Ask A Gloucester Chef: St. Peter’s Fiesta & Sista Felicia’s Muddica Steak Recipe

June 20, 2014 9:12 AM

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(Photo courtesy: Sista Felicia)

(Photo courtesy: Sista Felicia)

In late June of each year, the city of Gloucester celebrates St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen.

The Greasy pole competition in Gloucester. (File photo courtesy: Cody Carlson - Wikimedia Commons)

The Greasy pole competition in Gloucester. (File photo courtesy: Cody Carlson – Wikimedia Commons)

Their five-day-long fiesta draws crowds from all over, with music, food and the Greasy Pole Contest among its highlights.

Check: St. Peter’s Fiesta Schedule On Good Morning Gloucester

And what better way to get ready to celebrate than with an authentic Italian (Sicilian) recipe from a Gloucester native who knows how to cook? Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan, aka Sista Felicia was kind enough to lend us her traditional take on Muddica Steak. Enjoy!

Fried Muddica Steak
(Servings approximately 4-6)

(Photo courtesy: Sista Felicia)

(Photo courtesy: Sista Felicia)

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon
freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons whole milk
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups Muddica Cunsata (Sicilian Breadcrumbs)
10 top of the round beef cuts – ¼ inch thick
La Spagnola oil

1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper on waxed paper; mix well, forming mound
2. In bowl whisk eggs and milk for egg wash
3. Combine cheese and Muddica Cunsata; mix well; mound muddica on waxed paper separate from flour
4. Flour each side of beef cuts; reserve
5. Dip each side of floured cuts one at a time in egg wash; immediately press each side gently into muddica; reserve
6. Repeat steps 4-5 with remaining beef cuts
7. Pour oil approximately 1½ inches deep in large frying pan; heat to 375 degrees over high setting
8. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until crisp and golden; transfer to paper towel-lined tray; cool 2-3 minutes before serving

Note: when adding oil, leave 1 inch empty space from top rim of pan; spilled or overflowing oil can easily catch fire

Watch: Recipe Video from Sista Felicia’s Kitchen

Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan aka Sista Felicia

Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan aka Sista Felicia

Gloucester native Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan, known to her many fans as “Sista Felicia,” grew up cooking with her mother and grandmother. Felicia is always in the kitchen, surrounded by family and friends, preparing her delicious and elegant signature dishes. Dinners at her home are always joyous events, full of fabulous flavors prepared from the heart of a woman who cooks the classic dishes of her Sicilian heritage with love and passion.

While perfecting her family’s favorite recipes and her own outstanding creations, she developed a series of how-to videos that demonstrate culinary techniques of genuine Sicilian-American home cooking. These videos helped to grow Felicia quite a following on Good Morning Gloucester, the popular blog founded by her brother, Joey Ciaramitaro. To see her delicious recipes and contributions she adds daily to the blog, visit her post at GoodMorningGloucester.

Felicia has also written her first cookbook based upon her family’s treasured, traditional Sicilian recipes: Gifts of Gold in a Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia. You can purchase the book at sistafeliciaskitchen.storenvy.com.

Her recipes and the true Italian taste they create are gifts of gold indeed!

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