Sicilian cuisine is known for its bold, fresh flavors, and we’ve created a menu true to the country’s traditions. Flavorful braised chicken comes together in no time with the help of our authentic agrodolce base – an Italian term that refers to a balance of sweet and tangy, perfect to describe this medley of mild San Marzano tomatoes, sweet raisins and zesty capers. Vegetables, herbs and good-quality olive oil star in the accompanying dishes, which all lend themselves to casual, family-style dining.
Celebrate the arrival of spring by dining alfresco; Sicilians believe everything tastes better in the open air. Try these recipes and tips for your weekend get-together and celebrate the rich traditions of Italian cuisine.
|Artichoke and Lemon Fritto Misto|
Begin your meal in the Italian style with crispy morsels known as fritto misto (mixed fry). Here, we fry up fresh artichokes along with thin lemon slices, which add a refreshing tang to the mix. Keep your serving style casual and simple by lining a colorful plate with parchment paper and letting guests help themselves to the appetizer, dipping the pieces in a side of aioli.
|Southern Italian Braised Chicken|
Thanks to our flavorful braising base and the use of a slow cooker, this chicken dish requires minimal hands-on time. That allows you to spend more time entertaining guests and less time over the stove. Pass the chicken and vegetables around the table on a large, printed platter made of melamine, so you don’t have to worry about breakage.
|Sauteed Spinach, Currants and Pine Nuts|
Currants and pine nuts give this simple spinach dish a Sicilian slant. Bonus: the side takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, so it’s ideal for saving time. Bring the greens to the table in a large bowl with wooden tongs for easy serving.
|Flatbread with Rosemary and Olive Oil|
This easy-to-mix yeast dough comes together quickly in a food processor. Cut the flatbread into large squares and place them in a napkin-lined basket; the result doubles as a lovely, rustic centerpiece for your outdoor table.
Sicily is known for its flavorful pistachios; cooks use them to make gelato, biscotti and this orange-scented cake. Make the cake ahead and serve with a slice of gelato (homemade or store-bought) for an effortless, satisfying end to your meal.