Frittata ai carciofi (Artichoke Frittata)

Frankantipasti, piatti unici, primi piatti, Spring6 Comments

Artichoke Frittata

The frittata is one of those categories of dishes, like risotto, where the main ingredient, in this case egg, can act as a foil to an almost infinite variety of flavors, being it meat, fish or vegetable. So by learning a single technique, you open up a whole new culinary … Read More

Carciofi alla romana (Roman-Style Artichokes)

Frankantipasti, Lazio, Spring28 Comments

Carciofi alla romana

Dear readers, I am back from my travels, at my blogging post just in time for the first day of Spring. Artichokes are back in season! And is there any vegetable more typical of Roman cooking, perhaps of all Italian cuisine, than the artichoke? What better way to get back … Read More

Frittura di verdure miste (Italian Fried Vegetables)

Frankantipasti, Campania, piatti unici15 Comments

Nana's Italian Fried Vegetables

I was feeling sort of nostalgic today for the Italian fried vegetables my grandmother used to make. They were almost always the start of our family’s six-hour Sunday dinners, laid out (along with a big wedge of provolone) on the table to pick on as we played cards and waited for … Read More

Carpaccio di salmone affumicato (Smoked Salmon Carpaccio)

Frankantipasti, Veneto14 Comments

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

Here’s an elegant yet very quick and easy starter that suits just about any menu: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio, thin slices of smoked salmon, dressed simply with oil and lemon. Ingredients Serves 4-6 500g (1 lb) smoked salmon, thinly sliced Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon A few sprigs of fresh parsley, … Read More

Mock «puntarelle» alla romana

Frankantipasti, contorno, Lazio8 Comments

Puntarelle

One of the dishes I miss most from my Roman days is the winter salad known as puntarelle,  a kind of chicory native to the countryside around Rome. In fact, the vegetable is sometimes called “Roman chicory” in English. The shoots are rather thick but tender, white at the base and green … Read More

Moules au curry (Curried Steamed Mussels)

Frankantipasti, piatti unici3 Comments

Moules au curry (Curried Steamed Mussels)

Here’s a wonderfully rich but yet light supper dish— Curried Steamed Mussels —from Belgium, the world capital of mussel dishes. With a crusty baguette to sop up the delicious sauce, you have a one-way ticket to culinary nirvana. Ingredients Serves 4-6 2 kilos (4 lbs) mussels 4 shallots, peeled and finely minced … Read More

Prosciutto e fichi (Prosciutto Wrapped Figs)

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Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

Everyone these days knows about pairing prosciutto with melon but few people seem to know about another, to my mind even more delicious, pairing: Prosciutto Wrapped Figs. Personally, I find that the richer flavor and softer texture of figs marries even better with the saltiness of cured ham. If you … Read More

Quick Note: Salade frisée à l’anchoiade

Frankantipasti, Fall, Winter2 Comments

One of my favorite cold weather salads back in Rome were puntarelle, a kind of chicory typically dressed with a kind of garlic and anchovy vinaigrette. Fond memories…! This salad is a more refined French cousin, fit for elegant dinners but rustic enough for an everyday dinner. It makes a … Read More

How to Roast a Pepper

Frankantipasti, reference3 Comments

A quick note today on the method for roasting peppers. And a very common—and very savory—antipasto: roasted peppers with anchovies. How to roast a pepper The lusty, smoky flavor of home-roasted peppers more than justifies the minimal effort required to make them. You begin by charring whole peppers over a … Read More

Salade frisée aux lardons (Frisée Salad with Bacon)

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This rustic salad was one of my favorite starters when I lived in Paris. It is sheer simplicity to make: just brown some lardons slowly in a bit of oil (I like olive oil) until they have rendered their fat and are lightly crisp. While the lardons are browning, rub … Read More

Whitefish brandade

Frankantipasti, snack2 Comments

  Salt cod can be hard to find. It takes some considerable time to prepare and, plus, codfish stocks are dangerously depleted. So what is a brandade maven like myself to do? Well, I recently “invented” a new dish by using smoked whitefish–something you can fish in almost any grocery … Read More

Peperoni ripieni di tonno (Tuna Stuffed Peppers)

Frankantipasti, Lazio4 Comments

Tuna Stuffed Peppers

There are so many different ways to stuff a pepper. Here’s one, Tuna Stuffed Peppers, that I particularly like. Stuffed peppers are commonly used as an antipasto or part of a buffet. But, to my mind, they are substantial enough to serve as a secondo. In fact, last night they were … Read More

Angelina’s Pizza Casareccia (Homestyle Pizza)

Frankantipasti, Campania, primi piatti, snack9 Comments

Pizza casereccia (Homemade Pizza)

  A perfectly round, thin-crusted pizza of the kind you can eat in the best pizzerie is a hard thing to make at home. It takes practice and talent to be a first-rate pizzaiolo, or pizza-maker. (I know because I’m trying to master the art!) But there is a simpler … Read More

Insalata Caprese

Frankantipasti, Campania5 Comments

Insalata caprese

It’s a warm, wonderful Summer-like day, and I didn’t feel like doing any ‘real’ cooking (yes, even I feel lazy about cooking sometimes) so I just threw together—almost literally—this typical summertime salad of tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil that we’re all familiar with. This is a ‘composed’ salad like the … Read More

Fagioli e tonno (Tunafish Bean Salad)

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Fagioli e tonno

Fagioli e tonno, or Tuna Bean Salad, is just about as simple a dish as you can make. If you can open a can, you can can make this salad! And it’s easy to double or treble the recipe if you’re expecting more dinner guests, or you just feel extra-hungry. … Read More