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!
Salmoriglio is an ancient, Italian marinade and dressing. Thanks to its sour, lemony flavor it helps to tenderize fish, meats, and vegetables giving them a delicious taste! Here, the history and the recipe.
A Focaccia bread thick and fluffy ready in less than two hours? It is possible, and it is soo tasty! Focaccia Locatelli is a no-knead recipe, very soft Italian flatbread, and super easy to make. The classic version does not provide for any toppings, but I strongly suggest you garnish your focaccia with your favorite ingredients. Here I choose stuffed green olives, cherry tomatoes, and gorgonzola crumbles, but the only limit is your fantasy!
Shrimp rice salad is one of my preferred recipes for summertime. Rice pilaf tossed with steamed shrimp, fresh coriander and spices is a thing that remembers me seaside and vacation. This is the perfect recipe to prepare in advance for a picnic on the beach! Even if it is possible serve this shrimp rice salad hot, I prefer taste it at room temperature or cold. Basmati is the rice I prefer for this recipe, but Arborio, Jasmine, brown or wild will work great as well, just remember to adjust time and cook technique depending the kind of rice.
Winter is coming? It is time for a tasty rice and beans soup. This classic Italian helps to tolerate next cold days! Follow this recipe step-by-step, and you’ll have a real delight, directly from my family’s cookbook to your table!
Today I propose a healthy, tasty, and very versatile cauliflower dip. It’s delicious with croutons and chips, and perfect to seasoning pasta or aside grilled meat! The ingredients are few and very simple; It will be a success!
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Sometimes, when only a few ingredients remain into the fridge and there isn’t time to go to the grocery, arise very tasty dishes that win over with their simplicity. This happened in my kitchen, yesterday at lunch; Opening the refrigerator, among the few things left, a beautiful cauliflower catches my attention. How can prepare it? I wondered. After thinking about it a bit ‘ I go for a quick steaming. When the cauliflower was steamed, I let it cool for a few time; Meanwhile I do wonder how accompany him. Into the drawer of the cheeses I see a beautiful slice of feta cheese; Its slightly sour taste fits perfectly with the cauliflower. I reduced the cheese into cubes, stirred it with sprigs of cauliflower seasoning with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a generous sprinkle of black pepper, Et voilà, my cauliflower salad for a tasty and healthy lunch was ready!
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!
In Italy, meatballs (that we call “polpette”) are a classic Monday dish. In fact, originally the meatballs were made with the leftovers of the meat used for Sunday’s broth. Nowadays, meatballs are no longer made just to avoid throwing out leftover food, and we prepare them in many ways: with vegetables (eggplant is an excellent choice), meat (veal, beef or pork) or fish (especially cod and shrimp). Usually the balled mixture is fried and then simmered, although at times they area perfect street food, just fried and eaten on the go. Today we are going to prepare sausage meatballs, topped with a sauce made of tomatoes and fresh basil, without frying them so they are lighter. Given that the meat is very savory, I don’t add salt to either the sauce or the meatballs, and they are still very tasty. Your only regret will be not having prepared a few more!
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!