Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Oranges With Wine Sauce

Oranges With Wine Sauce

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 12

8 navel oranges
1 tangerine and/or 1 lemon, sliced and unpeeled
3 cups full-bodied red wine
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons whole cloves
4 sticks cinnamon
1/2 cup slivered or crushed almonds optional

Peel two oranges with a vegetable peeler removing just the peel and leaving the white membrane attached. Slice this thin peel into narrow julienne strips, and set aside. Peel all the oranges with a sharp knife removing all the white membrane. Cut into 1/4 inch slices and set aside in a glass bowl.

In enamel, Pyrex or other non-reactive saucepan, combine the wine, water, and sugar. Add all but 1/4 cup of the julienned peel, tangerine or lemon slices, cloves, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, immediately lower the heat, and simmer until reduced by half and sauce has become syrupy, about 35 to 45 minutes. Strain out the spices and fruit peel-through you may wish to reserve the cinnamon for garnish.

Serve by pouring the warm, or chilled, wine sauce over individual portions of the sliced oranges.
Then, garnish with a cinnamon stick, a sprinkle of almonds, a few curls of julienned orange peel, and optionally another glass of your favorite red wine

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