Cazzilli: If Panelle Had Siblings


If panelle (chickpea fritters, a specialty of Palermo) had siblings, cazzilli would be panelle’s brothers and sisters. Cazzilli are potato croquettes. They fall into the street-food category of Palermitano cuisine. You can eat them with your fingers or together with panelle, they are often paired inside a sesame seed bun sprinkled with lemon juice and olive oil and eaten as a sandwich. When they are hot from the fryer, this, miei amici, is something special! The ingredients are pretty simple: potatoes, fresh parsley (or mint), salt, pepper, and olive oil. These were photographed (and eaten!) in Il Capo open-air market in Palermo.

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