Tag Archives: Southern Italian Food
Braised Baby Artichokes

Braised Baby Artichokes

Baby artichokes are usually available in the springtime.  So, I was surprised to see them in the supermarket this time of year.  Baby artichokes are tender and delicious when braised.  The word affucati (affogati in Italian) in the Sicilian language means smothered or braised.  This is a simple braised artichoke recipe that my grandmother made. […]

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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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Sicilian Christmas Fig Wreath:  Buccellato

Sicilian Christmas Fig Wreath: Buccellato

The buccellato, also known as cuccidato, is a large pastry wreath filled with a fragrant spiced fig, raisin, and nut filling. Really, it is just a huge cookie as opposed to its smaller version of fig cookies known respectively as buccellati or cuccidati.  It’s a big tradition in Sicily to make these fig-filled sweets at […]

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Cassata Buche de Noel

Cassata Buche de Noel

This is a different twist of the classic Sicilian cassata cake.  Cassata is a ricotta filled sponge cake that is typically wrapped in marzipan and has an icing glaze.  I usually skip the marzipan because it’s way too sweet for my liking.  This festive buche de Noel (aka Swiss roll) cassata is frosted with a […]

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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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Stuffed Turkey Roll:  Rotolo di Tacchino

Stuffed Turkey Roll: Rotolo di Tacchino

Making a stuffed turkey breast roll is a good way of celebrating the holidays without having to make a whole turkey and the eating leftovers for a week.  Some of us can only handle eating turkey for two days max.  Constructing a turkey breast roll is not as difficult as you might think.  It’s relatively […]

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Potato and Ragu Cake:  Gatto di Patate e Ragu

Potato and Ragu Cake: Gatto di Patate e Ragu

When the weather starts getting a little cooler I go into comfort food mode.  Gattò di Patate is a one-dish meal that fits that bill.  Gattò like the French gateau means cake in Italian.  It’s another dish in Sicilian cuisine that is born from the influence of the French monzu chefs, while under Bourbon rule.  […]

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Fried Pizza Dough Panini Sandwiches

Fried Pizza Dough Panini Sandwiches

Whenever my mother had leftover pizza dough she would make pasta fritta (fried dough).  The thinly rolled out pieces of the dough would puff up as they fried in olive oil.  The fried breads where fragrantly yeasty, soft on the inside, and lightly crisp on the outside.  She would sprinkle them with powdered sugar.  But […]

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Baked Ziti al Forno with Meat Sauce

Baked Ziti al Forno with Meat Sauce

Making baked ziti is like making manicotti or lasagna, only much easier to prepare.  It is the perfect one-dish meal to make for a family dinner served with a salad and some crusty Italian bread.  These days it’s just me and my hubby, so I don’t make it as much as I would like because […]

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The Ultimate Profiteroles - Cream Puffs

The Ultimate Profiteroles – Cream Puffs

Profiteroles are French or Italian cream puffs made using pasta choux dough (pàte à choux in French).  They are also referred to as bignès.  Catherine di Medici is attributed with their introduction into Italian cuisine.  Everyone loves cream puffs but most people think they are hard to make.  They are actually very easy providing you […]

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