Regional Recipes From Avellino and Naples

Pollo Avellino

Ingredients Preparation
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2½ to 3 pound fryer chicken, quartered
  • 1 medium red onion, diced to ½”
  • 4 red bell peppers, diced to ½”
  • 4 fresh hot peppers (small)
  • 1 pound fresh Crimini mushrooms cut in half
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bunch basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped to yield 1/4 cup
In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot.

Add the chicken pieces and brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.Add the onion, bell pepper, hot peppers and mushrooms and sauté for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Add the wine, return the chicken to the pan. Reduce the heat to simmer as soon as the wine begins to bubble.

Cook the chicken for 45 minutes, adding wine as necessary to keep the meat from getting dry. Stir in the basil and parsley and serve with 1 hot chili atop each portion.

Pizza Margherita
Invented in Naples in honor of the first queen of Italy, the Margherita pizza is a triumph of Italian cuisine throughout the world!

Ingredients Preparation
For the dough

  • 2 lb all-purpose flour
  • 1 oz fresh yeast
  • 2 cups water
  • ⅜ oz salt

For the topping

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese
  • Basil leaves to taste
  • 1 lb canned tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
On a wooden or marble work surface, shape the flour into a well. Place the yeast, salt and warm water in the center. Be careful not to let the salt come in contact with the yeast. Knead the dough vigorously with your hands for 15-20 minutes, or in a mixer, until the dough is soft and smooth.

Once you have the right consistency, adding a bit of water or flour if necessary, shape the dough into a ball. Cover with a plastic bowl so that the dough is protected from the air. Let rise for 3 or 4 hours at room temperature for about an hour in a warm place.

Once the dough will be doubled in volume, separate into 6 loaves and mold into spherical shapes, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and let them rise at room temperature for a couple of hours or in a warm place for about 45 minutes.

Add the ingredients to prepare the tomato sauce and place it in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 1/3 of the olive oil.

Knead the dough, then flattening them using your fingers. Use a ladle or a spoon to spread a good amount of tomato sauce on the pizza. Then, cover with mozzarella, torn into pieces. Garnish with a leaves of basil and bake in a 480° F oven for 6 to 7 minutes.

Once ready, remove the pizza from the oven. Garnish with more basil and a drizzle of oil. Serve immediately.

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