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This delicious appetizer is an original Best of Bridge recipe that has appeared in slightly different versions over the years. The perfected version (shown here) can also be found in The Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks, Volume 1. This antipasto is perfect for the holiday season. It requires a lot of chopping, but don’t use a food processor! 

  1. 1 cup olive oil 250 mL
  2. 1 large cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  3. 2 large green peppers, chopped
  4. 2 cans (each 101⁄2 oz/294 mL) sliced ripe olives, chopped
  5. 1 jar (16 oz/454 mL) green olives with pimiento, chopped
  6. 2 jars (each 13 oz/370 mL) pickled onions, chopped
  7. 2 cans (each 10 oz/284 mL) mushroom stems and pieces
  8. 1 jar (48 oz/1.4 L) mixed pickles, chopped
  9. 2 bottles (each 48 oz/1.4 L) ketchup
  10. 1 bottle (15 oz/426 mL) hot ketchup
  11. 2 cans (each 2 oz/56 g) anchovies, chopped (optional)
  12. 3 cans (each 41⁄2 oz/128 g) solid tuna, chopped
  13. 3 cans (each 4 oz/114 g) small shrimp
  1. Drain all jars and cans. Put all ingredients, except the fish, into a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Pour boiling water over all the fish to rinse. Drain and add to mixture. Gently stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into clean airtight containers, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) headspace. Let cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with crackers. Makes 8 to 9 cups (2 to 2.25 L).
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This recipe is available in the book The Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks Volume One.

This recipe is available in the book Best of Bridge Holiday Classics.

This recipe is available in the book The Best of the Best and More.