Sunday, April 28, 2013

Let's get Italian... (Homemade Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese and Tomato Sauce)

Homemade Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese and Tomato Sauce!
This dish is so easy to make, not expensive at all, but it is a bit time consuming. 
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Homemade Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese and Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
Gnocchi
950gr potatoes, unpeeled, boiled and mashed
270gr all purpose flour
2 medium eggs
A pinch of salt
Parmesan Cheese 

Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Jack Daniel’s Barbeque Sauce
250gr canned tomatoes, chopped
½ cup boiled water
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper

Gnocchi Preparation Method
1) Prepare a dough hook on a stand mixer. In the mixing bowl, add mashed potatoes, eggs, flour and salt. Turn on mixer on low, then increase speed till the dough forms. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can form the dough with your hands, it is very easy…
2) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and slightly dust it with flour.
3) Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Put dough on dusted surface. Use your hand to knead and shape the dough into a log.
4) Use a knife to divide the dough into pieces. Each piece should be about 3cm thick.
5) Dust your hands with flour and roll each piece of dough till it becomes long and cylindrical.
6) Use a knife to cut the long dough into small pieces, about 3cm wide. It's important to lightly dust each piece with flour so that it doesn't stick.
7) Dust a fork with flour. Press each small piece of dough gently enough, to create lines on each piece. Then place it on a baking sheet.
8) They are ready to be cooked. If you are not cooking them immediately, dust the gnocchi with flour again and shake them every 10 minutes so that they don't stick on the tray. Alternatively, put the entire baking sheet in the freezer. When the gnocchi are frozen remove from tray and store them in freezer bag.
9) Cooking Method.  In a large pan boil salted water. Put in gnocchi (20 each time). They are cooked when the gnocchi come to the surface of the pan. Remove them and place them immediately in the sauce. This cooking process will take approximately 2 minutes.

Tomato Sauce Preparation Method
Add all sauce ingredients in a sauce pan, and cook in a medium heat until the liquid is reduced to half.

Sprinkle Gnocchi with grated Parmesan cheese and serve hot.
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Below you can find some photos of Milan and Eros Ramazzotti!

Duomo, Sunday 17/03/2013

Live Concert at Assago Mediolanum Forum, 17/03/2013



Friday, April 12, 2013

Burger Buns, with Olive Oil and Whole Wheat Flour

This is my first attempt in baking burger buns. The original recipe was with butter, unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 large egg. 
I wanted to make them a bit healthier so part of the flour was organic whole wheat flour, and instead of using butter I used olive oil. I decreased the amount of sugar by 1 tablespoon as well. 
I am very pleased with the outcome! The buns are light and pleasant to eat.
You can find the original recipe along with step by step instructions at: King Arthur Flour.
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Here you can find my version of Burger Buns.  For the preparation instructions please visit King Arthur Flour.

Burger Buns, with Olive Oil and Whole Wheat Flour

8 big buns

 

Ingredients

1 cup organic whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour
1½ cup all purpose flour
1½ tsp dry yeast (7gr)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp caster sugar
2 medium eggs
1½ to 2 cups lukewarm water
2 tbsp olive oil

Preparation Method


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Risotto with Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese (and a photo of Eros Ramazzotti...)


Risotto with Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese
4 Portions

Ingredients
100gr Prosciutto, cut into small strips
1 cup Arborio rice
1/3 red dry wine
2 cups hot water
1½ hot chicken stock
1/3 cup fresh cream
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Preparation Method
(Keep stirring the rice all the way until it is cooked)
1. In a medium pan, sauté Prosciutto for 5 minutes.
2. Add the rice and continue sauté for another minute.
3. Add the wine and continue stirring until the alcohol evaporates completely.  Continue by adding the water and then by adding the chicken stock, half a cup at a time.
4. When the rice has cooked, add the fresh cream and Parmesan cheese.
5. Serve hot.
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Mediolanum Forum (Milano) 17/03/2013
Eros, buonissimo il concerto!!! Grazie mille!


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