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.Sweet Corn Polenta with Ratatouille by Staffan Terje
1. Sweet Corn Polenta with Ratatouille
Need a summer stew that is fresh and simple? This French style ratatouille dish made with fresh corn polenta, squash, eggplants, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and raisins is just perfet! Chef Staffan Terje shares his take on a classic dish in this Grokker Premium video.
2. Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad
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.
3. Venetian Sole in Agrodolce Sauce
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.
4. How to Make Baked Penne with Italian Sausage
Watch how to make a quick-and-easy baked pasta with Italian sausage in a rich tomato sauce. This cheesy baked casserole is always a crowd-pleaser.
5. The Best Meat Lasagna
Homemade Italian Lasagna Bolognese is the perfect Italian comfort food for Sunday dinner. It feeds a crowd, can be made in advance and is really one of the most delicious combinations of a delicious homemade bolognese or marinara sauce and pasta. Lasagna (also spelled Lasagne), is literally a meal all by itself. But no Italian dinner would be complete without all of the trimmings of an antipasto, delicious salads, wine and family and friends. Enjoy it anyway you like, but please, make your own. You'll be so glad you did.
6. Michael Symon's Mom's Lasagna
Delicious recipe handed down to Chef Michael Symon that you have to try now! It's a classic lasagna with the heart and soul of Michael Symon's mother.
7. Olive Garden Lasagna Classico
Ultra-comforting, and packed with layers of meat sauce, cheese, and tender noodles, Olive Garden's Lasagna Classico is one of their bestselling menu items (and for good reason). Learn how to make this surprisingly easy dish at home, and bring a taste of Italian-American fare to your table. Gooey, gratifying, and fit to feed a crowd, it's a must-make for large dinner parties for extra ease make it ahead of time and reheat it or to keep on hand for leftovers throughout the week.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.