Discover the Secrets of Fresh Delicious Italian Food

 

Did you know that Italy has got a big selection of foods from almost all parts of the world? There are restaurants in almost all the major cities in the world offering their fresh and delicious meals. Most of their fresh foods ranging from fresh cheese, pizza and tomato sauces among others. Fresh and delicious Italian meals are very simple to prepare since they are made from simple ingredients that are seasoned.

Italy is known to be unique in its culture, food and scenery. With its wonderful cuisine, you cannot miss. Most of its foods are prepared from fresh ingredients which make it yummy and delicious. Common fresh ingredients used are:

GarlicGarlic is very common in Italian food. It has a shape resembling an onion but with a strong pungent and strong smell. It is used when raw, fresh or processed. Before using garlic, it is important to peel and chop it into smaller pieces or use its minced version. Most of the people who use it, like its sour taste. It makes the food to be fire breathing and hot. Garlic has many health benefits in preventing diseases and preventing common cold.

Tomato paste. Tomato is one of the most common ingredients used in making fresh and delicious Italian meals. It is used when raw, cooked, sauce, juice or salad. When used in raw in food, it makes it fresher and brings out its natural taste. Tomato is commonly used for its taste, colour and its health benefit. It is known to produce antioxidant species which prevent chronic illness.

BersilBersil is used because it is an aromatic herb. It has green or purple leaves and produces different scents reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves and lemon. It is added to Italian food and can also be mixed with garlic and tomato pastes making a fantastic blend. The most common food made from basil is called Pesto and is made from green basil leaves mixed with olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan. Next time you are doing shopping for basil, check the fresh green and healthy ones. It should also have an earthy smell.

CheeseCheese makes food delicious and tastes great. It is used for its flavouring property, colour and texture. Different types of cheese exist but most of them are made from milk products which form a coagulate of proteins. Cheese is used in two common types: mozzarella and parmesan. Each has different taste but can be used in the same meal. The best selling mozzarella is buffalo’s mozzarella which can be compared with cow’s mozzarella. Most would take grated mozzarella since it delicious but for those who need the natural cheese, fresh Parmesan is always the choice. Parmesan is blocks of cheese that are added to food to add instant flavour.

Three Common fresh Italian food

Caprese Salad added Pesto SauceIt is made using Mozzarella cheese mixed with tomato juice then topped up with fresh pesto sauce. This mixture produces delicious fresh meal you cannot miss.

PanzenellaThis food has not specific ingredients but it is made with majorly bread and tomatoes. It can also be added other fresh additives to produce great taste.

Mushroom RisottoThis is an ideal plate made with mushrooms mixed with butterfly risotto. It’s a plate that makes you salivate.

Next time you do a visit to Italy or an Italian restaurant, be sure ask a plate of a fresh and delicious Italian meal. Enjoy the freshly prepared food with fresh ingredients that provide you with vast health benefits.

Homemade Italian desserts you need to try

Create an Italian atmosphere in your kitchen, by adding a few homemade Italian recipes to the mix. Indulge in tasteful homemade desserts straight from the Italian cuisine. Surprise your guests with Amaretto Biscotti, Mini Zeppoles, Lemon Ricotta Cake and traditional favourite Panna Cotta.

These are especially good if you are planning to host a special celebration or a romantic evening. Transform your kitchen into an Italian bistro and serve Italian homemade desserts that everyone loves. Visiting Italy have not only made me fall in love with their culture, but also their food. Especially their desserts.

These are four of my favourite desserts that you need to try right now:

Amaretto Biscotti

One of the most classic desserts from Italy is the Biscotti. Biscotti are almond biscuits that originated in the city of Prato. They are crunchy, twice baked and dipped in drink – like liquor or sauce. There are many ways you can make a biscotti, but the most classic recipe is the Amaretto Biscotti.

You get Amaretto Biscotti when you add Amaretto liquor, almonds and vanilla extract to the mix. The Biscotti biscuits are then being folded in raw and chocolate covered almonds that gives it extra crunch and taste.

Mini Zeppoles

If you are a big fan of pastry, you will love the Mini Zeppoles. The Zeppoles are mini Italian donut holes that are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. It is not without reason it has become the people of Italy’s favourite homemade desserts. Mini Zeppoles are covered in sugar, chocolate or sometimes cinnamon and it is one of those desserts you need to add to your list.

Lemon Ricotta Cake

With its rich flavour and exclusive taste, the third dessert you need to try is the Lemon Ricotta Cake. If you are a cheese lover you will settle for this dessert as it filled with creamy whey goat cheese. When making a Lemon Ricotta Cake you can add anything to the mix, berries, chocolate, nuts – whatever you desire. It Is one of the easiest Italian recipes out there and will become one of your favourite desserts to make.

Panna Cotta

The fourth dessert that needs attention is the famous Panna Cotta, that has been popular throughout Italy for years. It not only looks and tastes like a dream, but it is also one of the quickest recipes to make and can be prepared in advance. The Italian dessert is made of sweetened cream, thickened with gelatine and moulded. You can make your own flavoured cream by adding rum, coffee, vanilla or other flavouring to the mix. Panna Cotta are often served with berries or almonds to give it a more richer taste.

Now that I have tempted you with these traditional and classic recipes I hope it will inspire you to try more Italian homemade desserts. If you feel that you don’t have the right cooking skills to be able to make these, I recommend visiting Italy anytime in the future.