The zucchini cream takes on an Italian twist with the addition of garlic sautéed clams. It can be served as an entree or as a first course. In either cases give your diners a unique experience pairing the cream with a well structured white wine like the Nanni Cope’- Polveri della Scarrupata.
This wine, made by autoctone grapes Fiano, Asprinio and Pallagrello bianco in the Campania region – Southern Italy, has a golden, straw-yellow color and an extraordinary scents of acacia, eucalyptus, hazelnut and smoky notes as well as notes of apricot, chamomile and citronella.
*This wine is imported to Denmark by Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.
The recipe of this week is kindly offered by Massimo, an Italian friend (and cousin of one of us :-)) who lives in Houston together with his beautiful kids and his lovely wife.
Do you want to introduce yourself?
My name is Massimo Blaskovic. I am an Italian citizen and US permanent resident. I live in US since 2009, two of my three children are American citizens.
Where are you originally from?
I consider myself a Northeastern Italian, since I spent there the majority of my life in a town close to Trieste.
And now, talking about food, what’s your favourite Italian recipe which you use to prepare often and easily?
I like a lot Pasta al Pesto but my kids prefer Pasta alla Carbonara. I believe it is because of the tasty pancetta, which is quite a challenge to find here in US, so we usually go for smoked bacon instead.
What product do you miss mostly from Italy?
La salsiccia de cranio from Bepi Sciavo. (note: Bepi Sciavo is the most famous and oldest Buffet in Trieste, where Massimo comes from, and La salsiccia de cranio is one of the most delectable dish that Bepi serves).
About Pasta al pesto, what would you tell us?
Even if this is not a typical recipe of the region I am from, it is easy and quick to do, which is a must for a family with kids. You can prepare the sauce while you wait for the water to boil and the pasta to cook. And last but not least, the ingredients to prepare the pesto sauce are easy to find also in US.
The torta pasqualina is a traditional pie from Liguria, a wonderful region by the sea in North-west Italy. This pie is made during Easter time when the days are getting warmer and sunnier, and people enjoy having pic-nics outside bringing their home-made food to share with friends.
We will show you how to make this pie either with home made puff pastry or with ready-made puff pastry.
If you are going to spend your Easter holiday in Liguria, take a look at the Liguria section of this page.