Giardiniera

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For the Fiat 500 based "Giardiniera" station wagon, see Autobianchi Bianchina.
A dish of giardiniera.

Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil.[1][2]

Varieties and uses[edit]

A sandwich accompanied with giardiniera

Italian giardiniera is also called sottaceti ("under vinegar"), a common term for pickled foods. It is typically eaten as an antipasto or with salads.[3]

In the United States, giardiniera is commonly available in traditional or spicy varieties, and the latter is sometimes referred to as "Hot Mix".

Giardiniera is a very versatile condiment that can be used on a variety of different foods such as Bratwurst, Bruschetta, Burgers, Pasta Salad, Eggs ( Omelets), Italian Beef, Hot Dogs, Pasta, Pizza, Sandwich, Tuna Salad, and much more.

In the cuisine of Chicago, giardiniera is used as a condiment, typically as a topping on Italian beef sandwiches.[4]

A milder variety of giardiniera is used for the olive salad in the muffuletta sandwich.

Ingredients[edit]

The Italian version includes peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower and gherkins. The pickled vegetables are marinated in oil, red- or white-wine vinegar, herbs and spices.

Chicago-style giardiniera is commonly made "hot" with sport peppers[5] or "mild" without, along with a combination of assorted vegetables, including bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower,[5] serano peppers and gherkins, and sometimes crushed red pepper flakes, all marinated in vegetable oil, olive oil, soybean oil, or any combination of the three. Some commercially-prepared versions are labeled "Chicago-style giardiniera".[6]

Brands[edit]

  • Kelsey D's

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Robin (November 2007). Quick Fix Meals: 200 Simple, Delicious Recipes to Make Mealtime Easy. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-1-56158-947-0. 
  2. ^ Larsen, L. (2007). The About.Com Guide To Shortcut Cooking: 225 Simple and Delicious Recipes for the Chef on the Go. About.com Guides. Adams Media. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-59869-273-0. 
  3. ^ Lombardi, Skip (2004). La Cucina dei Poveri. p. 8. ISBN 1-4116-1141-1. 
  4. ^ Gillespie, K.; Joachim, D. (2012). Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking. Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. p. 231. ISBN 978-1-4494-2642-2. 
  5. ^ a b Mercuri, B. (2009). American Sandwich. Gibbs Smith, Publisher. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-4236-1192-9. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Capone, D.M. (2010). Uncle Al Capone: The Untold Story from Inside His Family. Recap Publishing Company. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-9828451-0-3.