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Giardiniera Recipe
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Giardiniera Recipe

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Sweet and tangy, this Italian condiment is packed with peppers, cauliflower, carrots and other crisp-tender veggies. It’s perfect to offer alongside pickles or olives on a relish tray.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Process: 10 min./batch
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Process: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons canning salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 2 small heads cauliflower, broken into small florets (about 12 cups)
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 48 pearl onions, peeled and trimmed (about 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 4 large sweet red peppers, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 4 serrano peppers, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 20 whole peppercorns
  • 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced


  1. In a large kettle, combine the vinegar, sugar, water, canning salt, oregano and fennel seed. Bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower, carrots, celery, and onions; return to a boil. Remove from the heat; add peppers.
  2. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot 1-pint jars, leaving 1/2 in. headspace. Add a bay leaf, 2 peppercorns and a few slices of garlic to each jar. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 10 pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.
Originally published as Giardiniera in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p63

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