Saturday, August 27, 2011


I really like giardiniara but have never been satisfied with the jarred store bought brands.
Recently on the Food Channel I watched a new show called "Sandwich King". They made
Chicago style Italian Beef sandwiches topped with a homemade giardiniara. It looked so good
that I had to give it a try, so here it is.


1/4 c salt (I prefer sea salt but you could use regular table salt)
1 c diced carrots (3 medium sized carrots)
1 c small cauliflower florets
2 diced and seeded jalapenos (leave the seeds if you like it hotter)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 rib of minced celery
1 diced red bell pepper
2 c canola oil
1 tbsp oregano


Dissolve the salt in 2 cups of water. Add the carrots, cauliflower, jalapenos, garlic, and
bell pepper and stir well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Drain and
rinse the veggies to remove the excess salt then place in a clean bowl. Pour the canola
oil in and mix well. Cover again with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two days then
place in a clean air tight jar. It should keep well in the fridge for at least 2 to 3 weeks,
that is unless you eat it all within the first week.


  1. This really looks good Tom. I have actually never had giardiniara though I remember seeing it at the store. Your home made version has to be miles better, so this may be the best way for me to give it a try.

  2. It is better Joe. I've bought a few at the store and they taste so over processed and the veggies are usually cut to large for a sandwich topping. In Chicago giardiniara is used to top Italian beef sandwiches, I made them recently and used this giardiniara and they were awesome. It would make a great accompaniment to an anti-pasta. The oil also makes a great dipping oil for bread and for frying up some eggs.


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