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.
In preparing this particular sauce, I was inspired by the classic Italian green sauce recipe (salsa verde). We use this sauce to accompany Piedmontese boiled meat and Tuscan offal. I needed something that would work well to accompany both fish and meat. So I eliminated the bread to lighten the sauce and added wasabi, to give it a more fresh and pungent taste. Try it cold, but not ice cold, and if you can, use a mortar leaving the mixer tightly locked in the cupboard!
Next we have a common passion that ties Italy with the United States: shrimp! Big or small, we love them too, and like to cook and eat them in every way. My mind goes back in time and I become nostalgic…along the Tuscan seashore, grilled shrimp and a glass of Pinot Grigio…too bad both summer and Italy, for now, are far away…sigh! Today we’re preparing a linguine recipe with shrimps and a little secret ingredient that will make it creamy and tasty, but at the same time light. Cream, milk and flour banished, we will prepare a simple and revisited bisque with shrimp shells. Yes, I know, many of you just throw them out, but I assure you that from these “scraps” you will be able to extract a unique flavor that will make your dish simply delicious!
There are days in which I just don’t feel like turning on the stove, does it happen to you too? If that’s the case, then here is a tasty, low-calorie, and super fast recipe (can’t get any better than that). I really enjoy tartare: classic tartare is made with beef, but if you don’t feel like meat you can prepare it with tuna or, as in the recipe I’ll show you, salmon! A healthy meal helps keep you in shape and in a good mood, but to be even safer, use first quality salmon which has just been defrosted. In Italy it is customary to accompany salmon and all river fish with mushrooms. I wanted to try something along the same lines and chose champignon mushrooms, seasoned with olive oil and left to marinate with the fish. Result? Excellent! Celery provides a crunchy note that will render it an even more delicious dish. To get the best results, cut the vegetables into very thin slices and season the tartare 5 minutes before serving.
This dish remind me of my days in Greece: The white-washed houses, the deep blue of the sea and the pale and spiced yellow of Retsina wine. when I returned I brought home the colors and flavors of the Peloponnese and I created a variant of the veal scaloppine with what I had left in my suitcase : Kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes, oregano, capers, feta cheese. The result was great, and I toasted to the many ingredients that are common to Italy and Greece!
If you were lucky enough to visit Rome and eat in one of its many “trattorie” (Italian informal restaurants, Ed.), you’ll have noticed that the food experience is a visceral, rough and traditional one. The Roman cuisine has very ancient origins, but has been able to evolve at an equal pace with the discovery of new ingredients from other continents, such as cocoa and tomatoes. The queen of entrees is without a doubt the oxtail “alla vaccinara”, one of the most popular among Roman dishes and the pride of every self-respecting cook of the capital. Today I present you with a more traditional and rich recipe: a dish which is complex in flavors, elegant, but also full of history: a real treat!
The fresh tomato pulp is ideal for dressing pasta, entrees and bruschettas. Its fast and taste summer. You can prepare it a day or two before, in order to speed up the preparation of the main course. I also use it on bruschettas, with olives, capers and some finely chopped fresh onion.
On Sunday morning my wife and I like to treat ourselves well. This recipe is perfect if you want to wake up with a smile; just prepare the chocolate fudge muffin the day before and warm them a few minutes in the oven (do not skip this step, otherwise they will not retain their characteristic softness). They are delicious on their own, but if you want my advice, garnish at the last minute with whipped cream, blueberries and raspberries. Of course they will make a perfect snack or dessert, not to mention a tasty late night treat!
This cream of asparagus occurred to me one day, preparing grape tomatoes in the oven. I was wondering how I could use them other than as an appetizer and so I came up with the idea for this extremely simple, creamy vegetarian pasta recipe (we can save the proteins for another dish!). I really enjoy the cream of asparagus and I love prepare it often: it’s simple and always a success. You don’t need butter or cream, only high-quality extra virgin olive oil! The result is a playful dish, full of color and reminiscent of the festivities, which is also perfect for getting children to eat vegetables.
Roasted cherry tomatoes in olive oil are both excellent for pasta, risotto, salads, and also to eat during an aperitif, with olives, cured meats, and cheese. They can be flavored with many herbs and scents: here, I have prepared some with fresh oregano and some others with garlic, capers, and parsley. Try to make them; the taste of these roasted tomatoes after a few weeks stored in the dark is so yummy!