Tag Archives: Italian Vegetable Dishes
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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Artichoke Gratinata

Artichoke Gratinata

I found some baby artichokes at my local supermarket yesterday, most likely the last of the season.  I was hoping to also find some fresh fava beans and peas to make a frittedda – a Sicilian mélange of artichokes, favas, and peas.  No luck on the favas and peas so I decided to make the […]

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Potatoes Pizzaiola:  Patate alla Pizzaiola

Potatoes Pizzaiola: Patate alla Pizzaiola

Who doesn’t love fried potatoes?  Pizzaiola means pizza style, or in this case Sicilian style pizza.  This dish is made with fried potatoes which are layered, smothered in marinara sauce topped with oregano and grated cheese, and then the whole concoction is baked.  It’s kind of like a potato lasagna.  Just in case you’re wondering where […]

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Wilted Escarole with Black Olives and Capers

Wilted Escarole with Black Olives and Capers

Consuming greens or green leafy vegetables is undisputedly beneficial to your health.  Italians love greens (verdura), especially bitter greens like escarole (scarola), chicory, and curly endive.  I ate greens frequently as a child.  My parents extolled the virtue of eating greens, claiming that they purified the blood and were good for digestion.  When I was […]

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Cauliflower Fritters

My mom was a working mother so she didn’t have a lot of time to prepare dinners during the week.  These were always a hit whenever she made them, especially at Thanksgiving.  I say why eat turkey when the sides are so much tastier– skip the turkey please! These batter dipped cauliflower fritters with grated cheese are easy and […]

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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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Sicilian Baked Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Sicilian Baked Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Sicilians really love their vegies.  I grew up eating a load of vegetables.  My friends often wonder how I stay thin because I’m constantly cooking.  The answer is – I only eat a little of what I’m making if it’s high in calories and either freeze or give away the rest.  For the most part, […]

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Sicilian Sweet and Sour Zucchini

Sicilian Sweet and Sour Zucchini: Zucchini Agrodulce

Agrodulce means sweet and sour.  Zucchini Agrodulce is zucchini sautéed in olive oil with onions, mint, and a sweet and sour sauce.  Sometimes garlic is also added but I prefer not to use garlic. Vinegar, an essential ingredient in the Sicilian kitchen, is used to flavor many dishes.  Although it may seem that adding vinegar […]

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Romano Beans with Pancetta, Tomato, and Garlic

                      If you’ve never had Romano beans before, I can only say that you’ve been missing out.  Romano beans are also known as pole beans, runner beans, or snap beans.  Romano beans are similar to green beans, except they are more broad and flat and […]

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