopped parsley. Cut in half, if desired


Okra Ham Pinwheels

1 package sliced sandwich ham (the rectangular shaped)
8 ounces cream cheese
1 jar pickled okra

Bring cream cheese to room temperature or soften in microwave.
spread thin layer over 1 side of ham slice. Cut each end off okra slice.
Lay okra slice over cream cheese at 1 end of ham slice. Roll up and refrigerate until firm enough to slice. Slice into 1/4″ swirls. Lay flat on serving platter.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Pickled Beet Dip
1 16-ounce jar pickled beets, drained
1 thick slice red onion
8 ounces low-fat cream cheese
Horseradish to taste

Chop the beets and onion in a food processor until very small. Add the cream cheese and process until smooth. Add the horseradish. Spread over crostini or crackers.

Pickled Beet and Onion Salad

1 medium sweet onion thinly sliced

2 cups sliced pickled beets

¼ cup beet juice

¼ cup French dressing

¼ sour cream


Combine onion rings with pickled beets and juice. Chill at least 1 hour. Drain juice from onion and beets, placing beets and onions on serving dish. Combine juice and French dressing. Pour over beets and onion rings. Serve topped with sour cream.


Pickled Beets and Greens Salad
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups fresh spinach, rinsed and patted dry, stems removed
2 small onions, cut into rings
1 Belgian endive, separated into leaves
1 granny smith apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
2 pickled beets, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, recipe follows
2 pickled eggs, thinly sliced crosswise, recipe follows
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

To make the dressing, in a bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, oil and lemon juice. Add the dill and salt, and whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach and shallots and toss with enough dressing to coat. Divide the spinach among 4 plates. Alternately arrange the endive spears and apple wedges around the outside edges of the plates. Place the beets and eggs in the center of the greens. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the salad to lightly coat. Sprinkle with the pine nuts and serve.

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Photo of Tammy Kelly, Ed. DTammy Kelly, Ed. DCounty Extension Director (252) 527-2191 tammy_kelly@ncsu.eduLenoir County, North Carolina
Posted on Jul 22, 2013
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