Winter rhymes with slow cooked and braised meats (do you feel the rhyme?!?). Here I suggest you a fragrant butternut squash compote: it is excellent as an accompaniment for slow cooked meats, like a pot roast or pulled pork. The secret to make a yummy compote is to measure out the balance between sweet and spicy. Usually I prepare the butternut squash compote portions in advance: in this way it will be ready in a few minutes during all the cold season!
Feel like cooking an unforgettable fish fillet in a little time? Here is a simple mackerel fillet with a sesame crust, paired with a salad of steamed endive. To finish the dish with a unique touch, we’ll season it with an tasty dressing of dill chlorophyll — read on to find out how!
Is well known: The kids do not particularly like some types of vegetables. It will be by chance, but the most hated are the healthiest! To encourage them eating these vegetables, the best thing is present the meal in a playful and colorful way. So, if you are looking for a new way to get children to eat vegetables, try on this vegetable cream, full of healthy vitamins!
When I see rack of lamb in plain sight on the butcher’s counter, I simply cannot resist! I love its unique flavor, almost naturally spicy, and its versatility: you can fry, pan-fry, bake, or stew it. My very first memory of lamb goes back to my maternal grandmother’s breaded lamb chops: fried and immediately served in a dish with baked potatoes…yum, sooner or later I’ll make them again! Today we will prepare the rack of lamb simply in the oven, after having briefly pan-fried it. To enhance the flavor of the meat I recommend an intense sage pesto and to finish off, a scented potato purée seasoned with fennel; need I say more? Buon appetito!
For me, born and raised in Bologna, stuffed zucchini are part of the tradition. This vegetable came in Europe from America, as a consequence of Cristoforo Colombo travelling, and was quickly introduced in the tradition of Italian cuisine. For centuries, stuffed zucchini were prepared with the leftovers of meat to provide a dish full of vitamins and protein. Here, I suggest a vegetarian version, filled with tasty goat cheese, coriander seeds, potatoes and shallots. Stuffed zucchini can be prepared either “lying” or “standing”, but I personally prefer the second option. Do not dig totally the zucchini, in order to preserve a base that will prevent leakage of the filling.
In Italy we particularly love stuffing tomatoes! We really enjoy Roman-style gratin dishes prepared with breadcrumbs and herbs or with rice and potatoes. Today we’ll prepare them with one of my favorite fillings: diced eggplants that we will fry beforehand in order to release the typical eggplant parmigiana flavor. To further enhance our filling, we will add sun-dried tomatoes and smoked aged mozzarella (in Italy known as “scamorza“). You may serve these tasty tomatoes as an appetizer or as a side dish to your grilled meat. Once ready, let stand for 5 minutes and serve still warm!e ready, let stand for 5 minutes and serve still warm!
The idea for this risotto came to me a few years ago when I was still living in Bologna. I wanted to combine the classic tradition of risotto with something different, using both meat and fish (which in Italy is not very common). The result was excellent: every time I prepare it, it is a success, both with Italians and friends from other countries. Crispy bacon goes well with the softness of the salmon and the sweetness of the pepper; saffron completes the whole and allows the risotto to become creamy.
In Italy (and not only!) usually fish is cooked with white wine. It is always true? Not really! In many Italian regions such as Tuscany and Campania, octopus is braised in red wine. We call it “drunk” octopus. The result is a tasty main dish with a sauce to be enjoyed with a slice of toasted bread. Today we will prepare it in a particular version, with Concord grapes and potatoes, a new way to enjoy a very old recipe.
A while ago I found myself having to come up with an appetizer at the last moment, with only a few things in the fridge and no time to go to the supermarket. And so I created the following dish with Belgian, simple as it is tasty, fast and perfect for a snack or as an appetizer or side dish. It is so true that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!
Tuna, beans and onion is a classic Italian salad. Quick to prepare, it is very tasty and also easy to carry, making it a perfect lunch for work or during a trip to the beach or in the countryside. In my version, I have used the most soft and tasty portion of the tuna itself: the belly. Being a quick recipe to put in your bag or backpack, I used tuna belly preserved in olive oil, which can be easily found at the supermarket, along with canned beans. To dress the salad, I prepared a sauce made with parsley, inspired by the Italian “salsa verde” (green sauce), with the addition of wasabi to give a new and zesty touch.