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.
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.
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.
This Salmoriglio tuna steak recipe hides the story of a fantastic day on the Island of Favignana, in Sicily. Last June my wife Caterina and I spent a few days on the Aegadian Islands. One day we have been so lucky to have a day on the boat of the famous Italian fisherman Gioacchino Cataldo. Gioacchino has been a pleasant guide bringing us to explore the Island and cooking for us this delicious tuna steak recipe. On the contrary of the classic Salmoriglio marinate, the seasoning is made directly in the pan. The tuna is quickly seared on both sides, then seasoned with lemon juice and oregano: a simple, quick, and tasty recipe!
Lemon Granita is the traditional answer against the hot Sicilian summer. Sicily is famous for several amazing things: long history, turquoise sea, cosmopolitan culture, and amazing food! I love Sicily and last June I came back there to spend my vacation days. Trust me, drinking a lemon Granita seating comfortably around a table, and watching the Sicilian life passing in front of me: this is a piece of my personal heaven!
Pan-seared swordfish steaks marinated with Salmoriglio is a tasty and traditional Southern-Italian recipe. This method to flavor meats, and fish, and vegetables is very ancient and delicious (here the whole history and recipe of Salmoriglio)! The fish steaks have to be well seared and tender, flavored with oregano, garlic, and lemon. Besides the marinate is a fast and easy dish, perfect to bring the kids to the love for the fish!
Bottarga spaghetti with lemon zest is the best recipe to taste this delicious cured fish roe! This cured fish roe divide the foodies in two parties: who loves, and who hates this ingredient! For sure, once in your life, you want to try it on!
Are you looking for a “sunny” recipe easy to prepare in winter as well? The sun dried tomatoes sauce is perfect! This easy recipe is great with spaghetti. Crispy bread crumbs give at this dish an authentic taste of Southern-Italian tradition!