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Broccolo affogato recipe

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broccolo affogato

Broccolo affogato

Although an easy and tasty dish, this recipe is rather unknown outside Sicily. An explanation might be the simplicity, the unbelief so little can create so much. Drowned (affogato) cauliflower is a dish that recalls winter festivities, where food is the protagonist. It is usually served as a side dish but could act as a salad. Some even eat it with pasta. As it often happens in Sicily, the dish is contested between Palermo and Catania. In Catania red wine is used while Palermo uses white. The outcome is different, so try both versions. Adding pine nuts and raisins make the dish unmistakably Sicilian.

  • Prep Time 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time 30 Minutes
  • Total Time 45 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 300 kcal


  • Cauliflower (about 642 grams)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 glass of wine (red/white)
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 3 spoons of tomato paste
  • 20 grams of pine nuts
  • 20 grams of raisins
  • olive oil, salt and pepper


  1. Cut your cauliflower in even sized florets, wash them thoroughly
  2. Fry your diced onion in olive oil, in a large pan
  3. Add the florets, raisins and pine nuts
  4. Leave them simmering for about 10 minutes, stirring now and then
  5. Add the wine followed by the tomato paste
  6. Cover the pan and let it bubble away fro about 20 minutes


This dish can be prepared with broccoli. Just lower the cooking time. It has a stronger, more decisive taste and may contrast with other dishes. Other possible variations are the adding of olives, the use of tomato sauce instead of paste and parsley. This recipe does not like numbers. Make it your own by trying. Some say that broccolo affogato was one of Goethe's favorite dishes during his Sicilian Travel. Drowned cauliflower are an excellent side dish. Served together with a main dish. Ideally drink the same wine you cooked the broccolo with.

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