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The recipe for dishes with gravy (and other ideas) – Italian Cuisine

The recipe for dishes with gravy (and other ideas)

The platters are a pod vegetable typical of the summer. Versatile and easy to prepare, here are some quick recipes to enjoy them

There spring is the season of vegetables in pod: peas, fava beans, green beans, saucers and the more you have, the more you put! THE piattoni they are perhaps the least known of these: defined "eat everything", like the most famous green beans, are green beans, but with a flat and edible pod.

Crunchy and delicately sweetish, they are excellent side dish, to accompany both meat and fish main courses.

Below we propose the recipe of plates with tomato sauce, while in the gallery many ideas to cook them with different seasonings, to bring them to the table always changing.

The recipe for dishes with gravy


To cook the dishes with the sauce, you need a few ingredients: 400 g of fresh dishes, 2 ripe copper tomatoes, 70 g of tomato sauce, ½ red onion, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.


First, blanch the tomatoes, remembering to cross-cut the peel at the base. After 1 minute, take them from the boiling water and let them cool. Meanwhile, prepare the dishes: wash them under running water, tick them and cut them into pieces of about 2 cm. Now peel the tomatoes: lift the peel near the incision and remove it all. Divide the tomatoes into wedges, removing the internal seeds.

Now, finely chop the onion, fry it in a pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. After a few minutes, add the tomatoes first, making them flavor, then the dishes. Cover everything with hot water, season with salt and pepper and cook until the water evaporates. Now add the tomato puree and cook over low heat, making the sauce shrink. Serve them hot and have a good appetite.

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Ham with Red Eye Gravy – Something From Nothing is Something

In this age of cutting back on fat whenever and wherever we
can (and by “we” I mean “you”), we forget that throughout most of history, this
was the complete opposite. Fat was a concentrated, powerful fuel that literally
kept people going, and this red eye gravy is a little taste of those times.

The challenge in tough times is to make those greasy pan
drippings more palatable, more interesting, and more delicious. It’s not like
families struggling through the depression had pots of demiglace reducing on
the stove, or bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon sitting around to deglaze their
cast iron skillets – heck, they probably didn’t even have a decent Merlot. So
they used what they had; like a splash of leftover coffee.

Is this a recipe that would have been developed based solely
on how awesome it tastes? Probably not, but that’s not to say it isn’t still
very tasty. It is. The way the bitter coffee marries with the sweet, smoky fat
is far from unpleasant, and infinitely better than simply pouring the pan
drippings over your food.

By the way, the name apparently comes from the fact that
when the sauce is poured in a bowl and brought to the table, the fat and coffee
separate, it takes on the appearance of a big, reddish eye. Of course there’s
another legend about how General Andrew Jackson told a hung-over cook to make a
gravy for his ham that was as red as his bloodshot eyes.

I’m pretty sure whoever made up that story also had very red
eyes, but not from whiskey. Anyway, like I said in the video, I did this as
more of a culinary experiment than a “you have to try this” recipe, but
regardless, I think it’s an interesting dish, and one I’d be interested in
hearing about if you do try. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 2 portions:
1/2 cup of chopped fatty ham scraps
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 thick slices of ham
1 tsp flour
about 2/3 cup black coffee
black pepper and cayenne to taste

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