Giardiniera

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

Giardiniera (Italian pronunciation: [dʒardiˈnjɛːra]) 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), 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.

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 bell 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] 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".[6]

Brands[edit]

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.