Giambotta — “Clean Out The Fridge” Finance

JUNE 28, 2012 Today really calls for the Giambotta! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this dish…it translates into – “clean out the fridge”…….It’s a stew…can be all vegetables or you can make it your own by adding beef or chicken or both. In fact – a when someone describes a “situation” like a “Giambotta” you think of a mix – or sometimes a “MESS”! So folks what we have in global mkts is in fact a “Giambotta”! I mean take a look – could it be any more of a mess? Europe on the edge, the Middle East in Turmoil, Asia in retreat, the US feels like a circus and Jamie Dimon looking at an $8.5 bil loss on his “trading prowess”…..any questions? The traditional recipe for Giambotta calls for onions, garlic, potatoes, eggplant, bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable broth and seasoning. It is really up to you….you can add or delete any veggie you want as it is open to interpretation……Although the dish is mostly vegetarian, feel free to add in beef stew meat or even cut up chicken pieces… Preheat a heavy bottom pot – add olive oil and crushed garlic – sauté. Next add chopped onions and cook over med temp…..Prepare the other veggies….cut up the potatoes, eggplant, zucchini and peppers….add to pot and season with s&p…cover and cook…. Now add in a can of crushed tomatoes and the veggie stock (if you want it thicker then add in the small can of tomato paste) – bring to a boil and then turn to simmer….if you are adding meat (stew sized cubes) – then in a frying pan – quickly brown the meat – season with s&p and then add to the pot..throw in some fresh basil and let simmer for 20 mins… Under the broiler – make some garlic bread…once toasted – top with grated cheese and toast for 30 sec more….Remove and serve immediately in warmed bowls….. Buon Appetito
Kenny PolcariGiambotta — “Clean Out The Fridge” Finance