What IS Giardiniera? ”Giardiniera” refers to pickled vegetables, in varying degrees of heat. In Chicago, where Caitlin attended culinary school, hot giardiniera is offered on everything from sandwiches to pizzas.
Omit altogether the jalapenos and crushed red pepper called for in this giardiniera recipe if you are not a fan of heat. If you can’t get enough, however, substitute a hotter pepper like a Serrano, or even a scotch bonnet (but, even if you’re brave, definitely only use one). Serve the giardiniera recipe as a condiment for the ultimate addition of heat and crunch; reserve the flavor-rich oil as a meat marinade, or even a salad dressing.
homemade hot Italian giardiniera recipe cooking information
- Yield: About 6 Cups
- Prep Time: 30-40 Minutes
- Cook Time: 2 Hours
homemade hot Italian giardiniera ingredients
- ½ White Onion
- 4 Ribs of Celery
- 3 Carrots
- 2 Red Bell Peppers
- 1 5-oz. Jar Sliced Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
- 1 Head of Cauliflower
- 1 Bulb of Garlic
- 8 Jalapenos
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Tablespoons Dried Italian Seasoning
- 1½ Cups Red Wine Vinegar
- 1½ Cups Olive Oil
- 4 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
homemade hot Italian giardiniera recipe instruction
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
- Prepare your ingredients: Finely dice your onion, celery, carrots, bell peppers, and cauliflower florets. Throw all of it — including the jar of olives, drained — into a small, deep roasting pan. Slice your jalapenos in half lengthwise. Cut your garlic bulb in half widthwise so each half remains intact.
- In a small pot combine your vinegar, olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, halved jalapenos and garlic. Bring to a boil.
- Let the liquid cook for 5 minutes and then pour over the diced vegetables.
- Cover with foil and place in the oven to cook for 2 hours.
- When the 2 hours have passed, remove from the oven. Take off the foil and let cool. Once the giardiniera has cooled, pull out the jalapeno and garlic halves.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and spoon over everything!
homemade hot Italian giardiniera tips and tricks
- Because these veggies are pickled, and as long as they are kept in the refrigerator and have enough liquid around them, they will last at least a couple of weeks.