Tag Archives: Sicilian Food
Potato Salad:  Insalata di Patate

Potato Salad: Insalata di Patate

Potato salads go well with just about any kind of grilled meat, which makes it an ideal side dish for summer picnics or family gatherings.  This simple vinegar (vinaigrette) based potato salad is a light refreshing change from the more common mayo-based potato salad.  Be sure to use new potatoes for this dish.  I love […]

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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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Ice Cream Torte:  Cassata Gelato

Ice Cream Torte: Cassata Gelato

Cassata Gelato is a frozen dessert made with frozen custard (gelato ice cream) and whipped cream.  Real Cassata Gelato is a rare treat.  It requires making two to three different flavors of ice cream and is really labor intensive, unless you have a decent electric ice cream maker.  This simple version is made using store-bought […]

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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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Sicilian Mafalda Bread

Sicilian Mafalda Bread

Mafalda is a durum wheat based bread.  The name also refers to its classic serpentine shape.  This rustic sesame seed encrusted bread can be formed into other shapes as well, such as baguettes (bastone) or the popular scrolled eyes of Saint Lucy (occhi di Santa Lucia).  You can make the dough into larger loaves or […]

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Tuna alla Ghiotta (Tonno alla Ghiotta)

Tuna alla Ghiotta (Tonno alla Ghiotta)

There was some outstanding tuna at the market this week so I decided to make Tuna alla Ghiotta.  Making this dish brought back memories of living in Sicily.  I remember the local fishmonger would have a huge fresh-caught swordfish or tuna sitting on a butcher block from which he would hack off a piece of […]

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Pistachio Pesto

Pistachio Pesto

The word pesto comes from the Italian verb pestare which means to pound or crush.  I heartily recommend making pesto using a mortar and pestle rather than using a food processor or blender.  By pounding herbs or garlic with a mortar and pestle, you release more of the essential oils.  Their flavors will be more […]

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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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Lady Fingers:  Savoiardi

Lady Fingers: Savoiardi

Lady fingers can be a little tricky to make but this recipe for Sicilian lady fingers is super easy.  You don’t have to worry about folding in egg whites and having them come out flat because you didn’t do something right along the way.  These cookies take no more than 20 minutes to throw together.  […]

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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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