Tag Archives: Southern Italian Recipes
Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Bread Crumbs

Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Bread Crumbs

Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Bread Crumbs (muddica atturata) is one of the simplest pasta dishes to make in Sicilian cuisine.  The seasoning sauce (olive oil, garlic, and anchovy) takes 2 minutes to cook.  Dinner ready in 20 minutes or less (if you toast the bread crumbs ahead of time)!  How’s that for in a […]

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Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

My girlfriend Alison, who is of Greek ancestry, sparked the idea for this recipe.  She asked me if I had a roasted chicken recipe that was lemony and garlicky and had oregano in it.  Sicilians and Greeks are brothers in common for their love of lemon, garlic, and oregano.  I immediately thought of my recipe […]

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Octopus and Potato Salad

Octopus and Potato Salad

While visiting my daughters in the Washington, D.C. area, I made a trip to the local seafood market.  Really fresh seafood is hard to come by in the mountains of North Carolina, where my husband and I spend our summers.  I was instantly intoxicated by the variety of fish and crustaceans exhibited, including the octopus.  […]

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Rustic Almond Cookies

Rustic Almond Cookies

Biscotti means cookie in Italian.  It is a generic term.  I often hear people saying that they made biscotti or they ate biscotti.  They leave me guessing as to what kind of cookie it is.  I have to ask what flavor is it – almond, chocolate, or vanilla?  One common characteristic of “biscotti” is that many of […]

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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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