November 22, 2013

  • Makes: Makes about 6 L.


1/2-1 cup olive or canola oil, or half of each

1 small head cauliflower, chopped/separated into small florets

1 large or 2 medium purple onions, peeled and chopped

2 – 375 mL cans or jars pitted, sliced black olives

2 – 375 mL cans or jars manzanilla olives, sliced

2 small red or yellow bell peppers, seeded and chopped

3 – 106 g cans small cocktail shrimp, or about 1 1/2 cups tiny frozen shrimp

3 cans tuna, drained

3 1/2 cups ketchup

1 cup white vinegar

2 – 10 oz. (284 mL) cans mushroom slices or pieces, drained


1In a very large pot, combine the oil, cauliflower, onions and olives and bring it all to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. (This is how it’s worded in the original book – it sounds as if the veg are boiling in oil, but really the ratio is so great that it’s a lot of cauliflower, onions and olives sort of glistening in the oil – it’s hard to tell if it’s actually “boiling”, so just make sure it’s cooking to the point where any juices you see are bubbling.)

2Add the remaining ingredients and heat just until it boils. (Don't let it go on cooking too long, or the veggies will start to break down and release their liquid.) If you're using jars, pour the hot antipasto into hot, sterilized jars; seal and cool. Otherwise, remove the pot from the heat and let the antipasto cool, then transfer to containers to store in the fridge or freeze.


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2 comments on “Antipasto

  1. Marilou
    December 14, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Julie, do you defrost the shrimp beforehand or so you let it « thaw » by cooking then with the remaining ingredients? I’ll be trying out your recipe for Christmas 🙂 Many thanks!

    • Julie
      December 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      I usually let them thaw in a colander before adding them, but they’re probably fine going in frozen and heating through! You just don’t want to add any extra moisture (in the form of melted ice) to the mixture.

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