One of the reasons Italy is well-known is for its delicious culinary traditions. But Pastas & Pizzas aren’t all it has to offer. While these are some of the more famous dishes, there is a plethora of more seasonal and regionally acknowledged cuisine available. Obtaining these gourmet, vintage treats, however, may necessitate venturing a little deeper into the heart of the country.
Chef Sebastian Breitinger, Professor Culinary Arts at V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), shares two of his favourite easy-to-prepare-at-home recipes.
Zucchini Cannelloni is a delicious starter one can whip up in a few minutes and is a great addition to the culinary spread for parties and get-togethers. This healthy option is a great alternative to the usual pasta-based cannelloni.
Risotto, which is a northern Italian dish, is typically served as a main course. It is cooked along with a broth that is usually derived from meat, fish, or vegetables to a creamy texture.
Cannelloni: Healthy and Fresh Starter For All Occasions
800 g Zucchini green small
300 ml Olive oil
10 g Salt
2 g Pepper
100 g Lime
400 g Cream cheese
200 ml Heavy cream
0.1 g Mint
0.1 g Thyme
20 g Basil
200 g Dried Tomatoes
20 g Garlic
50 g Walnuts
500 g Lettuce
Cut the zucchini into fine slices and marinate them with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.
Mix the cream cheese with a bit of heavy cream, lime, spices, and herbs, and place the cream into a pastry bag.
Place the zucchini slices overlapping on a cling wrap, place the cream cheese on top, and roll to a Cannelloni-shaped roll.
In a blender mix tomatoes, garlic basil, and olive oil, add walnuts and last the parmesan cheese.
Serve Cannelloni roll with the tomato basil sauce.
Risotto: The All and Ever Favorite
200 g Rice (Arborio)
400 ml Stock
60 ml White wine
50 g Butter
100 g Parmesan cheese
60 g Onions
10 g Salt
200 g Mushrooms (optional)
Sweat the onions on a low flame in a little butter until transparent.
Add the rice and cook a bit more.
Add the wine and continue stirring until consumed. Simultaneously bring the stock to boil.
Always add a little liquid into the cooking rice and continue stirring until consumed. Cook until the rice is “al dente”.
Finally, add butter and cheese and serve immediately.
If using mushrooms, sautee lightly and add to the risotto.