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lunedì 18 novembre 2013

December 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Dicembre 2014

Treviso Radicchio and Bacon Wraps

4 servings
  • 1 bunch Treviso radicchio
  • 8 slices streaky bacon or proscuitto
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Cut Treviso radicchio into four, lengthways.
Wrap each quarter with 2 slices bacon or proscuitto, securing with a toothpick. 
Cook in a non-stick frying pan until the bacon is crisp and the radicchio wilted, between 3 and 5 minutes.
Add tbsp balsamic vinegar, remove from heat and serve.

Source: http://www.perfection.com.au

November 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Novembre 2014


8 servings

  • 12 egg yolks
  • 2.2 lb mascarpone cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • Ladyfingers (as many as needed)
  • Sweetened coffee (as much as needed)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder


Beat the 12 egg yolks and the sugar to a foam, then add the mascarpone and blend until a soft, uniform cream forms.
Place a layer of ladyfingers soaked in sweetened coffee in a Pyrex dish. Spread half of the cream mixture on top.
Add another layer of ladyfingers soaked in coffee and spread the remaining cream on top.
Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder and chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Source: http://tiramisustory.com

October 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Ottobre 2014

Risotto all'Amarone

4 servings
  • 320 g vialone nano (dwarf) igp rice
  • 60 g grana padano cheese or seasoned Monte Veronese cheese (grated or in flakes)
  • 100 g onion
  • 40 g ofbutter 
  • 35 g beef marrow or 50 g of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lt. of beef stock
  • 1/2 a bottle of Amarone della Valpolicella Doc wine

Warm the Amarone separately. Allow the finely chopped onion to dry in a casserole with 20 gr. of butter. Add the marrow and cook on a low flame for about 6 minutes. Add rice, toasting it on a low flame for several minutes (while continuously stirring). Slowly add a half of the Amarone which you had warmed. Continue cooking, without stopping mixing with a wooden ladle, adding the hot broth a little at a time as and when the cooking calls for it. When the cooking is at a good point, slowly add the remainder of the Amarone wine. At the end, whisk the risotto with 20 gr. of butter and 60 gr. of grana padano cheese. Allow to rest for a few minutes, and then serve. For a special table presentation, we advise you to serve the risotto inside a 'wafer' of grana cheese shaped like a basket. To prepare it, proceed as follows: melt 100 gr. of grated grana cheese in a heated non-stick pan. Using a flat wooden spoon, lift the sheet that forms and place it on the plate, modelling it into a basket where the rice will be served. Accompany it with a Valpolicella Classico.

Source: http://www.veronapartments.it

September 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Settembre 2014

Zaeti - Cornmeal Cookies

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus a little more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup tipo 00 flour or cake flour
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and kept hot
  • 1/4 cup raisins, rehydrated in warm red wine
  • Serving suggestion: wine for dipping or fruit jam


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the yolks and sugar and whisk well until the mixture is yellow and creamy, about 1 minute.
In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Briefly stir in the butter, then fold in the egg yolk mixture and raisins until the dough just comes together. Put the dough out onto a floured board briefly knead to form a rectangle, do not overwork the dough or it will get tough. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick and cut it into 2-inch diamonds. Butter a cookie sheet and place the cookies on the sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com

August 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Agosto 2014

Italian Aperol Spritz

1 serving
  • Ice Cubes (approximately 3 or 4 ice cubes)
  • 2 to 3 ounces Prosecco or any sparkling wine
  • 1 1/2 ounces Aperol*
  • Splash of soda water, sparkling water, mineral water, or Club Soda
  • Orange wedge or slice
  • Green Olive (optional)


Fill a glass (highball glass or white wine glass) 1/4 full with ice cubes (you want to chill the drink and not water it down). Pour in the Prosecco and then top with Aperol. Add the soda water. Stir gently until mixed.

Garnish with an orange slice (either add slice of orange, twisting to release some juice and placing in the glass or simply use orange slice as garnish). Some add a green olive (your choice).

