How to Make Giardiniera (Chicago Style)
You need Chef Tom’s Chicago Style Giardiniera in your life! With just a little bit of knife work and a simple oil and vinegar marinade, Chef Tom demonstrates the simplicity of this iconic Chicago Condiment. This pickled veggie relish is perfect on Italian beef sandwiches, brats, eggs, and pasta salad to name a few.
- 1 cup serrano peppers, small dice
- 1 cup cauliflower, small dice
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, small dice
- 1/2 cup carrot, small dice
- 1/2 cup celery, small dice
1/2 cup Jacobsen Salt Co. Kosher Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup sport peppers, small dice
- 1/2 cup green olives, small dice
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp celery seeds
- 1 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup Saica Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Colonial Chile Oil
- To make the Chicago Giardiniera, combine the Serranos, cauliflower, red bell, carrot and celery in a small container. Add the 1/2 cup salt and toss to coat. Cover and let brine in the refrigerator overnight.
- The next day, rinse the veggies and discard any collected water. Place the veggies in a mixing bowl and add the sport peppers, green olives, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and celery seeds. Toss well.
- Transfer to a quart sized mason jar. Add the vinegar and oils. Store in the refrigerator. Best after 2-3 days of sitting.
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