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.
The Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish omelette) is a must-to-try traveling in Spain. This tasty appetizer is made with just four ingredients, and easy to make. Besides the classic Tortilla, it is possible to prepare several delicious variations with other vegetables, or meat, or cheese. The Spanish tortilla is perfect for a quick lunch or a special brunch, but also at any other time of the day! Here the classic recipe and the history of Tortilla de Patatas!
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.
The Portuguese clams stew is a classic of the Lusitanian cuisine. The pairing with cured chorizo is surprisingly delicious, and the cilantro leaves give to this dish tasty a note of freshness!
The Caponata Agrigentina is one of the most famous Sicilian Caponata recipes. The most distinguishing trait of the Caponata Agrigentina is the adding of Italian sweet peppers, called Peperoni Arramascati in Sicilian dialect. 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.