Spatzle are a particular kind of fresh pasta typical in Northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria. Spatzle dough is prepared with egg, flour and water or milk. Depending the quantity of liquid in to the dought the Spatzle shape is long like big noodles or short like little gnocchi. With the help of the special tool (the Spätzelhober) making Spatzle is very easy! I love make them for special dinner. If you prefer (I prefer!) it is possible cook the Spatzle a few time before serving, seasoning with the sauce. In this case is best pre-seasoning with a little bit of melted butter or olive oil to prevent sticking. Often Spatzle are presented as a side dish or seasoned as a pasta Today I propose them with a sauteed fillet of char, topped with mushrooms and asparagus.
Pulled Pork is one of my favorite American recipes! The meat cooked for hours at low temperature is tender and creamy, its flavor is intense and fragrant and it is really easy to do: it is a perfect dish for a party with friends in the winter nights! Today, I propose an Italian way to prepare the Pulled Pork: braised in red wine with juniper berries, mixed peppercorns and fresh rosemary. To recall even more Italian descent, I suggest to replace the classic bun with a creamy Polenta flavored with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and white pepper: it’s so tasty!
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!
Casseroles are a perfect dish against cold winter days! Today we will prepare a casserole with Brussels sprouts, potatoes and bacon. To get a thick but creamy consistency, add an egg-bechamél sauce flavored with mustard seeds powder and lots of grated scamorza (or mozzarella) cheese.
Tired of winter? Here’s a hot and colorful cream soup to brighten up your dinner! The butternut squash cream soup is a dish that I like to prepare in many versions: Today I propose you a spicy and flavorful version with turmeric powder, dill and goat cheese. You can serve the butternut squash cream soup with wild rice or, alternatively, brown rice.
Chocolate salami is the traditional Italian dessert most loved by children. Just saying the name brings me back to childhood: it was my favorite snack! Preparing the chocolate salami is very simple, the ingredients are few, easy to find, and does not require cooking. To increase the realism, sprinkle the chocolate salami with powdered sugar. It will resemble classic Italian salami and it will be difficult to distinguish from a real one!
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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!
Here’s a vegetarian pie which believes itself a lasagna! Lacinato kale leaves with potatoes layers, all garnished with a classic béchamel sauce and grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This recipe is not quite dietetic, but its fulfilling taste takes care of all your remorse! If you prefer, you can prepare this pie a day in advance, cooking it in the oven just before serving. Don’t forget to operate the grill after cooking, to get a golden and crispy crust!
The “Ragù Barese” (Apulian meat sauce) is a Southern-Italian typical pasta dressing full of history and tradition. Even though it has improve some changes over the centuries, has maintained an intense and antique flavor. A few weeks ago I ate this dish at Enzo’s caffè in Portland and loved it: For a few minutes I felt myself in Italy, so much that along Alberta Street looked like there were appear olive trees! I’m writing here the recipe, so that a little ‘olive trees can grow in your kitchen! As with “Bolognese sauce” or” Neapolitan Genovese”, the secret to this recipe is a long cooking at a low temperature. In Italy we use a traditional crock pot, left on the stove for many hours. Here in America I tried to make the sauce with my slow-cooker and the result was perfect!
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!