The Sicilian Caponata recipe is one of the most popular Italian appetizers, and so rich in history. Tasting this recipe means discovering the real soul of the island and all the Greek, Arab, Spanish, and French influences into the Sicilian cuisine, due to the several occupations over the centuries.In Sicily, the official Caponata variations are 37, and even more the family recipes! Here the history of Sicilian Caponata and the 4 most popular recipes.
Stir-fry Shiitake mushrooms is a smart and easy way to prepare a delicious Chinese-style side dish. Even if it’s possible to use other kinds of mushrooms, the Shiitake are the most traditional and appropriate. The Oyster sauce gives an unique flavor to the mushrooms, and can easily be replaced with the vegan version.
The Lyonnaise Potatoes is a popular French recipe, tasty and easy to prepare. The potatoes are previously roasted into the butter, then baked with caramelized onions and finished with fresh herbs. This vegetarian side pairs perfectly with roasted meats and white fish, but also with eggs recipe. Many chefs prefers to pan-fry the potatoes, but I prefer to bake them before finishing in a cast iron skillet.
Palermitan Caponata recipe is probably the most worldwide famous Sicilian Caponata. This sweet and sour appetizer had been originally served as side dish, and paired with grilled Mahi Mahi. The Palermitan Caponata recipe is prepared into two different variations: the first one simpler in ingredients, the second enriched with pine nuts, raisin, and roasted almonds. Here the traditional recipe of Palermitan Caponata!
The Caponata Catanese is one of the most famous Sicilian Caponata recipes. The most distinguishing trait of the Caponata Catanese is the adding of red and yellow bell peppers. This appetizer is a must to try in Sicily and often paired with bread slices, grilled meats, and fish like Mahi Mahi, Tuna, or Swordfish.
Spanakorizo is the traditional Greek version of spinach rice. This simple recipe has three main features that make it a perfect choice to detox your body without renouncing to the taste: it’s vegan, it’s rich in vegetables, and it’s delicious!
Tzatziki sauce is an easy and tasty recipe, typical in Greece, and very popular in the neighboring countries. Make a good Tzatziki is simple, but it requires prime quality ingredients and whole Greek yogurt. Commonly this sauce is flavored with fresh dill and vinegar, but lemon juice, and other fresh herbs are traditional and tasty as well. Here the recipe and history of Tzatziki!
The Caponata Messinese is one of the most famous Sicilian Caponata recipes. The most distinguishing trait of the Caponata Catanese is the adding chopped tomatoes instead of tomatoes puree. The taste of this Caponata results more fresh and simple confronting of the other versions. This appetizer is a must to try in Sicily and often paired with bread slices, grilled meats, and fish like Mahi Mahi, Tuna, or Swordfish.
I created these squash puffs duchess potatoes style the day after I prepared for the first time my Buttercup squash and blue cheese puree. It has been a great solution to make use of the remaining puree. The result has been so tasty, and often I prepare them as the main recipe, without waiting to have leftovers! This recipe is easy to make, and the puffs are perfect both as an appetizer and as a side dish. A crispy crust with a tender heart!
I love preparing this buttercup squash “pumpkin” puree for my family and friends for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or New Year’s eve! The mild sweetness of the squash is perfectly balanced by the taste of the blue cheese. I particularly like using Gorgonzola, but any semi-soft blue cheese fits good: the only critical thing is the cheese have to easy to melt along with the milk.