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SPICY! The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Style Giardeniera

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

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.

Froberg’s Farm in Alvin, TX

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

 

Texas Meets Egypt – The Gentleman’s Black-eyed-pea Hummus

Knock knock knock.

Gentleman Caller.

I really love a good dip. The bad news is most dips are nasty for you. Mayonnaise-laden, cheesy, greasy, bacon-y. Now that I have you salivating, I’m going to offer this healthy alternative with a twist.

I was experimenting and wondered how black eyed peas would work as a chick pea replacement in hummus. I eat so much hummus. And commercial hummus is shockingly expensive given that it’s basically ground up beans.

So here is my budget-friendly, waist line-friendly, time-friendly black eyed pea hummus with zesty jalapeños.

What you need:

  • 15 oz can No Salt Added black eyed peas
  • one large carrot, or 2 small carrots
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeño salt*
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2-4 tbsp chopped pickled jalapeños

*If you don’t like spicy things, use regular salt. Fiesta makes GREAT jalapeño salt. www.fiestaspices.com

Here we go; this is so easy you won’t believe it.

Rough chop the carrot, removing the ends. You don’t even have to peel it, just make sure it is clean. Combine the carrot and the garlic cloves. Stir with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast in a 350 degree oven, covered, for about an hour.

In a non-stick sauce pan, stir the cumin on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Cumin burns; don’t burn it. This is going to open up the flavors. You can skip this step if you want.

Place all ingredients except remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it’s coarsely mixed. Then stop pulsing, turn the processor ON and slowly pour the remaining oil in through the feed tube. Allow to process until it’s perfectly smooth.

Stir 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeños into the smooth hummus. (I actually prefer 4 tablespoons, but that gets spicy!)

You are ready to serve! Top with another scoop of jalapeños and a drizzle of robust olive oil. I prefer tortilla chips with this, but pita chips would be great, too.

Here’s the printable PDF: The Gentleman’s Black Eyed Pea Hummus

Enjoy!

xo,

The Gentleman Caller