(“Frittellata di Verdure” – “Frittedda”)
This is a vegetable dish I enjoy eating for the delicate and delightful
Aunt Francesca specialized in
the preparation of this simple and typical Palermitano dish. When I cooked the frittedda at Joe’s of Avenue U, the
Focacceria Palermitana in Brooklyn, I did it
exactly the way zia Francesca
showed me. If you follow her simple directions as I did, you will discover how easy and tasty this dish can
·6 scallions, chopped into pieces 1/4
·6 fresh artichokes (or a package of frozen
·1 lb peeled fresh fava beans (or frozen or canned
fava beans or substitute with lima beans)
·1 lb fresh peeled peas (or frozen
·4 tablespoons olive oil
·Salt and pepper
·Parsley to garnish
If using frozen vegetables, defrost according to package directions. If
using fresh artichokes, wear utility gloves to avoid staining your hands.
Prepare a basin with water
acidulated with lemon juice to soak the artichokes after they are trimmed; this will prevent
Remove stem and hard outer leaves (2 or 3 rows) until leaves
became lighter and tender; trim base. Cut off one-third of the pointy top; split in four. Remove the inner
leaves with quills and scrape the artichoke. Cut each quarter into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on the size of
Soak the trimmed artichokes in water and repeat for
remaining artichokes. If using frozen artichokes, cut each in half.
Drain artichokes and place on paper towel to remove any
In a 3-quart saucepan, pour in the oil and sauté the
scallions for 3 to 4 minutes at medium heat.
Add the artichokes and cook over high heat for about 5
minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the fava beans, peas, salt and pepper to
Add enough hot water to cover the vegetables, cover pot and
simmer for an additional 20 minutes or until tender. Check often, and if it gets too dry, add some more hot
water; if there is still too much liquid, continue to cook uncovered. The dish should not be served too watery
or too dry.
Raise heat to high, add 2
tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Serve the frittedda cold and garnish with parsley.
As a Side Dish, Contorno
Serve the frittedda hot and garnish with parsley.