Main Dishes

Capellini with Clams, Bottarga, and Preserved Meyer Lemons

Makes 5 servings This capellini and clam dish is just a little different than the usual spaghetti with clam sauce. Bottarga is smoked, dry-cured tuna roe and it adds a delicious new twist to this dish. The preserved Meyer lemons add a little aromatic acidity to balance the clams and […]

One-Dish Meals

Chicken Tagine With Apricots & Golden Raisins

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 12 chicken thighs Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 12 cipollini onions, blanched for 10 seconds and peeled 3 tablespoons peeled, sliced ginger 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons toasted cumin seeds, ground 1/8 […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Exploring Mediterranean Cuisine: France

The term Mediterranean cuisine might leave anyone living in one of the many countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea scratching their heads. This is because the region is culturally and geographically diverse; twenty-one countries border the Mediterranean, among them France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Algeria, and Egypt. What we consider Mediterranean cuisine […]

Sandwiches

Falafel

Makes 8 portions Ingredients 1 lb dried chickpeas 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley 1/2 bunch cilantro 8 green onions 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 6 garlic cloves, peeled 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed Pure olive oil, as needed, for deep-frying 4 pieces […]

Main Dishes

Gnocchi with Duck Ragoût

Makes 4 to 6 servings This recipe is a favorite of our students in our Cuisines of the Mediterranean class at The Culinary Institute of America. The main ingredient in the dish is the gnocchi, served with a perfectly made duck ragoût to accent those fluffy little pillows.

Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

Greek-Style Sauce

Makes 1 1/2 cups Ingredients 1 cup feta cheese 1/4 cup minced dill 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Directions Combine the feta, dill, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl. Store in the […]

Side Dishes

Green Lentils With Chard & Lemon

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 1 lb dried green lentils (lentilles du Puy) 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3/4 cup chopped cilantro Kosher salt, to taste 10 large Swiss chard leaves, stemmed and cut into chiffonade (see Chef’s Note) 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvres & Snacks

Grilled Artichokes with Romesco Sauce

Makes 5 portions If you’ve never grilled an artichoke, prepare to be hooked. Their unmistakable flavor and creamy flesh is made all the more crave-worthy when slightly charred. It is the ideal accompaniment to savory romesco sauce, but you’ll enjoy it drizzled with tahini, garlic aioli, or even just a […]