A small jar of giardiniera condiment
The Important Condiment Every Italian Beef Sandwich Needs
When making an Italian beef sandwich, the ingredient that should have your attention is giardiniera, the essential condiment to all Italian beef sandwiches.
Giardiniera is a pickled medley of finely-chopped vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, and celery bathed in a blend of vinegar, oil, and spices.
Italian beef sandwiches are traditionally made with succulent roast beef soaked in its own juices. It can be quite rich, which giardiniera’s acidity cuts through to balance out.
Giardiniera’s tangy, spicy profile is the perfect counterpoint to the rich flavors of meat, elevating the humble Italian beef sandwich to new heights by adding acidity and crunch.
Giardiniera's versatility extends beyond sandwiches. It's also excellent with charcuterie, as a topping on pizzas, or even stirred into pasta and salads.