Friday, September 2, 2011

Giardiniera Recipe

Italian giardiniera is basically pickled vegetables.  It has also been known to be called "sotto aceti", which means "under vinegar". Giardiniera is typically eaten as part of an antipasto salad or as an appetizer with cheese, olives and fresh bread. In different parts of the USA it is used as a condiment on top of Italian subs and on the famous New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich.

You can find it at almost every supermarket usually in the international aisle but what’s the fun of that when it's so easy to make at home!

½ head of cauliflower, cut into florets
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced into rings
2 cloves of garlic minced
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
½ tsp herbs of your choice (I used fresh thyme)
1-cup water
1-cup white vinegar
2 tbsp salt

In a large bowl combine cauliflower, celery, carrots, red pepper, garlic, pepper flakes and herbs. Toss until well combined then add to a large Mason jar. In saucepan heat vinegar, water and salt until salt is melted. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetable and cover jar with lid. Let stand for at least 48 hours so the veggies can absorb the flavors.

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