Antipasto Recipe -
Antipasto Recipe
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"This recipe makes a huge amount. I can it and give it away as Christmas gifts. We usually make this as a group project to cut down on prep time and cost. The ingredient amounts may be altered proportionally as needed."

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Original recipe makes 1 gallon Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    30 mins

    9 hrs 30 mins


  1. In a large bowl with enough lightly salted water to cover, place the cauliflower, pearl onions, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, celery and cucumbers. Soak 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.
  2. In a small bowl with enough lightly salted water to cover, place the carrots. Soak 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.
  3. In a large saucepan, place the vegetable oil, vinegar, tomato paste and pickling spice. Bring the mixture to a boil. Drain and rinse the carrots, and place them in the mixture. Boil 10 minutes.
  4. Drain and rinse the vegetables in the cauliflower mixture. Place them into the saucepan. Cook 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender but crisp.
  5. Stir black olives, green olives, mushrooms and tuna into the mixture. Remove the mixture from heat. Discard the wrapped pickling spice. While still hot, transfer to sterile containers and refrigerate.
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Aug 30, 2008

I also found this recipe to have too much vinegar at first. But I remedied this by adding a half cup of ketchup, a quarter cup of white sugar and another small can of tomato paste. That fixed it. I also have to note that once canned in my pressure canner, this recipe takes on a rich, fuller taste and the texture is also improved. This stuff turned out to be so good that I immediately made another batch. I will be proud to give some away as Christmas gifts, but not too much as I want most of it for myself. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 25, 2004

Thank you for posting this recipe. My mother used to make this and over the years I've lost the recipe. I m very happy to have it again. This is wonderful to eat on crackers and well worth the effort. Thanks again.


21 Ratings

Aug 02, 2007

This is a variation from one of my mother's most popular recipes. With some minor changes (I steamed the cauliflower and the carrots instead, used stuffed green olives and added some capers)the ingredients are pretty much the same. This is a GREAT dish, perfect to keep in the fridge and just eat with some crackers during a hot summer day.

May 28, 2008

Antipasto and old Italian family fav. Although my family has a 'wartime' variation on this that doesn't require any cooking, lot's of jars and cans... Mezzetta Giardiniera is a mix of carrots, celery, cauliflower already pickled and jarred. Marinated artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms (drained,) pickled pearl onions, pimento stuffed green olives, pepperoncinni, black olives, tomato sauce, and tuna. Drain all the jars and cans, mix it up and chill in the fridge. If you don't like vinegar you'll hate

Sep 02, 2010

This was my first time making anti pasto, I followed other reviews on halfing the amount of vinegar and oil. Next time I would add a second can of tuna as my boyfriend said there wasn't enough. This does make a huge amount - I even had to go buy a bigger pot to cook it in- but I just put it into jars and they sealed from the heat. It turned out well, the flavor definitely increases over time so it's nice to let the jar sit for a week or two.

Oct 19, 2009

I agree--too much vinegar and too much oil. I cut the vinegar to 1/2 cup and oil to 1/2 cup. I used 2 cups chicken broth. Next time I would add another 6 oz can of tomato paste. I would eliminate the pickling spice and add Italian spices directly to the tomato sauce. I put my canning jars in the dishwasher, wash them and dry with heat. When they are done, I put the hot antipasto in them and put the seals/caps on. I just heard two seal. No need to put in water bath if you start with hot jars.

Dec 26, 2005

When I was in college, my best-friend's mother provide us with jars of antipasto for our fall camping trips along the California coast-this must be her secret recipe! Other than it being a little too oily, this was great! My family enjoyed it with San Francisco sourdough french bread and a bottle of Sangiovese.

Oct 04, 2010

Absolutely ... the BEST Antipasto recipe I have ever made. I substituted canned shrimp for the Tuna.


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  • Calories
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 8.5 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 168 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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