homemade cooking

Mussels Alla Livornese. Cozze Alla Livornese.

Ingredients:

1kg mussels

1 garlic clove

Parsley

1 cup of passata

7-10 cherry tomatoes

Half glass of white wine

Black pepper

 

Step 1. Clean the mussels.

Step 2. Put chopped garlic,parsley and cherry tomatoes to the pan.

Step 3. Fry for 5-7 min, then add  the mussels and white wine.cover with the lead.

Step 4. Season with some pepper

Step 5. When the mussels are opened put on top some passata. Let it cook another 5-7 min and it’s all ready to eat!!!

Step 6. Buon Appetito!

Italian Breadcrumbs. Pane Grattugiato.

It’s classic recipe for a base of all kinds of Italian recipes. You can use them for fish,pasta,meat and vegetable dishes. Today I explain only this base recipe and next time I will show you to use it in practice!

Ingredints:

Breadcrumbs (qunantity depends on what you cooking)

1,5 Garlic clove

Parsley

Olive Oli, extra virgin

salt

Peppe

Step 1. Put the breadcrumbs in the bowl.

Step 2. Chop the parsley and garlic very fine,add to the bowl with breadcrumbs.

Step 3. Add salt,pepper and olive oil. Please note,that you have to add enough olive oil to combine the mixture,but not to much,that it soaks in it.

Step 4.  Mix it all up,until it is slightly sticky, but still falls apart.Now, it is ready to use for your preferred dishes.

 

Baked Perch With Potatoes

Ingredients:

Half a perch

4-5  Potatoes

1  Red onion

3 Garlic cloves

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

Half tine of black olives

Olive oil

Rosemary

Salt

Black pepper

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 180 C
Step 2. Peel the potatoes and cut them in any shapes you prefer
Step 3. Put some olive oil into baking tray and add the potatoes, onions, garlic and rosmary. Season to your taste.
Step 4. Put the tray in the oven for aprx. 15-min
Step 5. Slice the cherry tomatoes
Step 6. Take the potatoes out of the oven, put the perch on top, season with salt, pepper. Then add on top tomatoes, olives and rosemary.
      Step 7. Bake for another 20 min.
      Step 8. Buona appetito
      P.S. I would like to note this fish dish goes very well with white wine.

Passatelli

Passatelli it’s a typical dish for our region Pesaro e Urbino or north Marche. You can prepare the meat broth, following the classic recipe. Pasta for Passatelli are done from breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, eggs and nutmeg. It’s a perfect winter dish.
Ingredients:
250 g breadcrumbs / pangrattato
100 g parmesan cheese / parmegiano
5 eggs / uova
zest of 1 lemon /1 lemone gratugiato
1 pinch of salt / pizzicato di sale
1 pinch of black pepper / pizzicato di pepe
1 tbsp white flour / farina
1 pinch of nutmeg /pizzico di noce muscato
Step 1. In a big bowl put the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, salt, pepper, nutmeg and flour.
Step 2. Make the hole in the middle and add the eggs.
Step 3. Mix all very well until you can form a ball.
Step 4. Now take the masher (like on the photo) and then, taking small pieces from pasta ball start to squeeze, cut passatelli with knife aprx. 6-7cm long.
Step 5. You can cook them straight away or freeze in the freezer.
Step 6. Enjoy and Buon Appetito!!

Polpette. Italian Meatballs

You will need:

400g minced meat( pork and beef 50/50)
200g sausage mince
200g breadcrumbs
6 tbsp grated parmigiano cheese
2 eggs
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
Half glass white vine
One red onion
One botle of passata
 
Let’s start
 
Step 1. Put all meat, bread crumbs, cheese and eggs in one bowl.
Step 2. Chop together garlic and parsley and add it to the meat.
Step 3. Use your hands and mix it all together till you can easy form the mass in to the balls.
Step 4. Don’t worry if you can’t do the balls yet, add more breadcrumbs if needed.
Step 5. Prepare the frying pan and add olive oil.
Step 6. Start making the meatballs using your hands.
Step 7. Put them all in the pan and start frying.
Step 8. Don’t forget to turn them over.
Step 9. ATTENTION!! NOW IT’S VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT IN ITALIAN COOKING!! YOU ADD WHITE WINE!! Half a glass in the meatballs and half in your glass! 🙂
Step 10. Chop the red onion and add to the meatballs.
Step 11. Leave it to fry together.
Step 12. Add more wine if needed in your glass. And in the meatballs.
Step 13. Poor the bottle of passata on top.
Step 14. cover with a lead and leave to cook slowly for about 30-40 min.
Step 15. Buon Appetito!

