The Lyonnaise Potatoes is a popular French recipe, tasty and easy to prepare. The potatoes are previously roasted into the butter, then baked with caramelized onions and finished with fresh herbs. This vegetarian side pairs perfectly with roasted meats and white fish, but also with eggs recipe. Many chefs prefers to pan-fry the potatoes, but I prefer to bake them before finishing in a cast iron skillet.
Pasta Fagioli recipe is very popular in Italy, and every region owns its local variation. The Venetian version of the bean soup is one of the most ancient and rich in history. Traditionally the Venetian Pasta Fagioli is strongly linked with the annual ritual of the slaughter of the pigs. For centuries Pasta Fagioli has fed the farmers families, reusing the cheap cuts of pork. Nowadays, the Venetian Pasta a Fagioli is considered a classic of the Italian cuisine either in its traditional recipe and reinvented by famous contemporary Chefs. Here the recipe and history, don’t miss it!
The Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish omelette) is a must-to-try traveling in Spain. This tasty appetizer is made with just four ingredients, and easy to make. Besides the classic Tortilla, it is possible to prepare several delicious variations with other vegetables, or meat, or cheese. The Spanish tortilla is perfect for a quick lunch or a special brunch, but also at any other time of the day! Here the classic recipe and the history of Tortilla de Patatas!
The Hungarian goulash recipe is one of the most typical dishes of East Europe. About goulash I have a precise view, the first time I went in Hungary. It was the December of 1992, and I was traveling along with my parents. I remember distinctly two things: the freezing cold that wrapped Budapest in the Christmas time, and a hot, flavorful, hearty, stew came to my rescue! The goulash recipe has an ancient and fascinating story, started with the migration of the cows between the Hungarian steppe and the main East-European markets. A country recipe become a masterpiece of the comfort food culture! Here the history and the recipe.
French fries are the most famous side in the world, but not easy to replicate homemade. Actually, make perfect Fries at home requires just a couple of tips! Someone describes French fries unhealthy. That’s partially true, but they are a little sin that may be outweighed with a healthy diet. Here the history and the recipe for a dish that we all know and appreciate!
Pumpkin gnocchi is a recipe I love to prepare in this season. They are easy to make in advance and freeze, so perfect to plan a dinner even with several people: a feast for friends! I like so much the mild sweetness of these gnocchi and pair them with butter and sage, but also with meat sauces or melted blue cheeses: so yummy!
Roasted veal breast “alla Fornara” is a classic Italian recipe rich in taste and history! The origin of this dish is Roman, created at the times of the battles for the Italy’s unification by an Italian patriot. The recipe is easy and tasty: juicy veal breast marinated in salt and herbs, braised in white wine, then roasted in the oven. The veal “alla Fornara” is traditionally served along with potatoes, roasted aside the meat. Here the recipe and the history of this amazing and patriotic delight!
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!
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!
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!