I’m bundled up in my car, sitting in a parking lot while Claire finishes two hours of dance…jazz & ballet. The other parents sit quietly too, dimly lit iPods brighten their faces.
It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and I’ve missed it. I’ve been wanting to share this story & recipe. It found its way on the menu by a regular, who on a busy night, was hungry and didn’t want to wait with the crowd. So he was told to go in the kitchen and fix himself a snack. And back in the day, if you knew Gene and Georgetti, you knew you were welcome to do so. This is what he tossed together.
Gene & Georgetti’s Garbage Salad reminds me of the oregano that would linger in my Grandmas, (Nonna Esterinas), kitchen. It is dressed old school Italian style…The celery, red onion, olives, oregano, red wine vinegar & olive oil. All traditional layers that have now become my favorite way to build a salad. Pre-dressed before it hits the table. Slightly wilted & delicate as it marinates in oil & vinegar. Don’t forget to sprinkle with dried oregano…
500 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654 – (312) 527-3718
New York Times Nov 28, 2007 – adapted from Gene & Georgetti, Chicago
Time: 10 minutes
Servings4 appetizer servings
1/4 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
3 ounces salami, sliced into 1/4 inch julienne strips
3 ounces mozzarella, sliced into 1/4 inch julienne strips
2 ounces (1 whole) pimento, sliced into small strips
1/4 red onion thinly sliced
4 radishes, trimmed and sliced
1/2 stalk celery, chopped
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced or to taste
Salt and ground black pepper
4 jumpo shrimp, cooked and chilled
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuce, salami, mozzarella, pimento, onion, radishes, celery and parmesan-reggiano
2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over salad and toss until well mixed. Divide salad mong four plates and top each with a shrimp.
Esterina & Genevieves Grandaughter