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For years I have wondered about giardeniera. Seen it in grocery stores in jars, purveyed in specialty stores in big buckets and such. And here’s the thing: when I finally decided to taste it after years of passing curiosity I LOVED IT.
Its bright, briny bouquet and the textures of the cauliflower and carrot was a treat for my tongue. Mind you, I am a lover of pickled things. I even like pickled eggs.
But back on topic, I was down in Alvin, sauntering through Froberg’s assessing the vegetable selection and it hit me… use Texas-y vegetables like okra and jalapeños, and concoct a giardeniera befitting The Gentleman Caller.
This is a great accompaniment on a relish tray, and works great in a bloody mary.
Get out your jars and let’s get pickled!
What you need:
- 3 carrots
- 3 large jalapeños
- 15 okra
- 15 green beans
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup white vinegar, 5% acidity
- about 3 cups of water
- 3 tbsp peppercorns
- 3 tsp celery seed
- lemon peel, optional
- jars, rings and lids to make 3 pints total
Wash your vegetables. Peel carrots, take tops off okra and jalapeños, remove the stem end of the green beans. Slice jalapeños in 1/8 inch slices, cut the carrots on an angle (see video for suggestions with flare).
Sterilize your jars by boiling them for 10 minutes in a stock pot full of water. When you remove them, add the lids and rings so that the rubber on the ring can soften.
In the microwave or a sauce pan, combine liquids, sugar and salt. bring liquid to a boil and allow everything to dissolve. Remove from heat.
Stuff the vegetables equitably into the jars. You need to really pack them full and evenly. There should be 2 cloves of garlic per pint.
Top the vegetables with peppercorns, 1 tbsp per pint, and celery seed, one tsp per pint. Pour liquid allowing 1/2 inch at the top.
Top with hot rings and lids, carefully avoiding touching the interior sides with your dirty little mitts!
Bring water in the stock pot back to a boil and process the jars upright for 20 minutes. The jars should be covered with at least an inch of water.
Remove from boiling water. Allow to sit for 2, 3, 4 weeks before you crack one open. The longer they sit, the tastier they’ll be!
This is The Gentleman Caller signing out!
Downloadable PDF here: The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Style Giardeniera