Basic cacciatore--tomato, onion and mushrooms in wine -is made grand with capers, pepperoni and olives. It is a terrific party entree, and takes additions and substitutions well.
INGREDIENTS (for 5 servings):
- 1 (4 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup pitted green olives
- 1/4 cup black olives
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 8 ounces pepperoni sausage, sliced
In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste and brown chicken in hot oil. Remove chicken from skillet. Set aside.
In same skillet saute onions and mushrooms until translucent. Return chicken to skillet and add the tomatoes, soup and wine. When liquids start to simmer add the green olives, black olives, capers and pepperoni. Cover skillet and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove skillet cover, pour skillet mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish and bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until chicken is tender and juices run clear.