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Italian Food Second Course

Italian Lemon Basil Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll have the whole family saying, easy peasy lemon squeezy, with this Italian lemon basil chicken recipe!  Yes, we’re not exaggerating it is one of the easiest chicken recipes out there and does not lack in Italian flavour.  A great meal to put on the table any time of year and for the middle of the week when you need a little pick me up with a light and bright dish that’s quick to cook. 

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Dessert Italian Food

Mini Coconut & Berry Bundt Cakes

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Roses are red, Violets are blue, Will you make a bundt cake just for us two? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner or as we say here in Italy San Valentino. This delightful berry and coconut treat can be served as an afternoon sweet snack or a light mono portion dessert.  What’s great about this recipe is that you can even feel good about yourself eating it!  It is free of any dairy products with the substitution of coconut milk and vegetable oil instead. This dolce will have you falling in love with it’s fluffy sponge like cake and perfect balance of sweet berries and exotic coconut flavours and best of all home-made-ness. A perfect match for the whole family to enjoy together! 

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First Course Italian Food

Colourful and Creamy Shrimp Risotto

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When the weather becomes cold and everything seems grey outside it isn’t always easy to stay motivated with your healthy.  Sometimes a warm and gooey comfort food dish makes everything just right!

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Dessert Italian Food

Gelato Panettone Cake

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What is better than panettone, chocolate and gelato? Gelato Panettone Cake! This is the dolce recipe of all dessert recipes for your holiday get together or even a fun recipe to make with the kids!

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Italian Food Second Course

Veal Roll Up

Looking for a delicious meat dish for a dinner party or just a quick solution to your week night menu – this recipe is for you. Veal, prosciutto and parmesan sure tastes like Italy and it all put together will leave you licking your fingers.  We promise this dish is a no brainer to make at home!

Difficulty :  Medium    Prep Time : 15 minutes   Cook Time : 1 hour

Ingredients

Veal

Spinach

Olive oil

Garlic Clove

Prosciutto Cotto

Parmesan

Bread crumbs

Salt / Pepper

Carrot

Celery

White wine

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Instructions

  1. Cook spianch in a frying pan with olive oil and garlic and salt.  Once spinach is cooked, remove from frying pan and drain excess water.  Then place spinach back in frying pan and toss on low heat for about 2 minutes with 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Lay out veal and salt and pepper all sides.  Add a layer of spinach, then a layer of 2-3 prosciutto slices, bread crumbs and the last layer grated parmesan cheese to your pleasing.
  3. Roll up with veal and secure it with cooking thread or toothpicks.
  4. In a large frying pan heat up olive oil and add the carrot and celery finely diced.  Add veal roll up to frying pan and cut on each side for about 2 minute.  Once all sides have been browned add half a glass of white wine, place heat on high and let the meat cook until most of the wine is evaporated. Then place the heat on low and let cook for 40 minutes, occasionally turning.
  5. Serve hot, and with it’s cooking juices and a nice glass of Italian wine! We recommend a nice red wine from the Northern Italian region like Nebbiolo, or Barolo.

Eat Bene!

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Appetizer Italian Food

Pumpkin Armaretti and Parmesan Bowl

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This is a scrumptious aperitivo Italian “dip”.  There a nice touch of sweet and salty coming from the armaretto cookies, grated paremsan, bread crumbs and pumpkin. This appetizer dish is a lovely touch as indiviual size portions with small pumpkins, or even as, a center piece dish where guests can all dive in together and greet one another with holiday cheer.  The pumpkin will be a familiar smell with a sensation of Italy all over it, from the first bite of pumpkin and parmesan to finish off with a sweeter side of armaretto.  A glass of processo for a “brindirsi” – cheers –  is a perfect pairing for this inviting appetizer. This is a winner for your holiday entertaining if you’re looking for something quick and elegant presentation with of course that touch of Italian we all know and love!

