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.Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Crostini
1. Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Crostini
Having dinner guests this weekend? Try this quick and easyshrimp scampi recipe and wow your guests. It's the perfect communal dish served with crostini.
2. Italian Lemon Drop Cookies
This easy to make Italian Lemon Drop Cookies are sweet and zesty to taste!
3. Chianti-Braised Short Ribs with Gremolata
Incredibly easy to prepare, the key is the Italian red wine that adds depth of flavor to this simply satisfying beef recipe. By marinating the short ribs over night and then slowly cooking over a low flame with fresh vegetables, the result is succulent meat that literally falls off the bone. Topped with Italian Gremolata, meyer lemon, and Parmigiano Reggiano, this inspired dish from Wine Country Chef Eric Lee will please and impress. For more Grokker Premium videos from Chef Eric, check out his Profile page.
4. Modern Pork Ragu
A modern take on an Italian classic with his recipe for Pork Ragu with bitter chicory leaves and fresh oregano in this Grokker Premium video of Chef Josh Posner. This easy meal can be served with pasta or on its own, and the slow cooked meat is a great way to use parsley stalks. Chef Josh serves up his dish with chicory (endive), lemon zest, and fresh oregano leaves for a delicate and aromatic plate.
5. Butternut Squash Ravioli
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
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. Homemade Italian Seafood Risotto with Cream Sauce
This risotto recipe is wonderful as a "primo piatto" - the first plate on an Italian table. There are so many variations you can do with risotto, from spicy Spanish flavors to "Arancini" the popular sweet food of Sicily. This recipe starts with a lobster based fish stock, and adds sautéed onions, arborio rice, and white wine, simmering for about thirty to forty minutes. Chef Joanne Cooke pairs a lemon cream tarragon sauce to accent the naturally nutty flavors of the perfect risotto in this Grokker Premium video. Also see Chef Joanne Cooke's Profile page for her Lobster Stock video to use as the base for this risotto.
8. Squash Ravioli With Brown Butter Sage Sauce
If you thought ravioli was way too complicated to make yourself...we're here to prove you wrong! Try this amazing recipe for squash ravioli smothered in a golden brown butter sauce and sage. This really is one of those comforting, warm your soul kind of dishes that's just too good not to try!
9. Italian Feast Menu: Family Recipe Ideas
Foodie paradise!1.) Vodka Grapefruit Fizz - 2:222.) Antipasto Skewers - 4:383.) Parmesan Breaded Chicken With Tomato, Basil Topping - 7:284.) Lemon Feta Orzo - 12:135.) Roasted Rosemary Veggies - 14:276) Espresso Sundaes - 17:537) Pre-Party Prep (The Game Plan) - 20:58If you're looking to throw an Italian themed dinner party for your friends, this is the menu for you! and if you have kids coming over, no more preparing 2 separate meals for the parents and kids. Each of these dishes can be adjusted slightly so that the kids will eat them too. This family friendly Italian feast is easy to prepare and bursting with vibrant colors and fresh flavors. Enjoy!
10. Chicken Piccata
Chef Jason Hill makes Chicken piccata with capers. Serve this easylemon chicken piccata with pasta such as fettucine for the ultimate weeknight meal. The chicken piccata sauce gets its piquant flavor from Meyer lemons and capers. To spruce it up even more, consider adding sauteed mushrooms and steamed artichoke hearts.