Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Episode: Crostini
4 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh scungilli or conch
  • 1 wine cork
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into 1/4inch dice
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, leaves only, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, chopped into 1/1/4 inch dice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 Italian Roma tomatoes, chopped into 1/1/4 inch dice and 3/4 cup
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges


Place scungilli in a pot and cover with water. Add a wine cork and 2 tablespoons vinegar and boil 1 hour until tender. Drain and cool. Slice into 1/1/4 inch rounds and set aside. In a tall sauce pan (6 to 8 quarts), heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, thyme leaves and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine, tomato pieces and scungilli and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cook 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve in shallow bowls with lemon wedges.

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