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Roast Eggplant with Garlic, Cheese, and Herbs

My father loved to cook. This recipe is a simple dish my father made.  It’s easy to prepare and so delicious.  Fresh herbs, garlic, and cheese really make this eggplant dish flavorful. When buying eggplants, choose eggplants that are firm, shiny, and blemish-free.   I recommend using the Italian or Globe variety for this recipe. They […]

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Sicilian Vegetable Stew:  Canazzu

Sicilian Vegetable Stew: Canazzu

Canazzu, or canazzo, is a flavorful mélange of stewed vegetables consisting mainly of eggplant, much like caponata.  This rustic Mediterranean dish is similar to the southern Italian ciambotta, the French ratatouille, and the Spanish pisto.  The word canazzu means ugly dog and the name implies a dish that is thrown together quickly and looks rather […]

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Baked Pasta with Pork Ragu and Eggplant

Baked Pasta with Pork Ragu and Eggplant

My grandmother Vincenza would make this delicious baked ziti dish for special family occasions.  The ziti is combined with a tomato sauce ragú made with pork, currants, and pine nuts and then layered with slices of fried eggplant.  It’s a great dish you can make ahead of time and heat before serving.  I’m planning a […]

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Stuffed Baby Eggplants in Tomato Sauce

The humble eggplant, to the Sicilian cook, is like clay to a sculptor.  It can be molded, shaped, and interpreted in limitless ways.  Baby eggplants are cooked many different ways in Sicily but stuffing them is the most popular method.  Much to my surprise, my local grocery store had some Indian eggplants available, which is a […]

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Stuffed Eggplant Rolls:  Involtini di Melanzana

Stuffed Eggplant Rolls: Involtini di Melanzana

Involtini are small stuffed roll-ups made with either thinly sliced meats or vegetables.  These involtini are made using thinly sliced roasted eggplant (milinciana in the Sicilian dialect), filled with a flavorful browned bread crumb (muddica atturata) mixture, and baked in tomato sauce.  This delicious traditional filling is made with toasted bread crumbs, shallots, Percorino cheese, […]

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Roasted Eggplant Salad

Roasted Eggplant Salad

  My daughter Amanda decided she was going to start a mini-farm this year.  Mind you, she has never grown a vegetable in all her life.  I was really amazed at all the stuff she grew.  Some of the squash looked like they were on steroids.  Unlike the rest of my family I have never had […]

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Eggplant Parmesan

Who doesn’t love Eggplant Parmesan – layers of fried, breaded eggplant smothered in a rich tomato sauce with oregano and cheese and then baked until the mozzarella is melted and oozing!  Eggplant Parmesan, is an old Sicilian dish.  The dish, although commonly called Eggplant Parmesan, actually has nothing to do with the City of Parma […]

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Marinated Eggplant: Melanzane Sott’olio

Sott’olio is a term that means preserved in olive oil.  Eggplant, artichokes, zucchini, cauliflower, and bell peppers can be made this way.  There are two methods for making melanzane sott’olio.  The traditional Sicilian method is to use raw eggplant.  In the alternative method the eggplant is cooked.  It’s really a simple process.  In this recipe […]

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Easy Baked Caponata (Capunata)

Caponata is a Sicilian eggplant appetizer, but it can also be served as a side dish for fish.  It has a sweet and sour character.  The secret to making a successful caponata is to get the balance between the vinegar and sugar just right – not too vinegary, not too sweet.  There are hundreds of […]

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Sicilian Style Grilled Eggplant

This dish goes well with grilled steak or chicken. You can also substitute zucchini for the eggplant. I like to eat the grilled eggplant in a sandwich, between a crusty bread roll with thin slices of melted mozzarella cheese on top.   SICILIAN STYLE GRILLED EGGPLANT 2 Globe eggplants (approximately 1pound each) Salt 2 cloves […]

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