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Stuffed Turkey Roll:  Rotolo di Tacchino

Stuffed Turkey Roll: Rotolo di Tacchino

Making a stuffed turkey breast roll is a good way of celebrating the holidays without having to make a whole turkey and the eating leftovers for a week.  Some of us can only handle eating turkey for two days max.  Constructing a turkey breast roll is not as difficult as you might think.  It’s relatively […]

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Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

My girlfriend Alison, who is of Greek ancestry, sparked the idea for this recipe.  She asked me if I had a roasted chicken recipe that was lemony and garlicky and had oregano in it.  Sicilians and Greeks are brothers in common for their love of lemon, garlic, and oregano.  I immediately thought of my recipe […]

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Maria's Sicilian Style Breaded Fried Chicken

Maria’s Sicilian Style Breaded Fried Chicken

What could be better than having fried chicken for a summer time picnic or get together?  Leftovers are also great the next day, if not better.  This southern Italian fried chicken is about as southern as it got in our family growing up.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one. This is my mother Maria’s fried […]

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Roasted Rosemary Chicken

Roasted Rosemary Chicken with White Wine

This recipe is one of my Aunt Sarah’s favorite dishes to serve for Sunday suppers.  It’s a simple recipe and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.  It’s a good way to use up a bottle of leftover white wine.  The recipe requires browning the vegetables before roasting them alongside the chicken.  Browning the vegetables […]

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Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

Marsala is an indigenous fortified wine frequently used in Sicilian cooking.  There are two varieties of Marsala – sweet and dry.  Sweet Marsala is savored as a desert wine and used mainly for making desserts.  Dry Marsala, which is less sweet, is enjoyed as an aperitif and used for making savory dishes.  I once ruined […]

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Grilled Chicken Involtini Messinese

Grilled Chicken Involtini Messinese

Involtini are basically roll-ups or roulades that are made of any type of thinly-sliced meat, poultry, or fish; and they can also be made with vegetables such as eggplant or zucchini.  Sicilians also refer to them as spiedini or spitini (in the Sicilian lingo) when these meat rolls are grilled on a skewer.  The word […]

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Roasted Chicken Marsala with Mushroom Gravy

Marsala Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

Marsala is a popular Italian cooking wine that is produced in the region of Sicily surrounding the city of Marsala.  Marsala wine is available either sweet or dry.  It is similar in flavor to Sherry, Port, and Madeira.  It can be served as either an aperitif or dessert wine but it is used mostly for […]

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Braised Chicken with Potatoes and White Wine

Here is another recipe to add to your “comfort food” repertoire. Chicken, potatoes, and celery are braised in a delicious white wine sauce seasoned with garlic, parsley, and bay leaves It is a simple one-dish meal that my mother would sometimes make.  On one memorable occasion, she made it using squab.  It was so sublime, I […]

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Sicilian Grilled Chicken with Ammogghiu Sauce

Warm weather is here, and that means it’s grilling time.  This zesty Sicilian grilling sauce for chicken is a favorite with the garlic lovers in my family.  All Sicilian families have their own ammogghiu recipes for grilling meats (read more on ammogghiu sauces).  This recipe was handed down from my grandmother Vincenza.  It requires very little […]

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Sicilian Style Breaded Chicken Cutlets: Cutuletti di Gaddina

To be honest with you, I could give a dissertation on the uses of breadcrumbs in Sicilian cuisine. Throwing leftover bread away was considered a sin, and frugal housewives cleverly used bread crumbs to stretch out meat dishes. These delicious seasoned bread crumbs are used to coat almost anything conceivably edible, from fish to asparagus. […]

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