Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. “Hunter-style” refers to dishes made with the hunters catch of the day, such as rabbit or chicken, with tomatoes, onions, herbs, bell peppers and sometimes wine. The northern Italian chefs often used white wine in this dish, whereas in southern Italy, red wine is often used.
Chicken Cacciatore with Red Wine and Herbs
This classic Italian dish is perfect on a cold winter night with a good red wine and some crusty bread.
Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. Sauté in olive oil over medium heat until light brown on each side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, crushed red pepper, and oregano and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the tomatoes with their juice, chicken stock, red wine, capers and oregano. Return the chicken to the pan and coat in the sauce. Add the rosemary. Bring the sauce to a simmer over low heat and cook for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with basil and serve.
Serve this with pasta and some good crusty bread to sop up the sauce with. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
Eggplant Parmesan is rich, gooey, yummy and nutritious comfort food that can be used as a vegetarian main dish or a side dish to any meal. It is unclear where this dish originated. Both the Southern regions of Campania and Sicily, and the Northern province of Parma claim to have originated eggplant parmesan.
A rich healthy vegetarian dish that can be used as a main course or a side dish.
Saute onion and garlic in 1/4 cup oil till lightly golden. Add tomatoes, sauce, salt and herbs. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Peel eggplant and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. Dip each slice into egg then bread crumb mixture. Brown in remaining oil about 2 minutes on each side. Be sure to keep pan clean between additions of eggplant to eliminate burnt bits. Spoon sauce in the bottom of a shallow casserole pan to coat the bottom. Arrange eggplant over the sauce. Top with mozzerella cheese then more sauce. l Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Recipe Notes The onions add sweetness to the sauce. If you want to skip the onions, add a teaspoon of sugar to balance out the acidity in the tomatoes. To impress guests at a dinner party, purchase round molds and stack the eggplant, cheese and sauce in the individuals molds before baking. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved