Fried sage is an appetizer I particularly love: easy, quick, and tasty! The batter I use is a classic Italian plus a few spices to improve flavor and color. I listed below my favorite spices, but feel free to experiment your favorite seasoning. The only rule is: once ready serve as soon as possible!
French Steak Tartare is a classic recipe which enhances the pure flavor of the meat, assuming you have a cannibal instinct! In France, the Tartare is an institution since the second part of the XIX Century. This recipe requires prime quality meat and various ingredients depending on the several variations. Here the history and the recipe this delicious dish!
Mussels in white wine sauce are one of the most popular Italian recipes. The preparation is very easy and requires just a few ingredients. The quality of the mussels is critical, and they have to be preferably living. This dish is originally from Naples, and it was the preferred recipe of King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies. The mussels are cooked along with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and black pepper, then basted with white wine, and finally served on toasted bread slices: delicious!
Peas and Pancetta is a classic Italian pairing: a tasty side dish or party appetizer. The sweetness of peas contrasts pleasantly against the rich taste of Italian Pancetta. In this case, I’ve added seared slices of mini bell peppers and fresh parsley: simple and delicious!
Charred okra and tomatoes stew is a recipe perfect to serve at a BBQ party! This delish is great also prepared in your kitchen with the help of a cast iron pan: just remember to clean and season the pan after the use. The okra is cut into halves and stir-fried until charred, then seasoned with a delicious cherry tomatoes sauce. Finally, the okra is slow-cooked depending on the grade of cooking you prefer: simple, healthy and tasty!
Roasted bell peppers hummus is a recipe you want to prepare for your parties: made with precooked Garbanzo beans, this recipe is very easy to make, but at least once in your life try it with dried beans! Compared to the traditional hummus I eliminated the lemon juice and added bell peppers and goat cheese. Tahini is a delicious traditional ingredient for hummus, but in case it is not available, try to replace it with half amount of peanuts butter: delicious!
Basil pesto is a must of Genovese cuisine (click here to read the recipe and history). People from Genoa are very proud of this tasty recipe and admit just a few variation. The most famous recipe with basil pesto is “Pesto Avvantaggiato” also called simply “Pesto Alla Genovese”. The pasta, commonly Linguine or Trofie, is cooked along with green beans and diced potatoes, then tossed with basil pesto. It’s critical do not re-heat basil pesto and add a few tbsp of water to obtain a creamy sauce. Easy and tasty!
Kung Pao Chicken: one of the most popular and distorted Chinese recipes! This dish, available in the Chinese restaurant and chains from over the world, is frequently served into several variations, because of the difficult to find the traditional ingredients. But, since currently is ever easier to find traditional Chinese goods, now is the right time to try the original Kung Pao chicken! Here the history of this tasty dish, and the recipe of Sichuan and Western versions: the choice is yours!
Pasta Puttanesca recipe is a daily dish in Italy; easy and tasty! This recipe was created in Naples, but Rome is proud of a variation become as traditional as the Neapolitan version. The Roman Puttanesca sauce require anchovies, and Pecorino Romano, and oregano instead of parsley: absolutely a must-to-try! If you prefer to stay in the tradition eating an amazing vegan Italian dish, go with Neapolitan version!
The Skordalia recipe made with mashed potatoes is one of my preferred Greek side dishes; it’s so simple to make and flavorful! Traditionally, Skordalia is served along with fried salt cod, but it is delicious also with grilled lamb, fried zucchini and eggplants, or beet salad!