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Every Christmas this dish was prepared by grandmother Felicia. It is an assortment of raw vegetables specially marinated in oil and vinegar and placed around the living room and kitchen in serving dishes. The main ingredients are carrots, celery, onions and extra large Sicilain green olives. Everyone who grew up with this dish ended up having their favorite vegetable that they would choose, hoping that they could get them before someone else did.
The celery and carrots are cut julienne style to allow more of the marinade flavor to penetrate and the olives were prepared by Felicia’s grandfather using a special cooking implement, his hammer. Rather than try and pit them, just smash the olive and place in the salad along with all of the other vegetables. The pit will come out easily once someone goes to eat one.
2 pounds Sicilian colossal green olives, smashed but not deboned
2 pounds carrots, julienne cut
1 bunch celery, julienne cut
3 medium onions, thinly sliced into rings
1 16 ounce bottle white vinegar
1 head garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups La Spagnola Oil
1 cup of water
½ cup Sugar
1. Mix vinegar, water and add sugar in a mason jar and shake till mixed well. The sugar helps to take the tartness out of the vinegar. It should be a little tart and not too sweet.
2. Mix vegetables together in large bowl and pour dressing over them. Stir, mixing vegetables until well coated with the oil/vinegar /sugar mixture.
3. Sprinkle salt and pepper and oregano on the vegetables and stir together again.
4. Let marinate overnight in cool dry place. The following morning taste to see if it needs more of any of the following ...salt, pepper, vinegar, oil or oregano. Stir together again and serve in wide mouth pretty bowls. Can keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Recipe courtesy of Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan, 2010.
Gloucester native Felicia Mohan Ciaramitaro - known to her many followers as Sista Felicia - grew up cooking with her mother and grandmother. While perfecting her family's favorite recipes and her