Delicato Family Recipe:


  • 20-pound turkey
  • ½ cup California dry red wine
  • 1 cup California dry white wine
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • Dressing:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups rice, steamed with salt, butter and parsley
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cups California Zinfandel wine
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese

  • In large bowl combine beef, eggs, cooked steamed rice, onion, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, red wine and cheese. Mix well. Stuff turkey with dressing. Place turkey in covered roaster and pour white wine over bird. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper to taste.
    Put the roaster in unheated 500° oven for 20 minutes. Turn down heat to 400° and roast for 4 hours without removing the lid. Check turkey, opening lid away from you to avoid the steam which has generated during cooking.
    Add celery, onions and potatoes and cook covered for an additional 30 minutes.

    Wine Suggestion: California Chardonnay



    Family Turkey

    In America, turkey is traditionally served on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but our family had it on all special occasions, including Easter.
    Mom fixed it the way she learned in the old country. When she added the potatoes, carrots and onions to the juice near the end of the cooking, we knew it was almost time to eat.
    My sister Frances, or Francy as we call her, still prepares it the way she remembers Mom cooking it. We include all three recipes in the book for you. My wife, sister, and sister-in-law each have their own special way of cooking the dressing. All are delicious!
    We have never served any one wine with the turkey dinner, but instead put out a selection of wines and let everyone drink his favorite.

    –Vincent Indelicato


    Delicato Family Sicily