Hard Cider Glazed Pickled Tomatoes

Recipe inspired by the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

“As Harry’s birthday dinner would have stretched the Burrow’s kitchen to breaking point even before the arrival of Charlie, Lupin, Tonks, and Hagrid, several tables were placed end to end in the garden. Fred and George bewitched a number of purple lanterns all emblazoned with a large number 17, to hang in midair over the guests.”

On that warm, slightly blustery, early evening Harry quietly looked around at the motley crew gathered around the two giant, mismatched tables. There were twinkling bubbles floating about like giant fireflies, charmed to light up the party goers. Huge platters of pickled tomatoes with bacon, potatoes with pea pesto, giant roasted turkey legs and many other dishes covered the space between him and his friends. Over the groaning tables filled with dishes, including a 3-tiered cake with a giant Golden Snitch on top, he thought about the lives that were being risked just by being close to him. All of his favorite people, here at this celebration of his coming of age, could be gone in an instant.

Quite morbid birthday dinner thoughts, but with all of the hubbub around his lack of conversation wouldn’t be noticed. He looked over at Ron, grinning goofily at something Hermione had said. Mr. and Mrs. Weasley boisterously laughing with 2 of their sons and Remus. Tonks and Ginny excitedly whispering, about what he could only imagine, but he thought Tonks’ eyes had a joyful mischievousness in them. He bit into a tomato just ripe from the garden, that had been lightly pickled, wrapped in bacon and drizzled with a honeyed glaze made from apple cider. Wow. Mrs. Weasley had really upped her game!

Hard Cider Glazed Pickled Tomatoes

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine British
Keyword Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Prep Time 24 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 4 serving


  • ¾ c apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ c water
  • 4 tsp coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 large garlic clove sliced thinly
  • 1 lb campari, plum or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 16.9 oz can Strongbow hard cider (or any semi-sweet hard cider) 1/2 pound of bacon (British style rashers if you can find them)


  1. Combine vinegar, water, salt, and sugar in pan and heat until lightly boiling.

  2. Then remove from heat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then add garlic and peppercorns to the vinegar mixture.

  3. Add whole tomatoes to 32 oz jar with tight-fitting lid (as many will fit), then pour vinegar mixture over until jar has about 1/2 inch room before the top of the jar.

  4. Allow to brine for 24-48 hours.

  5. Pour can of hard cider into small pan on medium heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the mixture looks like a light maple syrup.

  6. Heat the oven to 400℉ and line a baking sheet with the bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes, until slightly crispy but still bendable.

  7. Pull out the tomatoes and spear the bacon around the tomato with a toothpick, then drizzle with the hard cider glaze.

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    1. I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Love this recipe 😀 What a GENIUS way of getting more cider into your diet hehehe. Though in the UK we don’t call cider “hard” because all cider is hard 😛

      1. Thank you for the tip! All cider IS hard, but us silly Americans don’t know that. 😉

    1. What delicious looking mouthfuls, absolutely perfect for entertaining. Plus bacon! The perfect combination. Any HP fan would be thrilled.

    1. This glaze sounds divine! I love how easily these would lend themselves to both a meaty and a meat-free appetiser without too much additional effort.

    1. Whaaat? This is mind blowing, I’ve never heard of it and now I can’t think of anything else, I’m going to try it today, just happen to have a hoard of farmers market fresh tomatoes on the windowsill!!

    1. I am a Harry Potter fanatic. This looks and sounds delicious. Who doesn’t like the combination of tomatoes and bacon. In fact I had it in a sandwich for dinner tonight.

      1. Thank you Gloria! Bacon and Tomatoes are a perfect combination by itself or in a sandwich. I just might make that for dinner tonight!

    1. Wow!! These apps would be gone in a second if they were anywhere near me and a party I hosted! Simply wonderful! 🙂

      1. It was REALLY hard to not devour these. I don’t think I ever took a photo so fast!

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