Common Sicilian Dishes and Desserts

A talented software developer with more than 25 years of experience working for database software companies, Daniel Duic currently serves as the CEO of Mindscope Cura Staffing Software. An avid cook, Daniel Duic spends much of his free time learning to cook new food and dishes, and he is currently studying Sicilian cuisine.

Sicilian cuisine is well known around the world, yet many individuals are surprised at the cuisine’s diversity. One dish that is commonplace in Sicily is arancini, which are basically balls of saffron rice filled with a mix of cheese and meat. Resembling the shape and size of an orange, arancini is rolled in flour, egg, and bread crumbs before being deep-fried. Another common dish throughout Sicily is pasta con le sarde, a basic pasta dish topped with sardines sauteed in olive oil. After the sardines are sauteed, they are generally dressed with pine nuts, almonds, raisins, and finocchietto before being tossed with some pasta.

Sicilian cuisine also a number of popular desserts, one of which is cassata siciliana, a decadent dish that is one of the area’s sweetest. The dish is made of a liqueur-soaked sponge cake layered with sweetened ricotta and topped with icing and almond paste. The cake is commonly decorated with candied fruits or other sweets around the top. Cannoli is another treat that is less sweet than the cassata siciliana. The pastry is essentially a fried dough tube filled with sweetened ricotta and topped with either chocolate chips or candied fruit.

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