Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sicilian recipe with "broccolo arriminato": what is that?

Have you ever heard about pasta with "broccolo arriminato"? Any clue on the meaning of the word "arriminato"?
It means "stirred" and this traditional Sicilian dish combines pasta (usually bucatini, spaghetti n.4 or penne) with an amazing condiment made with cauliflower.

Ingredients and Preparation for 4 people:

1 onion
1 medium cauliflower
e.v. olive oil
3-4 anchovies or anchovy cream
a glass of red wine
2-3 table spoons tomato purè
400 gr. pasta of your choice
pine nuts and raisins
5-6 tablespoon of breadcrumb

In a pot boil the cauliflower with salty water, after having washed it and cut it in pieces. While the cauli is cooking, peel and chop the onion, pour some extra virgin olive oil in a sauce pan (about 3 tablespoons) on a medium heat and sauteè the onion, adding the anchovies until they became very soft and easy to melt with the help of a wooden spoon.
At this point add the red wine, the tomato pureè and a couple of spoonful of water (the one in which the cauliflower has cooked). Finally when the whole thing has become a creamy sauce add some pine nuts, raisins and the boiled cauliflower. Keep using the wooden spoon to mash all the ingredients together just like in the picture above

Let the condiment cook like this for 10-15 minutes. The result must be very creamy, soft and a tiny bit watery. (It's important that the cauliflower condiment is kind of juicy, otherwise will end up too dry with the breadcrumb.)

This dish has a poor origin and that's why we put breadcrumb on top instead of grated cheese. To prepare it you just need a frying pan on a high heat. Mix the spoons of breadcrumb with a drizzle of olive oil and stir continuously until it becomes golden brown, then we usually serve it in what you call the gravy boat, as shown here on the left.

For the pasta, just cook it in the same pot and water of the cauliflower which will give it a stronger flavor. Once pasta is ready, drain it and put it on dishes straight away with abundant condiment and finish with the lovely breadcrumb on top.  

I am sure you have eaten all these ingredients before, but have you ever had them in this combination? It will be a brand new experience for you. Enjoy!!!

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