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Ideas for a vegetarian dinner: 20 courses to try – Italian Cuisine

Ideas for a vegetarian dinner: 20 courses to try


Recipes for appetizers, first courses, main courses and side dishes based on fruit and vegetables and tips for the success of a vegetarian dinner

How about making one vegetarian dinner this evening? No meat, no fish, but "only" fruit, vegetables, legumes, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms. In the'International year of fruit and vegetables it is an idea to take up the invitation to consume more plant foods, as well as a way to experiment with new recipes to bring them to the table. And if this motivation isn't enough to get you in the kitchen, here are five more.

5 reasons to have a vegetarian dinner even if we are not vegetarians

1. Why do we have vegetarian guests;

2. Why a themed dinner is fun;

3. Why fruits and vegetables are healthy;

4. Because we want to be more sustainable at the table;

5. To discover that vegetarian and tasty are characteristics that are not mutually exclusive.

5 ways to make a vegetarian dinner tasty

1. Cooking with seasonal fruit and vegetables.

2. Get more textures such as soft-crunchy in a dish;

3. Use spices and herbs;

4. Serve meat dishes that are not actually meat dishes: burgers, meatballs, stews can also be made vegetarians;

5. Play with the many colors of fruit and vegetables in the composition of the dishes.

Our recipes for a vegetarian dinner

Here are ours recipes to start preparing your vegetarian dinner right away. There are appetizers, first courses, second courses, side dishes, but you can also serve one course for another, as you wish!

Take part in new streaming courses – Italian Cuisine


Wherever you are, get ready to enter our kitchens in Milan: the new courses arrive in live streaming with #ScuolaLCI

The School of Italian Cuisine comes to your home comfortably with new online courses which will give you the opportunity to interact with our chefs, just like in a live course.

How do our streaming courses work?

The streaming cooking course lasts about an hour and a half. The interlocutors will be one chef, physically present in kitchens, and a editor, who will moderate the lesson, answering questions. A few days before the live broadcast you will receive the list of ingredients and the equipment needed to prepare the menu provided for in the teaching plan, the digital pantry with all the recipes and the link to the page to connect to on the day of the course.

Fresh pasta: streaming course

The streaming course dedicated to fresh pasta is available both on 22 January (11:30 am) that the January 28 (6:30 pm) and includes the preparation of the following dishes: cavatelli with bacon, potatoes and spinach; lean ravioli with cream of cream and basil; tagliatelle with cherry tomato sauce. Registration on scuola.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com

Fish menu: streaming course

The didactic plan of the online course dedicated to fish cooking, scheduled for January 22 (6:30 pm) and for January 28 (11:30 am), includes: pumpkin cream with roasted prawns and toasted almonds; squid with mixed salad, marinated carrot and celeriac julienne, thyme; roasted sea bream fillet with broccoli, potatoes and Taggiasca olives. Registration on scuola.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com

The cost of the courses is € 19.99.

New Year. Three main courses in the oven: the recipes – Italian Cuisine

New Year. Three main courses in the oven: the recipes


Preparing the New Year's Eve dinner is always laborious. One way to optimize times is to make the oven the protagonist in the preparation of main courses. Here are three perfect recipes for the occasion

When the time comes to get in the kitchen to baste the New Year's Eve dinner, time risks turning into a guillotine. But there is a way to optimize times, without neglecting tradition: to make the oven protagonist of the preparation of New Year's seconds. Thus, while the cotechino, lo shin or the sardines they cook, your hands are free to make, for example, cold appetizers or a first course with one of the many lucky foods.

In crust, the alternative version of cotechino

A great classic that cannot be missing from the New Year's menu is the cotechino with lentils. A alternative version of the traditional recipe, which can be prepared in the oven, is the one in a puff pastry crust. The ingredients for four people are a cotechino of about 500 grams, a roll of puff pastry, 450 grams of spinach already cleaned, two eggs, 20 grams of grated Parmesan cheese, a clove of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper , nutmeg and sesame seeds.

First of all cook the cotechino in plenty of water, according to the times indicated on the package or by your butcher. Drain it and remove the casing. Meanwhile, in another pot of boiling salted water, boil the spinach. When they become tender, drain them, squeeze them and sauté them in a pan with a drizzle of oil and a clove of garlic. Allow them to cool, then transfer them to the mixer and blend them with the parmesan, egg, a pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg. At this point, unroll the puff pastry and spread over the Spinach Cream, leaving an inch of border on all sides. Lay the cotechino on one end and roll up, tightening the sheet well. Close the side edges, brush the surface with egg yolk, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 200 ° for about 25 minutes.

New Year's courses in the oven, the inevitable shank

Another dish that is always very popular on New Year's Eve is it pork knuckle. Quick to prepare, it needs instead of more than an hour of cooking in the oven. Four small shins are needed for four people, 80 grams of butter, an onion, two cloves of garlic, a sprig of rosemary, a glass of dry white wine, a liter of broth, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Quickly rinse the shanks under running water and place them in a pan covered with parchment paper with the butter, rosemary, onion cut in half, oil and peeled cloves of garlic. Bake at 200 degrees and as soon as they have taken a little color, pour in the white wine. When this has faded, repeat the operation with the broth from time to time, so that the meat never stays dry. At the end of cooking it should, in fact, be tender and moist. To accompany the shanks, the tasty baked potatoes are excellent.

Sarde a beccafico, for those who do not want to give up fish

The Sarde A Beccafico they are perfect for those who want to opt for a fish-based second New Year's Eve. Four people need 500 grams of fresh sardines, an orange, two teaspoons of honey and a few bay leaves. For the filling 100 grams of breadcrumbs, 40 grams of sultanas, 40 grams of pine nuts, two anchovies, a teaspoon of sugar, a sprig of parsley, a clove of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

First of all turn on the oven at 200 ° and put soaking the raisins. Then proceed with the cleaning of sardines and once ready open them like a book. In a pan with a drizzle of oil, toast the breadcrumbs, then transfer it to a bowl and add the oil, anchovies, chopped parsley and garlic, pine nuts, pepper, salt and sugar. Mix everything until you get a homogeneous compound. Put a teaspoon of filling on each sardine and roll it up on itself. Then grease a baking dish with a drizzle of oil, arrange the stuffed sardines, separating them from each other with bay leaves, sprinkle with orange juice, a little more oil and honey. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about twenty minutes.

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