Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chicken Cacciatore Day

Chicken cacciatore
Originally uploaded by judithsweet
October 15 means it's National Chicken Cacciatore Day! Did you know that In cuisine, "alla cacciatora" refers to a meal prepared "hunter-style" with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, herbs, often bell pepper, and sometimes wine.

Cacciatore is often served on top of pasta with rustic bread on the side. Add a crisp tossed salad and you have a meal the whole family will love.

A basic cacciatore recipe
usually begins with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil heated in a large frying pan. Chicken parts, dusted with salt and pepper, are seared in the oil for three to four minutes on each side. The chicken is removed from the pan, and most of the fat poured off. The remaining fat is used to fry the onions, mushrooms, peppers or other vegetables for several minutes. A small can of peeled tomatoes (drained of liquid and coarsely chopped) is added to the pan along with some oregano and a half cup of dry red wine. The seared chicken parts are returned to the pan which is then covered. The dish is done after about an hour at a very low simmer. definition by wikipedia

Do you love Chicken Cacciatore?
I know I do! It tastes like spaghetti to me with chicken in it instead of hamburger meat. If I cook it heavy on the bell peppers I like to eat it with rice. If I cook it heavy on the mushroom I like to eat it with pasta. Either way it works but I think traditionally it's served with pasta. Hey that reminds me... October is National Pasta Month too. ~Pam

Do you know what else is celebrated on this day?


~~louise~~ said...

Good morning Pam,

I'm sorry I didn't make it over yesterday. I've been trying to catch up on things while trying to figure out what to do with one mighty leaky roof, UG. What a mess!

I haven't had Chicken Cacciatore in years. The only think I remember about it is, I like it but don't love it! I should try again...Taste changes you know:)

Thank you so much for sharing...I'm off to see what I missed yesterday!

kitchen flavours said...

I have never tried Chicken Cacciatore before, and would love to! Looks really good, I would love either with bell peppers or mushrooms!
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad that you have enjoyed the Caramel Coriander Chicken! It is one of my family's favourite chicken dish now! Have a lovely day!


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