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.Winter Veggie Soup by Staffan Terje
1. Vegetarian Italian Winter Soup
When it's rainy and cold in the winter, what's more warming then a hearty soup? In this Grokker Premium video, chef Staffan Terje shares his favorite winter vegetable soup with plenty of root vegetables and a few secret ingredients that add a savory (yet vegetarian) touch to the soup: miso paste and Parmesan rind. Soak your beans and get cooking!
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Italian Honey-Baked Salmon With Pistachio Topping
This healthy and easy dish draws upon many important and traditional ingredients of Sicily. Chef Joanne Cooke shares her recipe for baked salmon with honey, orange, breadcrumb and pistachio topping in this Grokker Premium video. While simple to cook, a large salmon filet looks impressive on a platter and feeds a large family or many guests. Chef Joanne suggests pairing this dish with a couscous for a full meal.