Alice’s Adaptation of Clemenza’s Gravy (“The Godfather”)

18 Aug

Ever heard of this lil’ ol’ movie called, The Godfather?  No?  Well, it’s pretty good.  You should check it out.

If you have seen it, and you’re anything like me, your mouth waters everytime this particular scene appears.  You know what I’m talking about.  It’s the scene where tough guy murderer criminal Clemenza makes a delicious Sicilian gravy.  Ever watch that scene and think, “Crapdamnit, I wish a pen and notepad was within reach because I really want to see if this fictional tough guy murderer criminal’s Sicilian gravy recipe is any good”?

Well, now you don’t have to wonder anymore.


“Come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday. You see, you start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it; ya make sure it doesn’t stick. You get it to a boil; you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs; heh…? And a little bit o’ wine. An’ a little bit o’ sugar, and that’s my trick.”

Alice’s Adaptation of Clemenza’s Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (Ontario-grown!)
  • 2 (28 oz) cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
  • 1 lb of grilled/broiled Italian pork or pork/veal sausages
  • 1 lb cooked meatballs (I was lazy and used M&M Meat Shops plain Italian meatballs)
  • 1/4 cup of red wine you would drink
  • 3 tablespoons of white sugar
  • NOT IN THE MOVIE: 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Get a BIG pot and heat up your olive oil on medium heat.  Sweat that garlic.  Don’t text your friend back because you can’t let this garlic burn.  They need to respect the Godfather, thankyouverymuch.

Open up the cans of chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.  Wonder aloud if tomato paste counts as astronaut food. Now wonder aloud if you really deserve your university degree.

Dump in your to-may-toes and your paste.

Stir it good so everything is mixed.  Then stir it periodically, cooking for about 5 minutes.  Now you can retrieve your phone and check the YYZ Gourmand twitter account.  Chuckle at our wit. Oh, but stir periodically!

Dump in your chopped grilled sausages, your cooked meatballs, your sweet sweet sugar.

Pour out some wine for the gravy, and some wine for yourself.

Turn the heat down to low and let this baby simmer for at least 40 minutes but ideally for a looong time.  Oh, stir periodically!

Now it’s not in the movie, but I also added dried oregano along with the wine.  Highly suggested.  But don’t tell Clemenza.

This makes enough sauce to feed 8 people at once.  Or one greedy Alice for a week.


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