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!
Potato gnocchi: these world famous dumplings are so tender, tasty and rich in history! Any region of Italy has its own recipe for gnocchi. Alla Romana, Canederli, Plum Gnocchi, Alla Sorrentina, a plenty of recipes has its roots in a mix of history and legends. A combination of old and new ingredients coming from the Nuovo Mondo, like potatoes and tomatoes. Here all that you need to know about gnocchi, and the recipe of course!
This sausage skewers recipe is an excellent idea to fan your parties! The peculiarity of these skewers is that are composed with meatballs stuffed with blue cheese. At this time, I choose breakfast sausages, but I like to prepare it with Italian or hot bulk as well. Roasted baby potatoes flavored with rosemary and garlic complete this tasty appetizer. An easy recipe for kids and their parents!
I love a good veal stew so much! If you desire a good stew out from the winter, this is your recipe! The veal meat is more delicate than beef, and it pairs perfectly with asparagus and mushrooms. A good white wine and fresh sage donate a tasty sour flavor. A suggestion: avoid cheap wine otherwise the sauce will be too acid!
Stuffed jalapenos is a classic Mexican recipe. Today I prepared them with a touch of Italian style! Into the stuffing, the sour taste of goat cheese is well balanced with the sweet of potatoes and a pinch of cumin flavor. Sweet basil and Italian sausage recall my own country. This recipe is perfect as appetizer or on your party table, served hot or warm, as you prefer!
Oven roasted octopus is the the baked version of a classic summer Italian dish. Seafood is reduced into pieces, then baked with potatoes and capers. Potatoes are roasted until golden. Octopus has to be crispy and dark violet. The sour taste of wine will balance the sweet of octopus and potatoes. A suggestion: salt lightly just a couple of minutes before finishing the oven roasted octopus, an only if necessary.
Stir fried dandelions and potatoes is a quick and tasty Italian classic. Commonly, it is served as a hot salad for appetizer, or aside meats, eggs, or salty fish, like anchovies or sardines. I really love stir fried dandelions, they are very healthy greens! Their bitter taste pairs perfectly with the sweet of golden potatoes and the salty flavor of Pecorino Romano cheese. When the weather permits to grill outside my house, the stir fried dandelions are a must-to-eat aside steaks and sausages!
Roasted potatoes with butter and herbs is an easy and tasty side. Its pair perfectly with seared tuna or salmon, meats or eggs. The secret to obtain perfect roasted potatoes is poach them into boiling water a couple of mins before baking to eliminate the starch on the surface of the potatoes. The result will be a crispy crust!
This coconut cream soup is the result of my passion for Southeast Asia and Roman cuisine! I love so much coconut soups, they recall me my travel in Thailand, tables placed on the water edge, exotic flavor and spices… This recipe combine the delicate flavor of Romanesco broccoli, a must of the Roman tradition, with the sweet of coconut milk and the sour of the tofu marinated into the soy sauce. Usually, I serve this coconut cream soup as appetizer either to start Italian or Asian meals, a perfect connection between two great culinary traditions.
Sauteed chayote squash is a recent acquisition in my cookbook. I must admit it: I didn’t cook this vegetable until last Christmas. I have to say thanks to my mother in law Patrizia for buying a few chayote to cook together with the family! Chayote is a very versatile ingredient: it’s delicious both raw into salads or tartare, and cooked fast and crispy. Today I propose a tasty side, perfect together with fish or meats, but savory to eat as appetizer too!