Sardines pasta is a traditional Sicilian delicacy, and, as usual for many Italian recipes, is the protagonist of a legend and a historical fact. The ingredients of this dish are typical of Sicily but also inspired by the foreign occupations of the island into the centuries. Here the history and the recipe of this legendary dish!
Mussels in white wine sauce are one of the most popular Italian recipes. The preparation is very easy and requires just a few ingredients. The quality of the mussels is critical, and they have to be preferably living. This dish is originally from Naples, and it was the preferred recipe of King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies. The mussels are cooked along with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and black pepper, then basted with white wine, and finally served on toasted bread slices: delicious!
Beer batter is a simple mix to fry vegetables and seafood. It does not require any eggs or dairy products: vegan and tasty! This mixture will make your deep-fried recipes light and crispy. The beer batter basic recipe needs just flour, beer, olive oil, and salt; but, depending on the recipe, I love adding some spices like turmeric, cumin, or paprika.
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.
Cuttlefish stew with green peas is a classic Central Italian dish. Lazio and Campania cuisines are fighting the fatherhood of this recipe for centuries, and the question in not resolved yet! The cuttlefish are slow cooked with a tasty tomato sauce. The green peas have to be soft but not mushy. I like serve this cuttlefish stew with bread slices, but it is very delicious served with rice or tossed with pasta as well!
These Sauteed shrimps are very easy to prepare, and tasty! I love serve them as appetizer, but they are great also as a snack, paired with beer or white wine. Furthermore, the sauteed shrimps are perfect for flavorful salads or sandwiches.
Venetian salted cod (Baccalà mantecato) is one of the most popular method to prepare the Baccalà in Italy. The salted cod is beaten with milk and peanut oil until perfectly whipped as a tasty white cloud! Serve the Venetian salted cod on bread crostini or baked polenta as the Venetian people does!
The salted cod is a specialty very popular on the tables of Potogallo, Spain and Italy. Bacalhau, or Baccalà, or Bacalao… whathever you call the salted cod, it is a true delight to enjoy all year long. To prepare a delicious dish with salted cod is indispensable follow properly the procedure to remove the salt. Below I explain a foolproof method to obtain a salted cod ready to cook!
Yesterday I cooked a simple and tasty recipe: the stuffed squid with potatoes and broccoli. This fun recipe is excellent both as appetizer or entree. The stuffed squid have to be baked quite fast and the oven must be very hot. To speed up the preparation is possible to prepare the filling in advance, filling the squid just before cooking them.