Tag Archives: Italian Appetizers
Baked Bay Scallops Gratinate

Baked Bay Scallops Gratinate

Our family celebrates Christmas with a traditional seafood dinner on Christmas Eve, as most Italians do.  This year I decided to make baked scallops instead of the usual stuffed clams my kids love.  Here’s the reason why.  As I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers the other day, I found some natural baking scallop shells […]

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Cardoon

Fried Breaded Cardoon

While grocery shopping the other day I was fortunate to come across some cardoons (carduna in the Sicilian dialect, cardi or cardone in Italian), which is a rare occurrence since there isn’t a significant Italian population where I live.  The cardoon is a valued vegetable not only to the Italians and French but also to […]

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PepperRolls

Roasted Bell Pepper Rolls: Involtini di Peperoni

These roasted peppers rolls make a stunning presentation for a holiday appetizer or as a side dish.  You can use roasted peppers in a jar that come from the supermarket to make these pepper rolls.  However, jarred roasted peppers have a slightly bitter aftertaste which comes from the citric acid that’s used as a preservative.  […]

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Octopus and Potato Salad

Octopus and Potato Salad

While visiting my daughters in the Washington, D.C. area, I made a trip to the local seafood market.  Really fresh seafood is hard to come by in the mountains of North Carolina, where my husband and I spend our summers.  I was instantly intoxicated by the variety of fish and crustaceans exhibited, including the octopus.  […]

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Spinach Arancini:  Arancini agli Spinaci

Spinach Arancini: Arancini agli Spinaci

Arancini are stuffed rice balls.  They are a popular street food in Sicily.  The most traditional fillings are tomato ragù and cheese with ham.  I heard about how popular Arancini Bros. have become in my home town of New York.  They have a huge array of fillings and flavors.  They have taken the art of arancini […]

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Calamari Salad with Olives and Capers

Calamari Salad with Green Olives and Capers

Calamari salad makes a great antipasto dish or side salad, served either chilled or at room temperature.  It is similar in flavor to octopus salad but much quicker to make.  Squid takes about one minute to cook, whereas octopus takes about one hour.  Chilling the squid for several hours helps to intensify the flavors.  I usually […]

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Milinciani Ammuttunate

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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Panelle Crepes:  Chickpea Crepes

Panelle Crepes: Chickpea Crepes

Occasionally I get cravings for panelle, a highly nutritious Sicilian snack food.  Panelle are basically fritters made of chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour.  They are not difficult to make but the process takes some time.  I came up with this recipe for making panelle in a crepe form to cut down on prep time.  These crepes taste […]

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Crostini with Caper Pate

Crostini with Caper Pate

Capers are flower buds that are either pickled in a brine solution or preserved in sea salt.  If you’ve never had capers, they have a distinctive flavor that is highly prized in southern Italian cuisine.  Capers that hail from the island of Pantelleria, part of the region of Sicily, are said to be the finest […]

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Spinach, Ricotta, and Sausage Impanata

Spinach, Ricotta, and Sausage Imapanata

                      This rustic pie is made with pizza dough and filled with spinach, sausage, and ricotta cheese.  It’s similar to a calzone or stromboli. Sicilians also call it a scacciata which means squashed or flattened because of its shape.  I rated this recipe as difficult […]

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