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Giardiniera

By In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita

INGREDIENTS

4 cups white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. kosher salt
6 garlic cloves, left whole and peeled
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 to 1 1/2 cups water
About 2 cups small cauliflower florets
12 pearl onions, trimmed, blanched and peeled
2 medium carrots, sliced or diced
1 small zucchini, sliced or diced
1/2 large or 1 small red pepper, diced
1/2 fennel bulb, diced
1 to 2 fresh finger or Thai chiles, sliced or to taste

PREPARATION

Add vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, bay leaves, and dried oregano to large saucepan. For a very tart pickle add only 1 cup water. Add 1/2 cup more water for less tart. Bring to a boil and cook just until sugar and salt dissolve.

Blanch veggies in vinegar mixture until heated through but still firm, about 3 to 5 minutes. (For best results, blanch each vegetable separately.) Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon or spider, reserving the vinegar mixture.

Pack vegetables into 4 clean (500 ml) mason jars or 2 clean (1 litre) mason jars. Pour vinegar mixture over top. Add sliced chiles to each jar. Cover with lid. When cool, refrigerate. Let stand for 1 to 2 days before serving for best flavour. Store in fridge and use within 2 weeks.

Yield: 4 (500 ml) mason jars or 2 (1 litre) mason jars.