Tag Archives: Sicilian Italian Cuisine
Potato Crocche:  Crocche di Patate

Potato Crocche: Crocche di Patate

Although we are more familiar with the French croquette, potato crocchè (crocchè di patate) – small parcels of mashed potato with egg and cheese, coated with breadcrumbs and fried – are of Sicilian origin.  The Monzu (a corruption of the French word monsieur) were the renown French chefs employed by the Sicilian aristocracy.  Many dishes […]

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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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Italian Pastry Dough:  Pasta Frolla

Italian Pastry Dough: Pasta Frolla

Pasta frolla is a basic all-purpose Italian pastry dough.  I love pasta frolla because it can be used to make a variety of recipes such as Italian cheesecakes, tarts, pies, pastries, and cookies.  It’s super easy to make and I always have some on hand in the freezer.  Pastichiotti, a Sicilian cream-filled pastry, and cuccidati, […]

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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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Sweet Fried Ricotta Turnovers:  Cassateddi di Ricotta

Sweet Fried Ricotta Turnovers: Cassateddi di Ricotta

My daughter Amanda and her family came to visit for the weekend.  She lives two hours away – just long enough in distance to qualify for a weekend sleepover.  Which means mom is busy cooking all weekend.  She had been hinting for some time that she has not had her favorite pastries in a while […]

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Sicilian Easter Cookies:  Pupi cu L'ova

Sicilian Easter Cookies: Pupi cu L’ova

Easter is a very important holiday in Sicily.  Local churches hold religious processions.  On Easter morning, the streets are lined with crowds of people waiting to witness and celebrate its culmination with celebrations.  In the town of Castelvetrano, where my mother is from, bearers parade statues of the risen Christ and Madonna.  At the finale, the […]

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Potato Frittata

Potato Frittata

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my favorite movies.  It has me laughing no matter how many times I’ve watched it.  There are many similarities between the Greek and Italian cultures.  I really relate to the school cafeteria scene where the girl is eating moussaka for lunch and the kids are making fun […]

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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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Quaresimali Biscotti:  Almond Lenten Biscotti

Quaresimali Biscotti: Almond Lenten Biscotti

Quaresimali are almond cookies that were traditionally made during Lent (Quaresima).  There are many variations of this recipe but they are usually hard cookies that contain no fat and no egg yolks.  Quaresimali in parts of Northern Italy are alphabet shaped chocolate cookies without nuts.  I make these cookies year-round and add just a little […]

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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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