Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Sicilian Seafood Stew and Couscous

Sicilian Seafood Stew and Couscous

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The satisfying flavors of this traditional Sicilian seafood stew are complimented tastefully with a white wine from Sicilia DOC.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 cups fish stock
  • 1/4 tsp. saffron threads
  • 8 oz. swordfish, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 oz. small head-on shrimp
  • 1 lb. mussels, cleaned
  • 1 lb. littleneck clams, cleaned
  • 2 tbsp. packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups cooked couscous

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the celery, bell pepper, onion, and carrot and cook, stirring, until soft, about 12 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Increase the heat to high; add the tomatoes, garlic, and zucchini, and cook, stirring, until they start to brown lightly, about 2 minutes. Pour in the fish stock and saffron and bring to a boil.

Arrange the swordfish in the stock, followed by, in this order, the shrimp, mussels, calamari, and clams, then cover the pan and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the fish and shrimp are cooked through and the mussels and clams open, about 10 minutes.

Remove the stew from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Divide the couscous among serving plates, shaping it into a mound, then ladle over the vegetables, broth, and seafood to serve. Garnish with chopped parsley. Makes 4-6 servings.