Fagioli grassi (Fat beans) for Carnival

Fagioli grassi (Fat beans) for Carnival Fat beans, or fagioli grassi in Italian, are cooked as part of Carnival celebrations in Ivrea. Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 large onions, peeled and coarsely chopped 300g (10 ½oz) dried borlotti beans, soaked in cold water for 24 hours 4-6 pieces of pork […]

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Fritole alla veneziana (Venetian Carnival Fritters)

Fritole alla veneziana (Venetian Carnival Fritters) fritole, sometimes spelled frittole—lovely roundish fritters made with a soft, batter-like dough perfumed with liqueur and dotted with softened raisins and served with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. Ingredients 30 grams (¼ cup) raisins (golden or dark) 30 ml (2 Tablespoons)  grappa, 200 ml (scant 1 cup) milk […]

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Lemon Ricotta Cake (Migliaccio)

Lemon Ricotta Cake (Migliaccio) This wonderful Neapolitan Carnival treat gets its soft crumb from semolina flour and fresh ricotta cheese. Carnival (Carnevale in Italian) is a festive season that ends on Fat Tuesday or Martedì grasso. The most famous Italian Carnival celebration, of course, takes place in Venice, while the coastal Tuscan town of Viareggio […]

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Cinnamon Butter Gnocchi

Cinnamon Butter Gnocchi Traditional carnival recipe from Veneto, Northern Italy, potato gnocchi are tossed in cinnamon butter and sprinkled with brown sugar. Divinely delicious and easy to make! Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 25 mins Ingredients 400-500 g gnocchi (14-17oz) If you want to make your own see recipe 120 […]

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Rum Baba

Rum Baba A beloved boozy treat from Naples, babà al rum are small yeasted brioche-like cakes swimming in a rum-spiked citrus syrup. Ingredients For the babà: 1 teaspoon active-dry yeast 1 tablespoon milk 2 1/4 cups strong white flour (also known as bread flour or baker’s flour) 1/4 cup sugar 6 medium sized eggs, cold […]

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Uccellini Scappati – Stuffed Pork Rolls

  Uccellini Scappati – Stuffed Pork Rolls Little slices of lean pork stuffed with prosciutto, sage & sun-dried tomatoes. Yield: Serves 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1 Pound Pork Loin Cutlets, Cut Thin (About 12) 1/4 Cup Flour Seasoned With Salt & Pepper 12 Thin Slices Prosciutto 12 Fresh Sage […]

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Sardinian Fregola with Clams (Fregola sarda con le arselle)

  Sardinian Fregola with Clams (Fregola sarda con le arselle) Serves 4. 4 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed and rinsed 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced About 2 cups diced tomato (either canned or fresh plum tomatoes) Pinch of hot red pepper flakes Pepper, to taste 1 cup whte wine 2 tablespoons coarsely […]

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Fettuccini Alfredo

Fettuccini Alfredo   READY IN: 25mins SERVES: 4-6 INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons sweet butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups heavy cream 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish 3⁄4 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1 (12 ounce) box angel hair pasta (or fettuccini) 2 tablespoons chopped […]

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Bell peppers rolls with anchovies

Bell peppers rolls with anchovies For about 6-7 rolls: 2 bell peppers 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon unsalted capers 2 canned anchovies 1 garlic clove 3 tablespoon olive oil salt and pepper to taste Put in the oven, pre heated at 390°F, the bell peppers. Let them roast until they’re soft When peppers are warm […]

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Mozzarella cheese and eggplants’ patties.

Mozzarella cheese and eggplants’ patties.  These patties are easy, healthy and loved by children too: they can be served with tomato sauce but I prefer to eat them plain. Ingredients Makes about 8 medium size patties1 large eggplant (or 2 medium), peeled and diced 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 small onion (or 2 scallions), […]

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