The Italian Giardiniera is an ancient recipe for pickled vegetables. It is also called Giardiniera Campagnola (Rural Giardiniera), because it was one of the most traditional ways to save the overabundance of the production by the farmers, and store a spare of fresh vegetables before the winter. Giardiniera recipe is a “must-to-try” of the classic Italian “aperitivo” (aperitif), and delicious paired with meats and cheeses for a fantastic Italian BBQ. The vegetables may vary depending on the availability of the garden, but commonly the ingredients I choose, compose the classic Giardiniera mix!
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!
Taralli recipe is very popular in Italy: a perfect snack along with wine or beers! They are a healthy substitution of fries and pair perfectly with cured meats, cheese, and pickled vegetables. If you desire to organize a party Italian-style, don’t miss this recipe!
Stuffed zucchini boats is a delicious and merry recipe, perfect as appetizer or entrée! They can be stuffed with various filling either vegetarian or with meat or fish: today I decided to fill my zucchini a tasty pork ragù combined with mashed potatoes and Pecorino Romano cheese!
Gai Lan Chinese broccoli: have you ever tried them? Quick, easy and delicious! If you follow my posts, you know, I love Asian food so much! This recipe requires just 20 minutes, and it is perfect aside other Chinese delicacies, like the Kung Pao, or the pork belly Shanghai style, or just served with steamed rice!
The Basic Crepes recipe is one of the greatest and famous symbols of the French cuisine. On the contrary of some people think, making traditional crepes is quick and easy. I love to fill my crepes either with sweet or salty ingredients; they are delicious in any case! Here the history and recipe of this tasty dish.
Egg Muffins are a must-to-prepare for a brunch or a party: today I prepared a special version Italian-style! Goat cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, asparagus, mushrooms, and Pancetta make these muffins just irresistible! If you or your friends prefer a veggie option, just don’t add the Pancetta into some of the muffins, they will be delicious as well.
Grilled eggplants is a very common dish, but I you desire a particular way to make them follow this recipe! I love to prepare my grilled eggplants marinated with Salmoriglio, a sauce composed of lemon, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. This recipe is also an excellent Idea to save the leftovers vegetables after a barbecue party!