Quick winter pickles can satisfy the desire for crunch and put a new, fresh taste on your plate. Year round, Chicagoans embrace giardiniera, a satisfying mix of cauliflower, carrots and peppers that are brined, then marinated in a zesty dressing.
Tavernita's Ryan Poli poaches the fennel in olive oil and fragrant spices, brings the mixture to a simmer, then turns the heat off. A last-minute addition of red wine vinegar brings an acidic element to the licorice-flavored vegetable.
I had lots of peppers to preserve. I assumed Italian style preservation would be just olive oil, but every recipe I found was more towards pickling, and so I developed this Pickled Pepper in Oil recipe and it is great for all kinds of peppers!