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. Meatballs Cortinese Style
These Cortinese style meatballs use parsley and fresh breadcrumbs to give them their authentic Italian flavor. They are quick and easy to make, absolutely delicious, and just like grandma would have made. Join Joanne Cooke, as she takes you on a journey through the cicchetti of Venice, in this Grokker Premium Video.
3. 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.
4. Ham & Cheese Crocche
These deliciouspotato 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.
5. 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.
6. Ricotta Gnocchi with Blue Cheese Fonduta
This beautiful "soft as a pillow" Gnocchi is a very rustic Italian favorite. Wine Chef Eric Lee shows how to get it fluffy and perfect while adding incredible flavors of brussels sprout, leek, butternut squash, and ricotta. Topped with an Italian blue cheese recipe called Fonduta. Watch all of the Grokker Premium videos in the Winter Wine Country collection.
7. 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.
8. 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.