Bites

10 Italian Bites Recipes

Drew Glover • March 17, 2015
Did you know that Italian pasta varieties all originated in different villages in medieval Italy? Through the ages Italians have retained a sense of localism in their dishes that is all about food fresh out of the earth, off the tree, and from the farm.Learn How To Make Irish Soda Bread
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1. Learn How To Make Irish Soda Bread
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Irish Soda Bread has a rough golden brown crispy crust with a dense yet tender, slightly moist interior. It is perfect whether sliced and slathered with butter and jam or served alongside a hot bowl of soup or stew. Leftovers make wonderful toast.
2. Easy Frito Misto
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This simple and easy Italian appetizer is perfect for entertaining guests or just to enjoy with your family.
3. Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
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This authentic Italian dish has a luscious buttery flavor and light texture. These ricotta and spinach filled ravioli are typical of the Emilio Romana area of Northern Italy, and are a real crowd pleaser. You can buy ready made ravioli wrappers at your local market to prepare this dish or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can easily learn to make the pasta used to create these ravioli from scratch, by watching one of our Premium Grokker videos on ravioli pasta making like Chefs Sage & John's Butternut Squash Ravioli video or Chef Staffan Terje's Agnolotti Del Plin video. So tune in to this Grokker Premium video and see how to prepare these delightful pillows stuffed with spinach and cheese, and you'll learn some insightful new techniques from Chef Stefano Borella that will be very useful in your kitchen.
4. Sea Bream Crudo
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Love sushi? Then you should try Italian crudo, a raw fish antipasto, appetizer or salad. Chef Joanne Cooke show you how to make crudo in this Grokker Premium video, and in her signature style presents a colorful plate of sea bream, pink grapefruit, spinach and olive oil.
5. Butternut Squash Ravioli
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Start cooking Italian with this recipe for "Ravioli di Zucca", a homemade Ravioli with a filling of butternut squash and biscotti. This Northern Italian recipe is popular at Christmas and delicious all year round. Culinary Instructors John and Sage share their recipe and tips for homemade Ravioli.
6. Sicilian Rolled Sardines
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To give the dish it's true Sicilian name "Sarde a beccafico" is a savoury and sweet fish dish that can trace its origins all the way to the start of the second millenium. The freshest sardines are stuffed with a moreish mixture of breadcrumbs, sweet raisins and freshened with a blend of spices that balance off the saltiness of the fish and make this dish an attractive party piece. Join Joanne Cooke in this Grokker Premium video as she shows you the simple steps to recreate this dish in your own home and be sure to check out more of her Sicilian seafood collection.
7. Ham & Cheese Crocche
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These delicious potato croquettes or crocche di patate are stuffed with a smokey cheese and ham filling and make the perfect snack or finger food for a party. Watch Stefano Borella in this Grokker Premium video as he shares some of his favorite recipes from Italy's Amalfi Coast.
8. Radish Salad with Truffle Oil and Pecorino Cheese
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This wonderful, fresh radish salad with truffle oil is perfect to serve on a cold winter's evening. It is incredibly healthy, deliciously peppery, and great for a vegetarian guest. Join Chef Joanne Cooke, as she introduces you to this "Cicchetti" or side dish from Venice, in this Grokker Premium Video.
9. Venetian Sole in Agrodolce Sauce
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This traditional Venetian sole in agrodolce, is often eaten at the Redentore festival during summer. The sweetness of the sultanas and the onions is the perfect counter point to the sourness of the white wine vinegar, and the tender flesh of the fish, making this perfect for any summer meal. Join Chef Joanne Cooke, as she introduces you to this "Cicchetti" or side dish from Venice, in this Grokker Premium Video.
10. Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad
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Panzanella is a popular Tuscan tomato and bread salad. In this Grokker Premium video chef Staffan Terje demonstrates his interpretation of this Italian summer-time favorite using heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh basil, chili peppers, bread toasted with olive oil and rubbed with garlic, and sun cured olives from Sicily. Give this elegant yet simple salad a try and let us know in the comments section what you think.
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