Inside Our Test Kitchen: Mix It Up with Giardiniera - Rachael Ray Every Day

Inside Our Test Kitchen: Mix It Up with Giardiniera

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You’ve probably seen giardiniera dressing up antipasti platters at your favorite Italian joint, but the brined vegetable medley is much more than a pretty face. Packed with a variety of vegetables—like cauliflower, peppers, carrots, celery and spicy chiles—it’s like getting a bunch of different pickles in one jar! You can buy it from the supermarket or make your own with this recipe.

Giardiniera

Easy Giardiniera

In the October 2016 issue, Rach chops some up to make an easy burger relish—and here a few more ideas for adding a little tang to your day.

1. Spice up your sides. Stir chopped giardiniera into potato or pasta salad.

Try it here:

Creamy Potato Salad

Creamy Potato Salad

2. Give cocktails a kick. For a drink with extra zing, use the brine in a dirty martini. Garnish with a few of the olives or cauliflower.

Try it here:

Pickled Dirty Martini

Pickled Dirty Martini

3. Make grilled cheese greater. Roughly chop giardiniera and place between slices of cheese before putting your sandwich in the pan.

Try it here:

Grilled Cheese

Basic Grilled Cheese

Want even more of that briny goodness? Try it in these five recipes:

Carbonara Burgers

Carbonara Burgers
Big Sur Focaccia

Big Sur Focaccia

Ultimate Falafel Patty Melts

Ultimate Falafel Patty Melts

Roasted Chickpea Salad

Roasted Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

Grilled Vegetable

Grilled Vegetable Muffuletta

-- By Gabriella Gershenson