unique feature of foods in Italy is simplicity. Italian Recipes are great with just a few ingredients: tomatoes, oil, bread and wine, to name a few. Quality of ingredients such as mozzarella and tomatoes is what makes the difference. This is why the most simple dishes are delicious in Italian Recipes and Italian food salad dressings are not used, All they need is the freshest vegetables with great olive oil and possibly some balsamic vinegar. Try out some Italian recipes:
For the dough:
11/3 cups warm water (105° to 115°)
1 pinch sugar
21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
For the topping:
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly
extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
Mix the sugar into the water and add the yeast. Stir once and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Mix olive oil and salt into yeast mixture and begin adding flour a little bit at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon. When it becomes too thick for the spoon, mix with your hands. Add flour until you have a soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes. Coat the inside of a mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough ball inside, flipping it so that its entire surface gets oiled. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours. Punch to deflate dough, turn it out onto a countertop and divide it into the number of pizzas you wish to make. Knead each small piece until smooth and uniform and allow to rest for 20 minutes under a dish towel before shaping.
Preheat the oven to 500°.
Simmer tomatoes over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Shape each dough piece into a 1/4-inch-thick round and place on a cornmeal-covered baking sheet without sides. Put a thin layer of tomato and mozzarella on each round of pizza dough and sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden. Tear the fresh basil onto the pizza and serve immediately.
Makes 2 12-inch or 3 9-inch pizzas.
Spaghetti NapolitanoSpaghetti Napolitana
200 Gms Spaghetti
60 Ml Nepolitanne Sauce
02 Gms Chilli Flakes
Seasoning To Taste
05 Ml Olive Oil
10 Gms Parmesan Cheese
02 Nos Garlic Toast
Chopped Parsley as required
Boil Spaghetti till al dente.
Take a sauce pan, sauté garlic and chilly flakes with olive oil.
Add Nepolitainne Sauce (Tomato Concasse Based Sauce), add seasoning.
Serve Hot with Grated Parmesan Cheese , garnish with chopped parsley.
Grilled Prawns and Garden VegetablesGrilled Prawns
03 Nos King Prawns
10 Ml Italian Dressing
10 Ml Olive Oil
10 Gms carrots
10 Gms Baby Corns
07 Gms Chopped Garlic
Melted Butter As Required
Seasoning To Taste
Marinate Prawns with Seasoning and Keep in The fridge for at Least one hour.
Hot Griddle should be non stick hot, Grill marinated prawns till done ( One Can also remove Shell and Grill) Toss vegetables with little butter and chopped garlic and seasoning.
Serve Hot with Italian Dressing.