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. 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.
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. 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!