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Delphine Nov 27, 2010 10:10 AM

I found a old recipe of my mothers and it called for gherkins. I'm not sure what kind of pickles they are.

I have Claussen dills and bread and butter pickles. I also have cornichons. Would any of these work as a substitution?

  1. chefj Nov 27, 2010 10:56 AM

    what is the recipe for?

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      Delphine Nov 28, 2010 05:58 AM

      Hi, This is a canape (I think thats the term I want) - probably from the 1950's. It is spread on crackers. It calls for tuna, olives, gherkins, mushrooms, and a tomato sauce. She mad a note that it should not be a bitter tomato sauce. Being from Pennsylvania in the 1950'a, I am presuming canned mushrooms. She put this on (or next to) her antipasto platter.

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      Harters Nov 27, 2010 12:19 PM

      In the UK, gherkins and cornichons are pretty much the same beast. The latter smaller than the former. Should be fine.

      1. Breadcrumbs Nov 27, 2010 12:26 PM

        According to Barron's "The New Food Lover's Companion" a cornichon is the french version of a gherkin. In my experience, gherkins are typically sweet.

        That said, in France, I've been served cornichons on a few occasions that were slightly sour and pickled w tarragon.

        1. Cherylptw Nov 27, 2010 05:21 PM

          Gherkins are small sweet pickles...I use them in potato or egg salad or chicken/turkey salad & I sub pickle relish when I don't have them. Cornichons are not quite the same & dill or bread & butter pickles are not suitable substitutions. It would help to know what kind of dish the recipe is for.

          1. coll Nov 28, 2010 04:58 AM

            Cornichons are the closer, although not the same; sweet relish is the same thing as gherkins if your recipe calls for chopped.

            1. chefj Nov 28, 2010 09:47 AM

              Canapé generally refers to small salty or savory bits that are served on toasted bread to have with pre dinner drinks.
              So do you remember the relish having a sweet flavor?
              Gherkins refer to both sweet and sour pickles. They only consistency is that they are small cucumbers used to make the pickle.
              In the 50's in P.A. I would guess that they were sweet gherkins. So any sweet pickle would do as a substitute. But if it is coming from an Italian-American home ( served along side Antipasti) it could be sour just as easily.

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