recipe from the Chicago Tribune, of course, with minor changes by me...of course.
giardiniera in Italy is more of an antipasto. in Chicago, it's a condiment that tops every sandwich, especially Italian beef. me, i like that it's pickled and good for just munching with say an omelette or a baked potato or anything else that needs more texture and/or zest.
1. combine the jalapeños, bell peppers, celery, carrot, onion
and cauliflower in the biggest bowl you've got; stir in the salt. add cold
water to cover vegetables; cover bowl. refrigerate 12 hours.
2. drain salt
water; lightly rinse vegetables. set aside in the bowl.
3. combine the garlic, olives, oregano, red pepper flakes, celery seeds, mustard seeds and black pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
4. pour the vinegar into the seasoning bowl and whisk. slowly drizzle in the oil and whisk until completely emulsified.
5. pour over your vegetable mixture; toss lightly. divide up into glass jars.
topping off: if there's not enough marinade, add a 3:5 mix of vinegar and oil to top off container.
6. refrigerate at least 48 hours before using. the giardiniera will
keep in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks, if they last that long. the longer that you let it pickle for, the more intense the flavor.
safety first: first off, since giardiniera is highly acidic, botulism is not really a problem. if you are still worried, check out the National Center for Home
Food Preservation. click here for info about how to properly sterilize your containers and how to select them. highly
recommend checking out their site, as the research is
scientifically-backed so you can be assured that it's not untested
The Paupered Chef mentions that the vinegar and oil should play a more muted role, so switched regular white distilled for the apple cider vinegar and a neutral vegetable oil for the olive oil (actually rethinking that olive oil might be better even if it does get coagulated; apple cider definitely a bad taste match). possibly reduce vinegar to 3/4 and hope the oil/vinegar mixture doesn't separate and remains emulsified.
need to add some banana peppers! possibly 5/6 would be good...and just more peppers. my man wants less cauliflower.