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
This pasta salad has all the flavors of puttanesca sauce.
Pasta Salad Putenesca
This salad has the salty bite of feta cheese and kalamata olives with the briny flavor of capers and lemon resulting in a delicious puttanesca - ish taste.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain. While pasta is cooking, combine all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. When pasta is done and drained and still warm, add dressing and tomatoes, olives, cheese and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes Add cooked and cooled shrimp for a more substantial salad. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
This sauce originated in Naples, Italy. It is said that the Prostitutes (puttana’s) needed to make something quick and nourishing between “appointments”. This sauce was created for just this reason. It has the flavors of Southern Italy – very intense, chunky and rich in flavor.
These artichokes remind me of the artichokes they serve at Houston’s restaurant. They have lots of great garlic flavor and the remoulade sauce is the perfect balance of rich and tangy.
ARTICHOKES GRILLED WITH GARLIC AND REMOULADE SAUCE
Artichokes grilled with lot of garlic and a remoulade sauce for dipping are the perfect appetizer, snack or side dish
Trim the tops from the artichokes and tips of leaves.
Cut in half lengthwise and remove the choke. Using ¼ of the lemon, squeeze juice onto cut side to prevent browning. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Preheat an outdoor grill. Add artichokes to boiling water and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon into a small bowl. Add the olive oil and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Brush the artichokes with the garlic oil. Grill the artichokes and baste with oil, turning frequently, until the tips are slightly charred, about 8 minutes. Serve with remoulade sauce.
Whisk all the ingredients for the remoulade sauce together until combined. Makes about 2 ¼ cups.
The remoulade sauce is also great on crab cakes or with any fish. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved