The Italian pork shoulder stew is a classic Italian Spezzatino (diced and slow cooked meat). This tasty recipe requires a several-hours-cooking but it’s pretty easy to make. The potatoes and peas pair perfectly with the pork, and form a whole meal in a single dish! In this case, I used the pork shoulder, but you can prefer your favorite meat: in Italy, it is very common make stews using beef or lamb, or mixing different types of meats. The stew will be delicious just cooked, but even better one or two days after!
Arrabbiata sauce pasta (penne all’arrabbiata) is one of the simplest Roman recipes, and so delicious! The secret of Arrabbiata is the balance between the freshness taste of tomatoes and parsley, and the extreme spiciness of Chili peppers. Even if traditional shape of pasta is Penne, this sauce pairs perfectly with almost all the kind of pasta. Penne all’Arrabbiata is excellent just cooked, but also yummy served at room temperature like a pasta salad. Here all the secrets of this classic dish and the traditional recipe!
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.
Palermitan Caponata recipe is probably the most worldwide famous Sicilian Caponata. This sweet and sour appetizer had been originally served as side dish, and paired with grilled Mahi Mahi. The Palermitan Caponata recipe is prepared into two different variations: the first one simpler in ingredients, the second enriched with pine nuts, raisin, and roasted almonds. Here the traditional recipe of Palermitan Caponata!
The Caponata Catanese is one of the most famous Sicilian Caponata recipes. The most distinguishing trait of the Caponata Catanese is the adding of red and yellow bell peppers. This appetizer is a must to try in Sicily and often paired with bread slices, grilled meats, and fish like Mahi Mahi, Tuna, or Swordfish.
The Portuguese clams stew is a classic of the Lusitanian cuisine. The pairing with cured chorizo is surprisingly delicious, and the cilantro leaves give to this dish tasty a note of freshness!
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a traditional Neapolitan dish become a symbol of the Italian cuisine, thanks to its simplicity and deliciousness! This recipe is a poor variation of the classic Linguine with clams and was the only option for who couldn’t afford to buy richer ingredients. Beyond its modest origin, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a temptation to try: easy to make and tasty!
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!
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.
Greek Pita bread is an ingredient always present in my fridge or my freezer. This recipe is very simple to prepare and easy to store and reheat. I love to pair Pita with my preferred appetizers and salads, or filling it with roasted meats, or simply seasoning with olive oil, oregano and sea salt! Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, every time is Pita time!