Baccalà salad is a classic appetizer into several Italian regional cuisines, particularly in the Central-Southern areas. Yesterday I made a delicious and healthy Sicilian inspired cod salad with all the traditional flavors of the famous Italian Island! The sweet and sour “Agrodolce” sauce taste pairs perfectly with the typical briny flavor of Baccalà; green olives, pistachios, raisins, and sweet peppers enriched my salad: so different flavors! Furthermore, this recipe is very easy to make and delicious all year long, especially after a day spent on the beach, or as an appetizer during the main festivities!
Ajvar is a traditional relish, originating of the Balkans, created to preserve the peppers. The sweet and sour taste of Ajvar pairs perfectly with grilled meats and bread slices. The peppers and eggplants are roasted, then minced and cooked slowly: delicious!
Acqua Pazza is a classic Italian recipe, healthy and tasty! This cooking method is originating of Southern-Italy and commonly attributed to the Neapolitan cuisine. The traditional recipe wants the fish cooked whole with simple ingredients, whereas the contemporary way prefers to stew fillets of fish along with a delicious fish stock prepared with the bones and the head of the fish. Here both recipes and the origin of Acqua Pazza!
Panelle is one of the most Iconic Sicilian street food recipes! These chickpeas flour fritters are simple to make, rich in history and taste. Panelle are traditionally fried then served into a Sesame roll, a typical scene in the Markets of the city of Palermo! Born as a food for poor people, Pannelle have been conquered the palate of all the social classes: from the poorest to the noblest! Here the traditional recipe and the origin of Panelle!
Probably, the Greek dolmades are the most worldwide famous stuffed grape leaves rolls! These delicious roulades filled with a traditionally vegan mix of rice, onions, and herbs, are popular, with some variations, not only in Greece, but also in several other regions of the Middle Eastern, Turkic, and Balkans areas. I love to serve Dolmades as an appetizer, or into a selection of small plates for my parties. Here the recipe and the history of Dolmades!
Muhammara is a classic Levantine dip, made with walnuts, bell peppers, and spices. This recipe originating of the Syrian city of Aleppo, is incredibly popular in the Middle East, healthy and traditionally vegan. I love it paired with grilled meats, or just spread on toasted bread slices!
Zucchine alla Scapece derives from one of the most ancient food preservation techniques: the Escabeche. This delicious side dish is a classic of the Neapolitan cuisine. The zucchini are previously fried, then marinated into a mixture of garlic, vinegar, and fresh mint. Here the recipe and the history!
Carciofi alla Romana is a classic of the Roman cuisine. This recipe, traditionally served as an appetizer or a side dish, is extremely tasty, healthy, and simple at the same time. The artichokes are seasoned with garlic and fresh herbs, then cooked until tender but still in shape: delicious!
Bagna Cauda is a delicious Italian appetizer originally from of Piedmont, so rich in history and flavor! This dip is made with excellent olive oil and anchovies mashed along with plenty of garlic. The Bagna Cauda is commonly paired with raw and cooked vegetables: tasty and healthy!
The Dauphinoise potatoes is a traditional French recipe typical of the Dauphiné region. This dish is real comfort food: the potatoes are slow-cooked into a herb-flavored cream and milk mixture, until brown and crispy with a soft and delicious heart! Here the recipe and history of Gratin Dauphinoise!