PUMPKIN ARMARETTO PARMESAN BOWL

Difficulty : Easy  Prep Time : 15 minutes  Cook Time : 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 large pumpkin (or smaller individual size number depending on dinner guests)

1 cup bread crumbs

1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup crushed armaretto cookies

2 eggs

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions :

  1. Cut open the pumpkin and remove the insides – the seeds you can save to roast with olive oil, sea salt, and rosmary.  Drizzle olive oil inside the pumpkin and sea salt and wrap with aluminium foil.  Cook in oven for 25/30 minutes at 300F / 180C.
  2. While the pumpkin cooks in the oven, in a frying pan on medium heat brown the bread crumbs in the rest of the olive oil – 3 tablespoons – adding first the armaretto cookies, eggs and last the parmesan.
  3. Mix the bread crumb mix together over the heat for about 6 minutes, making sure the mixture becomes creamy from the cheese added.  If needed add a tablespoon more of olive and a 1/2 a cup more of parmesan cheese if you notice the mixture is not creamy enough.
  4. Take the pumpkin out of the oven and fill it with the bread crumb mixture.  Place the top of the pumpkin back on to cover the mixture inside the pumpkin and place in the oven for another 40 minutes until pumpkin has soften.
  5. Remove pumpkin from oven.  With a fork gently around the pumpkin so the cooked pumpkin breaks off the outer part to mix into the bread crumb mixture, serve warm.

Eat Bene! 

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Italian Cooking 101 Italian Food

Italian Cooking 101: Fiori di Zucca

Zucchini blossoms can be prepared fried, stuffed or as an ingredient for a delicate first course. These zucchini blossoms are delicious and colorful, giving an extra touch to every dish.

This fragile vegetable is the most known and appreciated edible flowers. They grow on both zucchinis and pumpkins, and are characterized by their yellow and orange petals and their large pistils found inside their playful petals. When going to cook these blossoms, don’t be afraid to fry or stuff them and serve as appetizers, or delicately cook them to add to a frittata or salty pies. 

Now these vegetables are fun to pick at the market like a real bouquet of flowers! Here are some tips on how to be well prepared when going to the market to pick the perfect zucchini blossoms.

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Dessert Italian Food

Pie di Mirtilli

Mirtilli, better known as blueberries in English, are considered the super fruit of all fruits that easily takes us back to our summertime childhood memories of picnics, or outdoor bbqs .  You may be surprised but even in Italy, yes Italians too, have a fond childhood memories of blueberry pie – pie di miritlli.   It is a simple dessert, rich in taste, positive health benefits, and extremely appealing to the eye.

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First Course Italian Food

Mussels & Zucchini Cream

Really simple, fresh and colorful plate for a quick week night dinner or a first course dish to serve at a dinner party. The zucchini and parsley perfectly balance the mussel.

 

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Dessert Italian Cooking 101

Tiramisu 101

What isn’t to love about tiramisù?  Coffee, Cookies, Mascarpone and Sugar… che buono! It is without a doubt one of the top comfort foods from Italy and a dessert that is seen on menus and tables from the north to the south and everywhere in between.  This recipe is said to come from the regions of Veneto, Piedmont, and Tuscany who have the most traditional and classic version of the beloved dolce.  For many of you who are an espresso lover, this dessert is for you! And you can be certain that serving this will always leave guests impressed!  What they may not know is just how easy tiramisu preparation is, and you’ll be wanting to keep it your secret to impress the next group alla Italiana!

Note: You may not have an Italian moka – espresso maker for stove tops – but as an alternative you can buy Illy or Lavazza ground coffee and make it in your coffee maker just ristretto with less water than usual. Tiramisu Collage

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Italian Food

Chicken Strips al Peperoncino & Zenzero

An Italian version of chicken strips with a kick of peperoncino (chili pepper), a delicate touch of zenzero (ginger), and a dusting of prezzemolo (parsley). May be served as an appetizer or second course.

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Italian Food

Garlic Dip & Crostini

Garlic.  It can be an ingredient that many tend to stir away from when planning a dinner party.  But, yes or SI, you can serve garlic to guests with this delicate, little dollop of an appetizer.  A suggestion for this recipe is to serve it in an individual portion to avoid from over doing on the strong flavors and get enough to eat one or two crostini.  This ideally is used as an appetizer for a cocktail party or as a first appetizer, with additional appetizers or first courses to follow.  An Italian dip to stimulate your dinner or menu to begin!