Earlier this morning, Vittorio, not to get confused with my personal trainer Continue reading
A couple days ago, I had a “date” with Vittorio yet again. This time he showed me how he makes Salsa di Pomodoro also known as Tomato sauce or even Marinara sauce.
There are so many different variations as to how to make the classic tomato sauce, and perhaps it varies from family to family or region to region. Continue reading
I think many of you have heard of me talking about my neighbor, Vittorio, who is a single father of two beautiful young ladies. He has a rather large country home with a lovely veggie garden. By day he is a bus driver for the city of Treviso. I keep telling him he should write a cookbook but he’s a simple man and thinks my ideas are silly. Haha!
Bruschetta pronounced “Brusketta” is without a doubt one of the most popular Italian dishes throughout the world. It’s usually considered to be an antipasto “appetizer” but you can even have it as a main course like I did last night.
I had one of those BIG Italian lunches yesterday and wanted something light for dinner, so my husband Marco made Bruschetta for us. Such a treat marrying an Italian man who can cook!
Marco is the Chef at home! Not I.. It’s quite the contrary in most Italian homes.. Usually the wife or mamma is the one who prepares and cooks all of the meals for the family.. Well, I got lucky. What can I say? And just to let you all know, all of the dishes on Inspired in Italy, have been made by Marco.
Marco is currently working on his first cookbook as I type. So, stay tuned for that! I am quite excited about it.
Ok, so I took some photos and videos on how to make Bruschetta.
Lets get started..
What you’ll need :
Tomatoes ~ We used Cherry tomatoes and you can use as much as you’d like..
Bread ~ We used a type of bread from Puglia, but if you can’t find, you can use a french baguette or an Italian bread.
Fresh Basil ~ DON’T use dried herbs!! You won’t get the same taste or flavor. How much you want to add is totally up to you.
Garlic ~ We used 3 gloves of garlic. The garlic is only used to rub on the toasted bread.
Salt, Pepper, AND Olive oil to taste.
We used this Olive Oil from Puglia and it was amazingly good! And guess what, they ship worldwide! So, if you’d like to purchase a bottle and are not in Italy, don’t worry, you can get it at your doorstep without a problem. I highly recommend that you do. Nothing beats Olive Oil from Puglia.
Ok, so I took a video of Marco making the bruschetta BUT I can’t figure out how to post it on here. Perhaps, I need to upgrade my site.. So for now, I will post the video on Inspired in Italy. So please go and check it out!
Once you take the toasted bread out of the oven, you’ll need to rub the garlic on the bread. And afterwards, you can put your tomato/basil mixture on top of the bread. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf for decoration.
The video I filmed explains all of it, so please be sure to check the link out above.
Buon Appetito a tutti 🙂
Usually once a week we have a BIG, Italian dinner with my in laws. This past week, Luca and I went to my mother in laws house earlier than expected and it just so happened that I was able to watch her prepare her famous rabbit dish..
Now. if you aren’t fond of rabbit ( like me) you can also use the same base of the recipe and just add a different meat, like chicken. Make sure you use chicken with the bone in.
If you aren’t aware of how Italians cook, let me tell ya. They do NOT measure anything. So this will be more of a step by step photo recipe..
My mother in law Silvana buys all of her meat from a local neighborhood farmer who raises the animals which include Chicken, Galina ( which is female chicken) and Rabbit.. Early in the morning he kills the animals and then he will make his rounds early in the morning throughout the neighborhood.. I’ve met him once.. He’s an interesting fellow, in his early 80’s probably. He keeps the meat of the day in the back of his car.. The chickens, female chickens and rabbits come in one piece, so it’s your job or responsibility to “butcher” the animal.
Ok, so lets get to the recipe :
Step 1 :
Add some Olive oil in the pan with a few cloves of garlic.
Remember to put the stove on medium to high heat
Step 2 : Place the rabbit ( in this case) or chicken in the pan
Step 3 : After 3-4 minutes turn Rabbit over to brown on the other side.
Step 4 : Add Salt and Pepper to taste
Step 5 : Add 1 cup of white wine ( not red wine because red will change the color of the meat) and also add water. Remember to keep the heat on medium to high.
Depending on how much meat you are making.. Here, Nonna added 2 twigs of rosemary.
Continue to let boil.
Step 7: Add fresh sage! AND add more water if you see that most of it has soaked up.
Step 8 : Cover and continue to let boil on Medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes. Check occasionally to make sure there is always water in the pan.. If you would like you can also add more Olive oil. It is really your preference.
So you see in less than 9 steps you too can make Italian style Rabbit..
You can see also in the above photo that Nonna added a couple roasted bell peppers to the dish.. If you have you can add but if you don’t don’t worry about it..
So what you’ll need for this particular dish :
Rabbit or any bone in meat
White wine ( 1 cup)
Fresh Rosemary and Fresh Sage
Salt and Pepper
Here is a great photo of Nonna with her son ( Chef Marco )