Bacon Pickle // Unbound Pickling // Portland, OR
When in doubt, pickle it. That’s what the Portland couple behind Unbound learned, when facing down an overabundance of backyard garden beans. To which we’d add: when in further doubt, add bacon. Hence Unbound’s hickory smoked, dill-and-garlic-laced cucumbers. As with any pickle worth its brine, these salty, savory, sour snacks are unbeatable straight from the jar, of course. But added to a homemade egg salad, the side dish steals the show: roughly chop a half dozen hard-boiled eggs and mix them together with a few tablespoons of yogurt or mayo, a dash of parsley, a drizzle of olive oil, and a handful of diced pickles. Serve on rye, and watch even the vegetarians line up for a smoky bite.