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Giardiniera

(Makes about 2 quarts)
Giardiniera
Giardiniera (pronounced jar-din-AIR-a) is a crunchy mix of pickled vegetables which usually include
cauliflower, carrots, and peppers.  The Italian word giardiniera refers to a gardener. Giardiniera is also
called sotto aceti, which means under vinegar, a common term for pickled foods.  The vegetables are first
brined and then marinated in a zesty dressing.  It is typically eaten as part of an antipasto platter but is also
wonderful on Italian sub sandwiches, Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches, sausage sandwiches,
French dips, pastas, or even as a pizza topping. Milder varieties of giardiniera are used for the olive salad
in the classic Muffuletta sandwich. The mix of ingredients can be adjusted to your tastes; if you love carrots,
add more or introduce zucchini, eggplant, onions or green beans. If you want it extra-spicy, add more
serranos or red pepper flakes. Chop the vegetables uniformly; mincing makes a great relish for a
sandwich or a hot dog, while larger pieces are better for antipasto or a side dish.
Ingredients:

4 to 8 serrano chiles, seeds removed and thinly sliced
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/2 cup salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
6-8 whole black peppercorns
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup olive oil


Directions:

Combine the chiles, peppers, celery, carrots, and cauliflower in a large ceramic
or glass bowl.  Add the salt and use your hands to blend it into the vegetable
mixture.  Add enough water to cover the vegetables. Cover the bowl and
refrigerate for about 12 hours or overnight.

Drain the vegetables; rinse them thoroughly under cold running water to remove
the salt.  Rinse out the bowl and add the remaining ingredients to it.  Whisk
the ingredients to blend.  Return the drained vegetables to the bowl.  Use you
hands to blend the vegetables with the seasoning mixture.  Cover the bowl and
refrigerate for 2 to 3 days before serving.  The mixture may also be packed into
sterilized jars and refrigerated for longer storage.
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