Cooking for an Italian.
Di Palo’s might be my new favorite place. This Italian grocer is literally on the same block as New York mart- the Asian supermarket that carries almost everything your meat needs could possibly desire-but I suppose I hadn’t noticed it before. It’s rather unassuming from the outside. Anyway, this place is truly great. They have cured meats of all kinds (a lot of Italian hams), fresh pork sausage, and cheese made in house (Caciocavallo looking especially inviting). Aside from their selection is has all the charm one might hope for from an old grocer. I was accompanied by a few bigger families stocking up for Italian Easter dinners, and my cashier both guessed the total of my order, and gave me 2 tiny Nutella filled eggs after I was done ordering my sausage.
Orecchiette with cherry tomato sauce
1/2 bag of orecchiette
1 can Italian cherry tomatoes in puree
1/4 of white onion diced
3 cloves garlic
handful of green bell pepper diced
handful of basil leaves minced
1 link of fresh sweet italian sausage
2 tbsp whole milk
1 tsp brown sugar
pecorino romano for garnish
Sautee onion, garlic, and peppers in oil until soft. Remove sausage from casing and brown in the pot. Add salt, pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, clove, and sugar and stir. Pour in can of tomatoes and stir in basil and milk. Simmer until cherry tomatoes have burst. Serve over pasta.