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Giardiniera
03-04-2014, 02:31 PM
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Giardiniera
Late Autumn of last year I did a little SoCal moto-touring with a couple who hailed from east of the Cheddar Curtain in Cheezesconsin. They turned me on to a Chicago dive called Portillos, specializing in "EYE-talian sanGwiches" as they phrased it. The sammich was pretty decent( after riding the twisties all day THEN splitting lanes in the rain on the 210 for 1.5hrs I'd have eaten the *** out of a dead rhino.Big Grin), but the item that really made it shine was the giardiniera.

Flash forward a few months and I've got this inexplicable craving for an "EYE-talian sanGwich". Found this recipe in the most recent copy of Food&Wine---> http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/confetti-giardiniera and threw it together. Now all I gotta do is wait 2 weeks for it to pickle so'z I can build da sanGwiches.

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03-04-2014, 04:47 PM
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RE: Giardiniera
Take those jalapeƱos out and I will willingly eat a jar of that.
Mmm!
My grandmother used to make the mild variety.

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03-07-2014, 02:54 PM
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RE: Giardiniera
Roger that...sin picoso for Nettie.

One more week of pickling and it's EYE-talian sanGwich time...

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03-07-2014, 05:56 PM
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Sounds good, I shall be there!!! Cool
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03-07-2014, 06:19 PM
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It would be my pleasure. You bring the wine!Big Grin[/b]

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03-07-2014, 06:50 PM
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With great pleasure Tongue
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03-08-2014, 08:19 PM
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You guys are making me salivate UNCONTROLLABLY!!!

We used to get jars resembling that when I was in the navy. Although - as I recall, they didnt last long. Somebody kept eatin em. I wonder....

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10-30-2014, 07:39 PM
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Wow!

I love that stuff! A little red wine, some bread and salami...my mouth is watering.

...and my eyes will be all puffy from the salt. Totally worth it though!
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10-30-2014, 09:31 PM
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(10-30-2014 07:39 PM)VincentUlyssis Wrote:  I love that stuff! A little red wine, some bread and salami...my mouth is watering.

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10-31-2014, 10:22 AM
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(10-30-2014 07:39 PM)VincentUlyssis Wrote:  ...and my eyes will be all puffy from the salt.

It's interesting you mention NaCl Vincente. I've since prepared this relish twice more now, and I've reduced the sodium content both times. Ultimately, I believe that half the called for rate is about right for my tastes. Though trials are still ongoing, so it might be even less.

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