Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.




Sicilian Fire Sticks

Carino's Sicilian Fire Sticks
Copycat Recipe

Makes about 24 sticks

1 6-ounce boneless chicken breast
1/2  pound ground Italian sausage
2 tablespoons butter
2 or 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh, diced Roma tomatoes
2 tablespoons diced jalapenos
1/2 cup Alfredo sauce (homemade or store bought)
1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
salt and pepper to taste
12 tomato basil tortillas
1/4 cup flour mixed into a paste with 1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups oil for frying
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)

Broil or saut√© the chicken breast until cooked through and slightly browned, 5 minutes or so on each side. Let cool slightly, and when easy to handle, slice into thin strips, ¼ inch or so thick. Set aside.  Cook the Italian sausage until nicely browned, breaking up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain and set aside.In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and, when sizzling, saute the garlic and red onions until translucent. Add the cooked and sliced chicken and sausage and heat through. Add the tomatoes and jalapenos and continue to cook another 2 minutes. Add the Alfredo sauce, cheese, salt and pepper, and stir, cooking until thickened. Allow this filling to cool in the refrigerator for a few hours.

To assemble and cook: Microwave the tortillas to soften them.Cut a tortilla in half and spoon a narrow line of the cold filling along the cut edge of the tortilla. Brush the flour and water paste along the arch of the tortilla. Begin rolling the tortilla tightly over the filling, and continue until the tortilla is rolled tightly and sealed with the paste. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas and filling. Heat the oil to 350 degrees in a wide skillet and add the sticks a few at a time. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes or until the sticks are crisp and the filling has been cooked a minute or two, turning to brown all sides. Immediately roll the fried sticks in grated Parmesan to coat them. Serve with dips of ranch dressing and marinara sauce.

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