Varieties and uses
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), hot dogs, tuna salad, sandwiches, and much more. In the U.S. it is not uncommon to use giardiniera even on pasta and pizza, which would be impossible in Italy.
A milder variety of giardiniera is used for the olive salad in the muffuletta sandwich.
Chicago-style giardiniera is commonly made "hot" with sport peppers or "mild" without, along with a combination of assorted vegetables, including bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower, serrano 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".
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