Italian Tiramisu Recipe

 

Without any pre story, I Want to share with you today a recipe one of the famous, number one dessert in Italy -Tiramisu.

You will need:      

Coffee

4 Fresh Eggs

500 g Mascarpone

250 g Tea Biscuits

4 tbsp Sugar

50 g Dark Chocolate

Step 1. Prepare very strong coffee

Step 2. Separate egg whites and whisk them till medium foam.

Step 3. Add the egg yolks and sugar. Keep whisk till the consistent  become creamy.

Step 4. Don’t worry if it’s too runny, it will harden in the fridge.

Step 5. Take your biscuits and coffee. Deep biscuits one buy one in the coffee and laid them on the deep tray near to each other.

Step 6. When the first coat done cover them with part of prepared cream.

Step 7. And carry on till all your biscuits is finished. It is important  to leave some cream to cover the top of Tiramisu.

Step 8. Grate the chocolate and spread it on top of Tiramisu.

Step 9. Put Tiramisu in the fridge to set, minimum for 2-3 hrs.

Step 10. Take out Tiramisu … .

Step 11. And Buon Appetito!

 

Super Simple Homemade Bread

After long pressure from my big Sister who is passionate food and travel blogger https://theusualingredients.wordpress.com/  I finally decided sometimes to share with you my little recipes. All of them is very simple and what is more important taste delicious.
Today I will show you how to make super simple homemade bread. It’s fantastic. After I try this  I will never buy the bred in the shop again.
This is the main ingredients you will need:


5 cups ( 700 g )           Flour “00” or white bread flour
1,5  Tbsp.                       Sugar
1, 1/2 tsp.                       Salt
2  Tbsp.( 14 g )              Dry yeast
1, 1/2 Tbsp.                   Olive oil
2 cups (420 ml)           Warm water

1. Mix all dry ingredients with wooden spoon.

2. Add oil and the water

3. mix for about 1 min and check for the consistency ot the dough. The dough should be very sticky

4. After take it all out on the working surface.

5.And at this point start knead dough until it has a smooth even consistency ( it’s will take you 5-8 min)

6. Divide dough into 2 pieces

7. Shape loaves into desired shapes and place on baking paper

8. Cover with a large dish towel and let rise for 25 minutes

9. Preheat the oven to 180 C ( 350 degrees Farenheit)

10. When oven getting ready, use a sharp knife to make several slashes in the top

11. Cover again with a towel for about 5 min

12. Before to put in the oven spread it with the little bit of milk

13. Now Bake loaves for 25 minutes,or until they are golden brown.

After 25 min take it out and enjoy the delicious smell and taste of bread what you make less than an  hour.                    



 

Yes, Yes it’s A Christmas post!

Spring is in the air, but before we start enjoy it, I want to remind you about winter … Hahaha, I want to be a little cheeky and tell my story when it’s all past and quite, and I can have all attention to me.
My favorite thing about Italians is that they like and they keep their traditions. Family is very important for Italian people and Christmas celebration is a good reason for the familys’ reunion.
Day before Christmas, by the tradition, on the table will be only fish meals, nobody eat meat.
                                             Spaghetti with fish ragu.                                      Cuttlefish with peas  – Seppie con piselli                                        Tuna patties-Polpettine di  Tonno                                 Mussels with bread crumbs-Cozze Gratinate                                                 Roast Monkfish with Potatoes However,Christmas day is opposite,- table is covered with the tasty meat meals.
                              Cappelletti in Broth  -Cappelletti in Brodo                                              Roast Potatoes-Patate Arrosto                                             Roast Rabbit-ConiglioArrosto                                               Roast Chiken-Pollo Arrosto                                        Chocolate cake-Torta al Cioccolato And most important is that Italians like good quality food, so all the recipes made from scratch and homemade.