Sicily has made waves in the media recently for becoming the latest Italian locality to see its abandoned homes auctioned off for €1 each (yes, you did read that right!). A stunning town in the south west, Salemi, will sell off some of its dilapidated properties for pennies in a bid to bring folk back to its hillside area.
But getting on the (albeit cheap!) property ladder isn’t the only way to enjoy Sicily, so book yourself a holiday apartment rental on this beautiful island to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and Sicily’s world-famous cuisine. Because Sicilians know how to eat.
Sicilian food is all about home-grown, seasonal and quality ingredients. The island exports food all over the world, but they don’t import, and the island’s infrastructure prevents food from travelling far. What does this mean? It means that wherever you go, you’re guaranteed to be eating fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.
Here are a few favourites you have to try if you’re hitting a holiday rental in Sicily…
Pane e panelle (fried chickpea polenta sandwich)
This is polenta as you don’t know it in the UK. It’s seasoned with herbs and deep-fried into gorgeously golden fritters, served with a squeeze of Sicilian lemon and served in white sesame seed buns.
Arancini (risotto balls)
These delicious little morsels are very more-ish. Risotto balls with a gooey centre, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. The most famous version sees the rice infused with saffron, filled with ragu, peas and mozzarella.
Sfincione (pizza pie)
Forget everything you know about the traditional thin crispy base, Sfincione has a thick doughy base and a white sauce, as opposed to the typical tomato. You’ll see this all over the island, topped with cheese, onions and anchovies.
Baked aneletti (pasta pie)
This is totally original way to serve pasta that you just don’t see in the UK. It’s made with lots of little ring-shaped pieces of pasta and baked in a mould. When you cut into it you’ll find tomato ragu, garlicky aubergine and mozzarella cheese. Dreamy.
Brioche gelato (ice cream sandwich)
A soft, sweet brioche roll is filled with rich, creamy, fresh gelato—yes, that’s right, this is an ice cream sandwich! There’s such a huge range of flavours to choose from in Sicily, but vanilla, coffee or pistachio are the brioche gelato classics.
Stuffed swordfish rolls
These swordfish rolls are a perfect combination of sweet and salty. They’re filled with pine nuts and raisins, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. You’ll often find these served at stalls by the coast.
Caponata (stewed aubergine)
This famous Sicilian dish is a perfect balance of sweet and sour. It’s a rich aubergine dish, slowly stewed with capers, and it has bags of flavour. It stands proud in its own right, but you’ll often find it served as an accompaniment to salads, antipasti, or just some hearty homemade bread.
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