Tag Archives: Sicilian 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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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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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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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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Sicilian Style Cauliflower

Sicilian Style Cauliflower

Currants and pignoli or pine nuts feature prominently in Sicilian cuisine.  The two ingredients are simultaneously used in many dishes.  Currants add just a touch of sweetness to any dish; and pine nuts add a little crunch.  In this dish the cauliflower is parboiled and sautéed with currants and pine nuts and topped with toasted […]

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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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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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