Ratatouille recipe is a delicious, vegan dish, very traditional into the Southern France cuisine. These stir-fried mixed vegetables are perfect as an appetizer as well as a side dish! In the tradition, the ingredients are slowly stewed until creamy along with Provencal Herbs, but over the years the cooking time is got reducing progressively, so according to your preference cook the ratatouille 30 mins up to 3 hours!
This asparagus dip is very simple, incredible fast to make and soo good! I love combine the intense taste of asparagus with the sourly flavor of Dijon mustard. Served with chips or nachos this dip is great for a party, but it’s perfect also aside grilled meats!
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!
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!
Red lentils dal recalls me my first trip in Asia. It was July 1999, and in that time I used to live for travelling. The fist region I visited was North India. I was vegetarian, and on shoestring, so between me and any kind of dal was love at first sight! Preparing red lentils dal is very simple, but is mandatory pay very attention to the spices, they must be of first quality. Cooking with vegetable oil instead ghee, makes this recipe a good source of protein for vegan diet.
Sauteed dandelion greens is a very important ingredient of Roman cuisine. For centuries the most poor Roman familys, use to harvest wild dandelion greens aside the suburbs streets of the Italian capital, and cook them with simple ingredients. The farmers use to bring sauteed dandelion greens with them eating this vegetables as lunch along with simple homemade bread. This vegetable is both tasty and healthy! I love cook dandelion greens in many ways, but today I propose the most traditional way to cook the dandelion. The chili pepper pairs perfectly with the amazing bitter taste of these greens! Serve the dandelion as a tasty salad, or aside cheeses, eggs or roasted meats.
Creamy mushrooms with milk and mustard sauce is a tasty side or appetizer. I like serving this mushrooms with meats and salmon steaks, or as a party dish eating them with toothpicks! The sauce made with milk have to be thick and creamy. Mustard powder, and white pepper, and fresh parsley give a special touch at this easy recipe!
The cipollini onions braised in red wine is a classic recipe combined with strew, steaks or eggs recipes. I love prepare them for family feasts, everytime the cipollini are a success! To prepare the cipollini onions brased, I suggest to make a wine reduction before starting, the wine sauce will be more tasty and flavourful!
A couple of days ago dining with my wife Caterina, we were talking about Italian fried peppers, a delicious traditional dish served cold, and dressed with oil and vinegar, as in the south of Italy its’s used to prepare. Yesterday morning wandering around the aisles of my preferred grocery, I saw a box of Sweet mini peppers in plain sight, and I thought about the previous day chat with Caterina. I bought them right away and I quickly reach my kitchen to give vent to my cravings! I prepared the sweet mini peppers with basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar, then I let them rest covered overnight in the fridge. The pan fried sweet mini peppers are perfect to be tasted with bread crostini, but next to roasted sausages or with a delicious slice of aged Pecorino cheese and cured meats as well.
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