This was getting raves on epicurious--tender fresh pillows of ricotta pasta--like gnocchi but made with ricotta instead of potatoes. They're time consuming but I thought it was worth it! It would save time to make thick ropes, half them lengthwise, half again and make interval cuts. From Bon Appetit.
I saw this in Food & Wine, it is from Mario Batali's new cookbook Italian Grill and sounds perfect for the summertime. He wraps spears in pancetta (which, unlike prosciutto, becomes nicely crispy when cooked) and grills them. Adding a bit of tanginess is the citronette, a marvelously bright-tasting mustardy-orange dressing.
I made this the other night and my husband loved it. It is a perfect size for 2, or can easily be doubled. I used spicy chicken sausage and found that it balanced the sweetness of the peppers. From Bon Appetit.
This makes a beautiful and impressive patterned soup. It is time consuming, however it can be made in advance and reheated in separate pots. Great presentation!! For a more rustic soup, skip the step of the sieve. From Gourmet, March 1993
I am always looking for new appetizers for a cocktail party, and this one looks simple, easy to eat and crowd-pleasing. I haven't tried these yet, but I am looking forward to my next party so I can try them. Update: I made these for a tailgating party and they were a huge hit. So simple, easy and delicious! Great presentation too. I was also able to purchase pickled ginger from the sushi bar at my Whole Foods. This will now be a go to recipe for me.
I love this salad because its different, tasty, and I love the presentation which is actually very monochrome but interesting. They don't have ricotta salata at my store frequently, and I used parmesan curls made with a vegetable peeler instead.
I made these for an appetizer because I was going to have kids at our grown-up dinner party. What I didn't know is how much adults and kids alike would love them and my husband requested them for our next football game party, twice. The ketchup is what makes these fabulous. They are from they Food Network's Party Line with Dan & Steve.
This is a great summertime steak dish for 2 with a lot of pantry items mixed with fresh that has been adapted from Gourmet and become a favorite of ours. If I have time I double the sauce and quickly marinate the steak in it. It is quick & easy and also lends great leftovers.
This Primavera uses fresh veggies from your garden (or in my case, the farmer's market) and turkey sausage. The sauce is a lot lighter and more refreshing than most primavera recipes and my husband and I love to have it in the summer for a healthy pasta dish. I have also successfully used sweet italian sausage here as well. It is from allrecipes.com and states to cut the raw turkey sausage into slices. But I brown it well, then cut it and proceed with the below instructions.
This is a great "Italian ice" I got from Epicurious and made for a friend's birthday dinner. It was easy to make, done in advance and even appealed to non-dessert eaters. I used Cava in place of the champagne and served the granita in martini glasses. Great, refreshing summertime dessert!