The Cotoletta alla Milanese is probably the most popular dish of the Lombard cuisine. A tasty, thick veal chop bone-in breaded and pan-fried! Unfortunately, the popularity of this has been pushed several cheap variations, very far from the original delicious Milanese cutlet. Here the authentic recipe and the history of Cotoletta alla Milanese!
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.
The Naan bread is a recipe you can’t miss If you plan to prepare an Indian dinner! This simple flatbread is rich in history and taste, and even if the traditional method requires a Tandoor oven, Naan will be delicious also cooked in a cast iron skillet!
Indian Ghee butter is the most traditional seasoning of the Asian sub-continent, thanks to its flavor and properties. Cooking indian recipes like curries and Dal, the use of this fat is essential, and give an unique mark. Homemade ghee is very easy to make and, contrary of the commercial version, it is tastier, so I strong recommend to try it on once in your life!
The clarified butter recipe is easier than you think and will change your way of cooking! People prefer mostly to fry with oil or common butter, but clarified butter permits to reach high temperatures, maintaining the flavor of the sweet cream butter. Don’t you believe me? Try it on! You need just a single ingredient, a good pot, a thermometer and a sieve 🙂
Mushroom risotto: another classic Italian! Risotto recipes are very popular into the North Eastern Italian cuisine. Its preparation is not particularly easy, but it worth any minute of your time! There are many variations of Italian risotto: along with Milanese Risotto and Asparagus Risotto, the mushroom version is one of the most famous. In this case, I love to add a yolk before stirring the last time my mushroom risotto, but if someone doesn’t like the taste of the egg, it is possible to substitute the yolk with one more spoon of butter.
Veal scaloppini with prosciutto (Italian ham) and sage leaves, sauteed into butter are named “saltimbocca alla romana” in Rome. It’s a must to try! Thin veal steaks are flavored with sage and black pepper, then dressed up with Italian prosciutto, and finally sauteed into the butter. A thin layer of cornstarch combined with white wine creates a creamy sauce, very tasty!
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!
Ok, this is a sensitive topic; It may erode one of the certainties most deeply rooted into many foodies!
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In Italy, nobody knows fettuccine Alfredo!
Yes, I said it! Fettuccine Alfredo is a fake Italian tradition!
When I see rack of lamb in plain sight on the butcher’s counter, I simply cannot resist! I love its unique flavor, almost naturally spicy, and its versatility: you can fry, pan-fry, bake, or stew it. My very first memory of lamb goes back to my maternal grandmother’s breaded lamb chops: fried and immediately served in a dish with baked potatoes…yum, sooner or later I’ll make them again! Today we will prepare the rack of lamb simply in the oven, after having briefly pan-fried it. To enhance the flavor of the meat I recommend an intense sage pesto and to finish off, a scented potato purée seasoned with fennel; need I say more? Buon appetito!