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Recipe Freshly seared fish with broth – Italian Cuisine

  • 850 g 1 gurnard or redfish
  • 700 g croaker
  • 680 g 8 monkfish steaks
  • 300 g squid
  • 90 g onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 50 g baby octopus
  • 16 small red prawns
  • 8 scampi
  • 8 cuttlefish
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • dry white wine
  • dried oregano
  • salt
  • pepper

For the recipe freshly seared fish with broth, clean all the fish, eliminating all the bones, heads and spines, keeping the scraps.
Shelled and clean the prawns and add heads and shells to the fish scraps.
Clean molluscs and cut them into small pieces or strips.
Slice the onion and brown it in a saucepan with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt. Add the fish and shellfish scraps and brown them for 3-4 minutes, then sprinkle with a splash of white wine.
Leave him blend and add 2 liters of water and the tomatoes cut into 4.
You do cook for 20-25 minutes, turn off and filter, obtaining a soup. Perfume it with oregano.
Peel fillets and cut the fish pulp into thin slices.
Arrange in the dishes all the varieties of fish, crustaceans and molluscs and serve them with bowls of boiling broth: each diner will dip the fish bites, «cooking them lightly with the heat and making them flavor.

Recipe: Davide Brovelli, Photo: Riccardo Lettieri, Styling: Beatrice Prada

Winter fish: abundant and convenient – Italian Cuisine


The sea is a living and vital place and, as such, it follows natural cycles that naturally also affect the species that populate it. This means that there is one seasonality of fish quite similar to that of fruit and vegetables. To be supported, also bearing in mind the origin, to discover that the Mediterranean, in winter, can give you great satisfaction.

Caught close by
The best deals, from the point of view of quality and wallet, are done with the local fish. It is therefore important to check thelabel, where the origin must be indicated together with the relative Fao code (the FAO is the United Nations organization for food and agriculture) which indicates the fishing areas. Zones 37.1 37.2 37.3 are related to Mediterranean, from the Balearics to Turkey.

What to buy in winter?
As the guide of Slow Food “Let's eat them right” (downloadable here), in our seas the cold months are the right time for straw bream, bonito, octopus, turbot, sardines, cuttlefish, mullet, clams. Available all the year they are gray mullet, murmurs, hake, glance, bream, monkfish, turbot, St. Peter's, saber, scorpion fish, mackerel, horse mackerel and zerro. In the fish market there are also excellent pink prawns, plump shrimp, delicate cicadas, savory lupins (common clams), fleshy anchovies, fine soles, elegant amberjacks. The gallinelle are small but full of flavor, the squid tender and perfect for stuffing.

Why follow the seasonality?
Buying fish specialties according to the season has several advantages. The first is, of course, optimal quality, especially in winter! In fact, specimens that swim in colder seas have firmer and more compact meats than in the hot season. Some species, such as sole, have just reproduced and are found leaner and more digestible. In addition, the low temperatures allow a better conservation of the catch.

An expense that is good for the environment
As Slow Food points out, fish are considered seasonal they are not in reproductive stage. Fishing them right now means respecting their times of growth and development, safeguarding the marine biodiversity. If in addition to this we turn to our own products, we limit the consumption of fish that comes from afar with long and polluting journeys, by sea or by land.

A look at the portfolio
Typical winter fish, molluscs and crustaceans have a lower price of other qualities which, not being in season, are imported causing prices to soar. But the convenience also comes from the fact that, when it's cold outside, meat is usually cooked more and, consequently, there is less demand for fish products and prices fall. The only exception anchovies which, swimming farther offshore, rather than under the coast as in summer, are more demanding to fish and therefore less economical than in the hot months, but on the other hand very tasty.

Better in the kitchen
Even the recipes in winter they are different: if in summer raw and quick cooking are preferred, now there is more desire to stay in the stove, turn on the oven or cook rich soups, letting broths and stews mumble over the fire. It is time, then, to try the recipes we offer you. Perfect for a winter table, dreaming of the sea.

194658Chicken fillets, fennel and baked apples. Prepare a sauce with 4 tablespoons of oil, a glass of Apple juice, a peeled and crushed clove of garlic, a teaspoon of fennel seeds and a few tufts of Rosemary. Have 800 g of fillets of tub gurnard in a bowl, toss with the sauce and marinate for an hour. Clean 2 fennel (keeping some green barbina aside) and cut them into very thin slices. Also cut one into slices Red Apple with the peel. Arrange the fennel and apples, alternating them, on an oiled plate. Season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of oil and cook at 200 ° for 10 minutes. Turn the slices and cook for another 5 minutes. Lower the temperature to 180 ° and add the chicken fillets, sprinkling them with their marinade. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with the barbine kept aside. For 4 people.

