Total Time
24hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 24 hrs

This recipe is great on roast beef sandwiches - hot or cold. It's origin is Al's #1 Italian Beef in Chicago. The recipe was printed in the Blue Plate Specials cookbook. It's like a regular giardiniera, but everything is chopped finely like relish so that it works well on a sandwich. Hint - the food processor is great for mincing the vegetables. Note - the cooking time is really the chill time. This is also excellent with cream cheese on a cracker.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. After mincing the vegetables, combine all ingredients.
  2. Mix well and cover.
  3. Store in the refrigerator at least 24- 48 hours before serving.
  4. Stir a few times during this period.
  5. Store in the refrigerator up to a week.
Most Helpful

5 5

This worked great on my chicago beef sandwiches. Perfection. I've never had Al's, but we had a place in Largo (Bono's) that sold chicago beef and this is as close to their giardiniera that I've ever come across. Only diff I believe is that theirs is hotter, which I can easily adjust with more flakes. Thank you for posting this, my search is over!