I recently developed a taste for olives. My mother loves olives. If the whole family would go to a restaurant and the salad had olives on it she would receive every last black little circle on our plates. But, in the last few months I have developed a taste for these briny treats.
I put them in salads, eat them straight out of the container, or cook with them. I have steered away from recipes with olives in them for a while now but all that has changed. This week, I had a desire for Italian. So, how about some Puttanesca!
Puttanesca is known for being a peasant dish. Puttanesca is not the most endearing title for a dish but it sure does taste delicious. Google it. The idea, like carbonara, is you could make this whenever because the ingredients could usually be found already in your pantry.
Puttanesca with Italian Sausage
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp anchovy paste or 6-8 anchovies
1/2 tsp chili flakes
2 large shallots, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped (1 tsp dried)
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped (1 tsp dried)
1/2 cup red wine
28oz/800g crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced olives, drained
1 package italian sausage links
1. Cook italian sausage on the grill or in the oven until fully cooked.
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large deep skillet. Add anchovies and chili flakes and cook until melted throughout.
3. Sauté shallots and garlic in anchovy oil until soft. Add in capers and herbs and cook for 1 minute.
4. Deglaze pan with wine. Deglazing – adding liquid to a hot pan and scraping all of the flavorful bits off of the pan.
5. Add tomatoes and olives and simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Slice sausage and stir into sauce and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Serve with a thick pasta (fettuccine, tagliatelle, pappardelle) and parmesan.
This was absolutely delicious and I will be making it again. I am putting it in the recipe binder. Hope you give it a try. Next on the olive cooking list is a muffuletta.
I also made a recent discovery of brown butter. I made some Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker and they were absolutely delicious. We will see how the Brits like it tonight.
Time to enjoy my tea and “biscuits.” Have a wonderful day.