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
Tender bits of beef tenderloin combined with mushrooms and spinach, wrapped in a crispy fillo shell with a drizzle of tangy marsala-black cherry sauce.
Beef Wellington Morsels
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a cast iron skillet on high heat until smoking.Sprinkle beef on both sides with salt. Cut beef into 3/4 inch cubes. Add oil to pan. Brown the meat no more than 30 seconds. Remove meat onto a plate and set aside. Lower heat to medium and add mushrooms to pan and saute until done. Salt and Pepper to taste and remove to plate and set aside. Saute Spinach in pan and set aside. Add onion to pan and saute for 2 minutes. add marsala wine and cook until the wine is reduce by half. Add the preserves and transfer contents to a food processor and puree. Set the sauce aside.
Lay out 1 fillo sheet and brush with butter. Continue adding layers until you have 5 sheets. Cut into 4 strips. Put a teaspoon of spinach on one end of the fillo dough. Top with 1 cube of beef and 1 mushroom. Roll up, tucking ends in so it looks like a miniature egg roll. Brush the top with butter and bake on a prepared cookie sheet for 12 minutes. Arrange on a platter, top with marsala sauce and garnish with arugula and avocado.
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