194659Stuffed mantis shrimp in the oven. Simmer 600 g of datterini tomatoes canned, with their liquid, in a pan with half a clove of garlic, a drizzle of oil, a pinch of salt and one of sugar. Pepper, remove the garlic and set aside. Chop another half clove of garlic with 20 g of dry porcini mushrooms and a tablespoon of bread crumbs. Mix this mixture with another 60 g of breadcrumbs, 4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and the half grated rind lemon. Wash 16 mantis shrimp and clean them by removing the paws under the belly. Cut them with scissors along the back, spread them slightly and fill them with the aromatic compound through the incision. Arrange them in a pan with the tomato sauce. Drizzle with oil and bake in a preheated oven at 190 ° for 15 minutes. Complete with parsley shredded and serve. For 4 people.

194660Bonito rolls with sauce. Clean a deck of turnip greens, blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water, drain, squeeze them and sauté them in a pan with a peeled clove of garlic, salt and chilli powder. Cut a bonito fillet about 800 g into slices slightly thicker than a carpaccio and lightly salt them. Divide the turnip greens over the slices and roll them up to make the rolls. Fry in a pan with a drizzle of oil 2 spring onions minced with an unpeeled clove of garlic, 2 anchovy fillets in oil chopped, a pinch of red pepper and the zest of a lemon into small pieces. Join 6 Cherry tomatoes cut the rolls in half and cook for 6-8 minutes, gently turning the rolls on all sides. Complete with 2 tablespoons of Taggiasca olives pitted, cut into small pieces. For 4 people.

194661Clam and bean soup. Put 400 g of dried cannellini beans, already soaked. Join 2 carrots in chunks, one onion sliced, a clove of garlic and 2 bay leaves. Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook for an hour and a half, adding more boiling water if necessary. Peel and chop another onion and brown it in a pan with a peeled clove of garlic and 4 tablespoons of oil. Combine 600 g of clams (already drained and washed), cover and let them open. Deglaze with a glass of White wine, evaporate the alcohol, turn off, drain the clams and peel them, keeping a few aside to decorate. Strain the stock and put it back in the pot with the clams. Season with chili dry and chopped parsley chopped, cook for a few moments and turn off. Add a sachet of saffron and stir to dissolve it. Add the clam broth, season with salt, turn off and serve. For 4 people.

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New Year's Risotto: the best meat and fish recipes – Italian Cuisine

We welcome 2022 with a refined, delicious and original first course: on New Year's tables, ladies and gentlemen, Risotto

On the festive table a Christmas as to New Year's traditional first courses are often found from lasagna to the cannelloni or the fresh filled pasta such as ravioli or cappelletti in broth. And if this year instead we wanted to venture with a New Year's risotto? If you are a beginner, let's be honest, we do not recommend it as a first course. Risotto has its own rules and when prepared for more than 8 people it risks being less successful. However, we do not give up on surprising our guests and making them spend an unforgettable evening at the table. For this, below you will find a useful in-depth study on the rice / risotto of our school and our 15 proposals for New Year's risotto.

Rice, risotto: useful information before cooking

The rice it is used in the kitchen to make numerous and different preparations, from cold dishes such as salads or hot dishes such as first courses, soups, side dishes and even desserts. When one says rice, one immediately thinks of risotto, undisputed protagonist of the tradition of Italian cuisine.
The creamed rice is what we call risotto, whose origin comes from the dialect of the Piedmontese-Lombard area, and it is a rice cooked in an aromatic sauté and then in boiling broth, completed with the ingredients that each time characterize it in a different way and finally creamed with butter and cheese.
the choice of the different species and varieties of rice depends on the characteristics of the different rices, in relation to the type of preparation to be made. THE laughed brilliantly they are more suitable for the realization of typical dishes of Italian cuisine (risotto and soups) due to the greater dispersion of starch that occurs during cooking; the others laughed, such as the parboiled, are more suitable for the preparation of dishes in which the grains must be dry and shelled at the end of cooking.
For the preparation of a good risotto, the rices that keep cooking best are chosen, namely i superfine laughs. The cooking times indicated for the different brilliant rices vary from 12 minutes (common rice) to 18 minutes (best superfine rice).
The main methods of cooking rice are the creamed rice or risotto (sauteed rice, arancino, timbale); the boiled rice (English or white rice, rice in broth, rice in cagnone, rice pudding); the pilaw rice (baked rice, tiella of rice).

New Year's Risotto: 15 recipes to greet 2022

Here we are ready to give you 15 proposals for New Year's risotto, with no limits between fish or meat or vegetables. We use the ingredients we already have at home due to the Holidays, from citrus to dried fruit: Risotto with castelmagno and bergamot, Laurel risotto with mandarin and almonds, Risotto with citrus, Risotto with candied citron, capers and sage, Creamy risotto with almonds. Let's add noble ingredients: Risotto with scampi and citrus fruits, Rice with lobster, Orange risotto with duck ragout. Speaking of the latter, here is a recipe that makes a very refined single dish: Duck breast with plums on Parmesan risotto. Let's go to the classic Salted risotto with fondue, Risotto with cheese and pepper or the timeless Saffron risotto. Another tip is to venture following a great chef's recipe with Risotto with water (Oldani style) with burrata, cedar and mint. We close with two well-wishing proposals: Risotto with sparkling wine with lemon and rosemary And Risotto with artichokes and pomegranate.

Here are our 15 proposals for New Year's Risotto, also in the photo gallery!

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