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GIARDINIERA, SWEET AND HOT
If you love a sweet and spicy Giardiniera mix, this is the recipe for you! Bob and I used to buy this all the time because we believed it was a healthy snack. Then we noticed the sky-high sodium and discontinued snacking on it. Since I’ve been on a fresh veggie kick recently, I had a craving for Giardiniera. I came up with what Bob and I believe to be an outstanding and less salty version. Best of all, if you want it hotter, you can easily add more hot. If you want it sweeter, add a little more sugar.
Please know that there was a lot more cauliflower and carrots immediately after making the Giardiniera. Someone, (namely Bob) kept picking them out and eating them. (OK, I had a few, but it was mostly Bob).
5 cups raw vegetables, peeled and sliced
1 TBSP garlic, sliced or minced
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
¼ – 1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper or 10 peppercorns
4 tsp dried dill weed or 3 sprigs fresh dill
1 ½ tsp chili oil (add 2 tsp for hotter mix)
Place all vegetables except onion and cucumber in a 4 qt saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring covered pot to a boil. Boil one minute only because you want the veggies crisp tender. Drain in colander. (Keep in mind that the veggies will be cooking as the water comes to a boil. Also, they’ll continue cooking after you drain them unless you plunge in iced water. Whether you plunge in iced water is entirely up to you. It depends on the degree of tenderness you want. You could also rinse with very cold water to help stop the cooking process.)
In small bowl, whisk garlic, white vinegar, water, sugar, salt, pepper, dill weed and chili oil. Set aside.
Add cooked veggies, corn, and cucumber to a large bowl and pour marinating liquid over them. Stir to combine. Pour into sterilized jars making sure to push veggies down until they are covered by liquid. (If necessary, add enough vinegar and water in a 50/50 mix to fill jars completely. Cover, and refrigerate for a couple of days for best flavor.
VEGETABLES: carrots, bell peppers, mini sweet peppers, asparagus, sliced red onion, scallions, 1 ear corn cut off cob, cauliflower florets, celery, cucumber
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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2016