My wonderful friend Faye shared this recipe with me.  This is not the first time I have made it, but I thought everyone needs this recipe!  It is so yummy!  I am posting my pictures of the last batch I made, but her recipe.

The only thing I changed from her recipe was I added onion at the first part and garlic seasoning at the second. I probably won’t add onion again. It is a little soft. But still good.

My favorite way to eat this is on sauerkraut!  But I have had it mixed with rice, quinoa, cooked spinach, noodles and more!  It is so yummy!  I am on Weight Watchers and I count it as one point for the olive oil in it. But all the veggies are free of points! Plus I get to count a healthy oil!

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Below is copied from Faye’s Recipe on Facebook!  Thank you Faye!

Faye’s Hot Italian Giardiniera (Chicago Style)

August 8, 2011 at 1:47pm

Faye’s Hot Italian Giardiniera  (Chicago Style)

 

Giardiniera is Italian meaning “pickled vegetables” (from Italian “giardino” which means “garden” in English.)

Usually when you find giariniera outside of greater Chicago it means a mix of pickled peppers, cauliflower, carrots and pimento. Although that is good, the vinegar based pickling juice is too tart for things like hot dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches. So the Chicago Style Giardiniera is an oil cured mix which is preferable for the Italian Beef Sandwiches, and other great foods. This is the one that I’m used to (my mother-in-law is Italian from Chicago), so this is the one I made. It is awesome on Soup Beans (yes, I’m a true Southern Country girl), baked potatoes, gosh I even eat Hot Italian Giardiniera sandwiches. Nothing but bread and giardiniera! Um um good!

 

I made a large amount because .. I love this stuff. This recipe made 6 quart jars and 3 pints.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs fresh hot peppers – sliced (about 1/8 inch)
  • 4 carrots – 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 head cauliflower – 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 bunch celery – 1/8 inch slices
  • 2 – 3 cups pickling salt. (or non-idonized sea salt)

 

  • 3 – 4 cups large green pitted olives – rough chop
  • 4 tbs crushed oregano
  • 2 tbs crushed chili flakes
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • enough extra virgin olive oil to cover

 

 

Method

  1. Combine all of the vegetable – except the olives – in a large bowl. Add the salt and mix completely so the salt covers the vegetables. Add enough water to just cover the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least 12 hours.
  2. Drain the vegetable mixture and rinse very, very well to remove as much salt as possible.
  3. Add chopped olives and remaining spices. Mix well.
  4. Spoon mixture into jars. Pour olive oil into jars to cover (top off after 30 minutes when all the air has had a chance to escape from the veggies.)
  5. Put in fridge for at least 48 hours before serving.

This recipe is a rough guideline and you can change it to whatever your tastes are.

This mix will keep well about 3 months in the refrigerator. Depending on the quality of the oil it may have a tendency to “gel” when it’s cold. Simply take it out a half hour before serving to restore its consistency.

This goes great on Italian sausages, eggs, spicy tuna salad as well as hot dogs and beef sandwiches. For the vegetarian, this goes great on mock tuna salad wraps, baked potatoes, beans (all kinds), ….. pretty much everything.

And, if this produces too much giardiniera for you, remember this always makes a great gift for people with spicy tastes!

Buono Appetito

August 5, 2011 making Hot Italian Giardiniera<br />
Day 2!  We've added some green olives to the  Hot Banana peppers, Ancho peppers, Poblano peppers, Jalapeno peppers, Serrano peppers, Cayenne peppers, Habanero peppers, cauliflower, carrots, and celery.August 5, 2011 making Hot Italian Giardiniera Day 2! We’ve added some green olives to the Hot Banana peppers, Ancho peppers, Poblano peppers, Jalapeno peppers, Serrano peppers, Cayenne peppers, Habanero peppers, cauliflower, carrots, and celery.

August 5, 2011<br />
Making Hot Italian Giardiniera - Chicago Style!<br />
This is after putting all the veggies into jars and adding the olive oil.August 5, 2011 Making Hot Italian Giardiniera – Chicago Style! This is after putting all the veggies into jars and adding the olive oil.

 

I hope you make it and enjoy it!