Source: http://whatscookingamerica.net

Spritz Aperol

Per 1 persona
  • 2 parti di Aperol,
  • 3 parti di prosecco,
  • Spruzzo di seltz o soda
  • Ghiaccio
  • Mezza fettina d’arancia


Partiamo dal bicchiere, può essere un rock ma anche un calice da vino, meglio se grande. Il bicchiere va riempito con ghiaccio; non un paio di cubetti, ma tanto tantissimo ghiaccio, infatti più ghiaccio utilizzerete più a lungo il vostro spritz resterà freddo e dal gusto inalterato.
Versate il prosecco, spruzzate la soda e, su tutto, due giri di Aperol.
Attenti! E’ importante che l’Aperol venga aggiunto alla fine così che non rimanga depositato al fondo.
Il vero spritz, infatti, non andrebbe mai mescolato alla fine…a meno che voi non vogliate uno spritz senza bollicine!
Quindi…ricordate! L’ordine giusto, a partire dal fondo, è Prosecco D.O.C. + Soda + Aperol.
Facile no? Proprio come bere uno spritz!
P.S. Non dimenticate la fettina d’arancia!

Fonte: http://www.aperolspritz.it

Bellini Cocktail

2 servings
  • 8 oz Prosecco or dry sparkling wine
  • 4 oz Pureed peach (about 2 peaches)
  • 4 oz Pureed raspberry (about 1 cup raspberries)
  • 2 dashes grenadine


Pour 2 ounces of peach puree at the bottom of each champagne flute.
Pour 2 ounces of raspberry puree on top and a dash of grenadine.
Gently pour Prosecco to fill each glass.
Gently stir to combine.
For additional sweetness, rim glass with sugar prior to making the cocktail or garnish with raspberries on the rim.

Source: http://www.marcussamuelsson.com

July 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Luglio 2014

Bigoli in salsa -  Noodles with Anchovy Sauce

4 servings

For Bigoli noodles:

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour, plus a little more for bench flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm milk, with 2 tablespoons butter melted in

For the anchovy sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 salted anchovies, filleted and soaked in milk for 2 hours
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 bunches Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/2 cup

To make the dough: Make a mound of the flour in the center of a large wooden cutting board. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the eggs and milk mixture. Using a fork, beat together the eggs and milk mixture and begin to incorporate the flour starting with the inner rim of the well.
As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape. Do not worry that this initial phase looks messy. The dough will come together when half of the flour is incorporated.
Start kneading the dough with both hands, using the palms of your hands. Once you have a cohesive mass, remove the dough from the board and scrape up any leftover crusty bits. Discard these bits. Lightly flour the board and continue kneading for 3 more minutes. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Continue to knead for another 3 minutes, remembering to dust your board when necessary. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.

To shape the Bigoli: Knead dough until smooth and tight, and let rest 20 minutes. Note: Do not skip the kneading or resting portion of this recipe. They are essential for a light pasta. Cut the dough into 6 pieces, and run each piece through a meat grinder set to the smallest extrusion size. As the pasta exits, cut it into 12-inch pieces and immediately dust with flour. Lay out onto a cookie sheet dusted with cornmeal, being careful to keep the strands separate. Finish all 6 pieces the same way.

Bring 6 quarts water to boil and add 2 tablespoons salt.
Place the noodles in boiling water, and allow 8 to 9 minutes to cook. 

In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, place the oil, anchovies, and onion over medium heat and cook. Stir often to break up the anchovies until a paste is formed, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss into the pan. Add the parsley, toss over high heat 1 minute and place on a plate. Serve immediately.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com

June 2014 recipe - Ricetta di Giugno 2014

Risi e Bisi, Italian Rice and Peas

4 servings
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 pound diced prosciutto or other dry ham
  • 1 cup Arborio or other risotto rice
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 or more cups water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add the shallots and stir to combine. Let these sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat up the stock and 1 cup of water in a small pot. You want this at a simmer while you make the rice.

Add the garlic and the diced prosciutto to the pot with the shallots, stir well and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Pour in the rice, stir again and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Ladle some of the hot stock into the pot and start stirring. Risi e bisi is cooked like risotto, and is supposed to be pretty soupy, so you need a lot of water and you need to stir it constantly. Let this first ladle of stock cook down before you add the next. Keep adding stock, letting it cook down and stirring until you’re done with the simmering stock. It is likely that you may need at least one more cup of water to finish the dish, because all that stirring in an open pot means you evaporate more liquid than you would when you cook rice the normal way, i.e., covered. If you think you are going to need more water, add more to the simmering stock.

When you get to this last cup of water, add the peas. Keep stirring until the water has almost cooked away. Taste some rice and test for salt and doneness: Add a little salt and some more hot tap water if the rice is still crunchy – you want the rice to be a little al dente, but not so much you’re gnawing on raw grain.

Add the parsley and the parmesan and mix well. Your finished rice should be slightly soupy, so it’s OK to add a tad more water before serving.

Source: http://www.simplyrecipes.com