Chicago-Style Hot Giardiniera
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling
Great Chicago recipe. I am all about the hot peppers, so I adjusted mine to mostly jalapenos with a few serranos. Thank you for helping me make my own. My favorite giardinieras are from Duke's in Burbank/Bridgeview and the old Chickie's on 31st and Pulaski.
Very addictive. I'll have to try olive oil next time.
So, if you are a native from Chicago (as I am a born and raised Chicagoan), this is pretty authentic. And contrary to the previous post, you ABSOLUTELY have cauliflower in authentic Chicago style giardiniera!!! Only thing I would change is using olive oil rather than canola. I also add red bell peppers, green bell peppers chopped into thin strips. It is AMAZING on sausage, italian beef, even on turkey sandwhiches - awesome. Adds just the right amount of crunch, savory and spice.
I've lived in Chicago for only five years, but this is really good. You are going to want to chop your veggies more than is shown in this picture though. Most giardiniera I've eaten has been much more finely chopped and usually doesn't have cauliflower, but I would keep it because it's really good for you! You could certainly add other veggies that you like. Use it as a topping for hot dogs, sausages, Italian roast beef or muffaletta.