Piedmontese beef steak tartare is the most classic Italian tartare, originally from Piedmont. As opposed to the delicious French tartare, the Italian tradition wants the meat seasoned just with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper: this is to taste the original flavor of the beef. Piedmontese beef steak is a perfect appetizer for a holiday dinner, but also a light lunch. The very important thing is to choose a prime quality cut of meat!
Roasted bell peppers hummus is a recipe you want to prepare for your parties: made with precooked Garbanzo beans, this recipe is very easy to make, but at least once in your life try it with dried beans! Compared to the traditional hummus I eliminated the lemon juice and added bell peppers and goat cheese. Tahini is a delicious traditional ingredient for hummus, but in case it is not available, try to replace it with half amount of peanuts butter: delicious!
Gai Lan Chinese broccoli: have you ever tried them? Quick, easy and delicious! If you follow my posts, you know, I love Asian food so much! This recipe requires just 20 minutes, and it is perfect aside other Chinese delicacies, like the Kung Pao, or the pork belly Shanghai style, or just served with steamed rice!
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!
Eggplant pasta with prosciutto dices is a quick and tasty Italian recipe. I love serve this sauce along with any kind of short pasta, but the shape I prefer is Garganelli: an Emilian kind of maccheroni very traditional in Bologna, my birth city. Deep fried eggplants give a characteristic flavor, but if you prefer an healthier choice you can bake them, considering that the taste will be good but not the same. I like complete this eggplant pasta with Ricotta Salata cheese, but Pecorino is perfect as well!
Ricotta cheese pasta is one of the recipes I liked most in my childhood. This sauce for pasta is very easy and fast, just combine ricotta along with fresh basil, Parmigiano Reggiano and tomato sauce. Crushed pine nuts are the crunchy part of this recipe and give a particular taste! Today I opted for strozzapreti, a traditional Italian kind of pasta, but this sauce is delicious with any shape of short pasta or spaghetti as well!
This Easy tomatoes sauce is so tasty and fast to prepare! Tomatoes are cooked along with garlic and sweet basil, just the time to soft them. The more tomatoes are ripe, the more sauce will be delicious! To prepare this recipe a vegetable mill is not mandatory, but I strongly suggest to use it. A blender works fine as well, but the sauce texture will be not the same!
Capocollo is a classic cured Italian! This savory cut of pork is processed fresh or cured in several Italian regions. In this case, I prepared a great pasta with cured capocollo and mini sweet peppers. Oregano leaves give at the sauce a fresh flavor and balance the salty taste of the meat and chili pepper. Serve this dish hot with a sprinkle of ricotta salata.
Today vegetarian Carbonara! I love traditional Carbonara, but sometimes I opt for a more light and healthy version. Zucchini pair greatly with eggs and Pecorino Romano cheese. Grated lemon skin give a tasty touch of freshness. Zucchini have to be chopped big enough to be cooked until golden brown but not mushy. The main question is: creamy or not creamy? For Italian people there is an only question: creamy. If the yolks coagulate, for us sounds like a disaster! For this reason I suggest to use only trusted, super fresh eggs, or pasteurized.
Stuffed mushrooms are a perfect recipe for party! Tasty bites flavored with creamy egg and cheese filling, soo good! Stuffing my mushrooms, I opted for Gruyere. I love this cheese, it’s perfect to be melted, but Italian Fontina, or Provolone, or Gouda are delicious as well. Same thing for the herbs: today I choose parsley, but sometimes I opt for fresh oregano or dried mint, try them on and let me know!