This week brought a bumper crop of red hot cherry peppers. I love these little beauties; they have a sweet hot punch. I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a good use for them. And then I remembered Giardiniera: an Italian sweet hot pickled vegetable mix typically used as an antipasto. Perfect! And oh, so delicious!
Once you’ve tasted this deliciousness you’ll discover a million uses for it. Here’s a simple, but scrumptious bruschetta … I hate to admit it, but I ate almost a whole loaf of this perfectly toasted sourdough bread topped with Giardiniera for dinner along with handfuls of sweet cherry tomatoes from the tomato bush outside my door. Oh, I was so stuffed, but man was it good! The flavors of summer are intoxicating.
Or you can top an Italian sub sandwich (as they do in Chicago), or layer it on pizza, or a bagel with cream cheese, or mix it in with your salad. Or eat it straight out of the jar. Whatever, you’ll love it!
And it’s a great way to use up your summer veggies. A win-win in my book.
Oh, and did I mention it’s ridiculously easy to make? Uh, huh. Follow me.