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Fried Ravioli

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat oil 300F in a fryer or deep-sided pot. Beat the eggs with the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.  Dip each ravioli into the egg mixture and then coat with bread crumbs.  Fry 5 to 7 ravioli at a time, leaving plenty of room for the ravioli in the pot.  Drain the ravioli on paper towels. Serve with the tomato sauce (heated if you like).

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Fig Marmalade (Marmellata di Fichi)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Wash the figs well then chop them and combine with the sugar in a bowl.  Cover them and let them rest overnight.  The next morning transfer them to a pot and cook over medium heat them over a moderate flame, stirring often until they come to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, skimming away the foam occasionally, until thick (a drop of liquid on an inclined plate doesn’t run).  Add the olive oil and vinegar and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Transfer the marmalade to sterile jars, seal them, sterilize them, and when they have cooled transfer them to your pantry.

Caramelized Pears with Parmigiano

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Cut each pear into 8 equal pieces.  Toss the pears and sugar together gently in a bowl.

Pour the olive oil into a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Add the pears and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar just begins to caramelize (turns to an amber color). Do not let the sugar turn brown.  Add the cherry balsamic, salt and orange zest.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until the sauce starts to reduce.

Transfer the pears to serving dishes and top with the sauce, parmigiano and chopped mint.

Parmesan Encrusted Chicken Breasts Puttanesca

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Mix the shredded cheese, paprika and black pepper.  Coat the breasts with the cheese mixture, pressing the cheese in to adhere.   Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet.  Set breasts into the skillet and cook for minutes per side, until cheese forms an even, golden casing around the tender chicken breasts.  Top the breasts with the tomato sauce for the final minute.

Ravioli with Fig Balsamic Reduction, Pumpkin Seeds and Brown Butter

Ingredients:

  • 16-24 oz  Ravioli (homemade or purchased, best with cheese or vegetarian ravioli)
  • 6 TB          Butter (unsalted, high quality)
  • 3 TB          Lucini Fig Infused Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp    Salt
  • 1/4 tsp    Black Pepper (fresh, ground)
  • 1/3 C        Pumpkin Seeds (roasted – pine nuts, walnuts and even pecans work well)
  • 1/4 C        Lucini Parmigiano Reggiano (fresh, grated)

Preparation:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the ravioli and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until tender but still firm, stirring occasionally.  Drain ravioli onto a large serving platter.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 3 minutes, turn off the heat and allow to cool for about 1 minute.  Stir in the salt and pepper.

Reduce the fig balsamic in a skillet over medium heat.  Do not let the balsamic bubble wildly, as it will reduce too quickly and lose its liquidity.  Remove when it thickens by half.

Transfer the ravioli to the pan saucepan with the brown butter, sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and Parmesan and toss.  Add to serving bowls, then finish with the reduced fig balsamic.

Caponata – Eggplant recipe

This is a simple recipe that takes great advantage of fresh eggplant.  It has complex flavor and will be sure to wow any party or get together!

caponata

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan (medium heat).  Saute the onions, pine nuts, raisins and hot pepper for 4 to 5 minutes until the onions have softened, but have not turned dark gold.  Add the eggplant and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the chili infused oil and cherry balsamic.  Taste the caponata and adjust flavor with salt, pepper, cherry vinegar and chili infused oil.  Allow to cool to room temperature.

  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped in 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons currants
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili flakes, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (to yield 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup basic tomato sauce, recipe follows
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Squash Blossoms stuffed with Ricotta

I have seen beautiful zucchini flowers at my local farmers market recently, so I am sharing this tasty preparation.  Just be sure to be careful with the flowers as you add the filing.

Beautiful Zucchini Blossoms

Beautiful Zucchini Blossoms

Ingredients:

  • 12-20       Zucchini Blossoms (medium to large, stems and pistils removed)
  • 2 TB           Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp     Sea Salt
  • 1/3 C        Pine Nuts
  • 1/2 LB      Escarole (remove core, chop fine)
  • 1/4 tsp     Black Pepper (fresh ground)
  • 2 C             Ricotta Cheese (high quality makes a huge difference)
  • 1/3 C        Raisins (golden are best for color contrast)
  • 2 TB          Lucini Basil Infused Olive Oil

Preparation:

Reconstitute the raisins in hot water –  allow to sit for 10 minutes.  Drain.

Heat the pine nuts in 1 TB olive oil a large pan over medium-low heat, stirring for even color, until lightly golden – about 5 to 7 minutes.  Transfer to a plate to cool.

Heat remaining tablespoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add escarole, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender – about 5 to 7 minutes.  Transfer to a plate to cool.

Mix the pine nuts, escarole, ricotta and raisins well.  Transfer to pastry bag (or make your own with a plastic bag).   Snip a 1/3-inch opening and pipe filling into blossoms.  Using your fingers, very carefully press petals around filling.

Bring a few inches of water to boil in pot so that bottom of steamer insert sits above water.  Arrange blossoms, about  1/2 inch apart, in insert (steam in batches, if necessary – do not crowd).  Steam, covered, over gently simmering water until filling is just set, 3 to 4 minutes.

Best served at room temperature.