7 Traditional Sicilian Dishes
By: Liz Flynn
If you are ever fortunate enough to visit Sicily, then sampling the local cuisine is one of the highlights of a trip to this beautiful island. Here are some Sicilian dishes you should try if you visit Sicily or you can make these yourself at home.
Arancini are fried rice balls and these are an important part of the Sicilian diet. These usually have fillings and these differ from one region to the next. For example, in the center of the island, the arancini are filled with chicken liver but on Catania, the filling consists of peas, mozzarella and ragu.
Like in most areas of Italy, pizza is a popular dish. However, the Sicilians have their own variation of this dish called Sfincione. It has a thicker base than other types of pizza and is often sold in markets as street food.
Jaw is a type of meat broth made from the jaw of an animal. The jaw is cooked slowly before the bones are removed, leaving a delicious broth with tender meat. The Sicilians serve this with lemon and salt. Sometimes, they will use bread to soak up the juices.
4. Pasta Con le Sarde
Sardines are the main fish caught along the coast of Sicily. Therefore, it makes sense one of the most popular dishes from this island features sardines. Sardines are added to spaghetti with sultanas, fennel and pine kernels.
5. Pasta all Norma
This dish features pasta in a tomato sauce with salted ricotta and eggplant. It is named ‘Norma’ after the Puccini opera.
If you want something refreshing, then there is nothing better than granite. It is crushed ice with fresh, natural flavors added.
There are approximately ten different variations of this dish, but eggplant is always the main ingredient of caponata. Sicilians usually add any vegetables that are in season and grown locally.
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