Born in the farmer families out of a commitment to not waste the summer bounty, and a need to prevent periods of food scarcity, giardiniera (“pickled vegetable mix”) is the unsung hero of Italian culinary heritage. A creation that encloses the flavors of summer, and can be savored months down the line.
This symphony of summer flavors carefully sealed within its glass confines, is an Italian pantry staple, and, as with many humble, century-old recipes, each and every family has its own specific spin to it. Today we want to share the recipe that Rita has perfected over the years, and which now manages to brighten up even the grayest of winter days.
PS: In the Ruffoni family, Rita's cherished antipasto di verdure takes center stage as an appetizer: on its own, paired with a selection of cheeses, or generously spread over crunchy bruschette. However, the possibilities are endless: add it to your omelets, use it for delicious sandwiches or let your imagination run wild!