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A Queen In The Kitchen : How To Make Gnocchi (Italian Potato Dumplings)

 

As we say in Italy : Giovedì Gnocchi (Thursday Gnocchi). Watch the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to prepare homemade gnocchi, the traditional Italian dumplings made with potatoes and flour, usually served as PRIMO (first course). Despite the simplicity of this recipe, gnocchi are very versatile and delicious with any kind of condiment. I usually toss mine with tomato sauce or ragu’ (Italian meat sauce) or browned butter, sage and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

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Yields : 2 to 4 servings

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 40 min.

Cook Time : 2 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pound potatoes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 pinch sea salt

2 tbsp beaten egg

 

DIRECTIONS

Peel and wash the potatoes then place them into a medium pot with enough cold water to cover.

Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes with the help od a skimmer.

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes with a potato ricer.

Add the flour, egg and a pinch of salt.

Mix all the ingredients together with a fork then knead by hand.

Divide the dough into golf-sized balls. On a floured work surface, roll the balls into dowels then cut each dowel into 1-inch long pieces.

Drop the gnocchi into a pot of  boiling salted water and cook until they rise to the surface.

Remove the gnocchi quickly with a skimmer, shake off the excess of water and plate.

Toss with tomato sauce and basil or ragù or browned butter and sage.

Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and serve.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
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Squid Ink Spaghetti With Seafood Ragù

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I’ve always been a huge fan of squid ink pasta, so when I finally found the squid ink spaghetti at one of my favorite grocery stores in LA,  I’ve decided to make a dish that reminds me the colors and flavors of the Italian summer : Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia con Ragù di Mare (Squid Ink Spaghetti with Seafood Ragù). This is a very simple dish, tasty, healthy and visually appealing. For the seafood ragù I’ve used fresh squid tubes and raw prawns.

…another recipe simple, homemade and delicious from your #aqueeninthekitchen

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Photo by Ale Gambini – Queen In The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

12 oz squid ink spaghetti

4 squid tubes, cleaned and cut in rings

10 raw prawns (shell removed, deveined, tails-on)

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 small onion, finely chopped

20 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small bunch fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dry white wine

salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring to a boil a large pot of lightly salted water.

In a large skillet, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until golden.

Add tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper to taste and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the squids, the white wine and allow to cook until the wine evaporates.

Add the shrimps and cook briefly (couple of minutes) until they turn pale pink.

Cook the pasta in the large pot of salted water until “al dente”.
Drain the pasta (don’t drain your pasta dry, but leave a little bit of cooking water).
Return to the skillet with the seafood ragù. Toss well the spaghetti and serve warm garnished with fresh parsley.

A Queen In The Kitchen: How To Make Watermelon Caprese

 

Everyone knows Caprese, the simple Italian salad, made of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, that features the Italian flag colors : white, red and green. Follow the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to prepare this surprising version of the traditional caprese because I won’t use tomatoes, but watermelon instead. You’ll only need the freshest ingredients and a melon baller.

Buon Appetito!

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INGREDIENTS

watermelon

fresh ciliegine (cherry size) mozzarella, drained

fresh basil, coarsely chopped

lemon rind

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

salt (if desired)

Tools

melon baller

 

DIRECTIONS

Scoop the watermelon in balls with the help of a melon baller. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, place the watermelon balls, the fresh ciliegine of mozzarella, fresh basil, lemon rind and season with Extra Virgin Olive Olin and salt (if desired).

Give it a nice stir with a spoon.

Enjoy right away or place in the fridge until serving.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
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Cooking DOP & IGP Cooking Class

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On the occasion of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, I will host a cooking class focused on Italian DOP and IGP denominations.

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Join me for an extraordinary cooking class, Saturday, November 04, 2017 at the IIC Los Angeles

Menu’ :

Cialda di Parmigiano con Spuma di Mortadella
Medaglioni di Polenta Concia
Lasagne Zucca Speck Taleggio
Ciambellone Evoo e Limone

To register call – (310) 824-7408

 

 

Ciambellone Mandorle & Vaniglia (Almonds & Vanilla Ring Cake)…Buon Ferragosto!

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Today in Italy is FERRAGOSTO (from the Latin Feriae Augusti – Augustus’ rest), the most important summer holiday. Businesses and government offices are closed for celebrating the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary (Mother of Jesus). In many cities, towns and villages Ferragosto is celebrated with a PROCESSIONE, a procession of people carrying the statue of Mary and FIREWORKS. The Italians will spend the day out of town, heading to the beach or mountains, setting up picnics or  BBQs.

Let’s celebrate Ferragosto by baking a super soft, nutty Ciambella (the Italian ring cake).

Buon Ferragosto!

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Servings : 12

Difficulty : easy

Prep Time : 20 min.

Cook Time : 50 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour type 00

3/4 cup potato starch

1 sachet vanilla baking powder (I highly recommend Bertolini brand)

10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1.5 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, separated and room temperature

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup whole milk, room temperature

1/2 cup raw almonds

pearl sugar, to garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.

Grease a 10 inch bundt cake pan with baking spray or butter and flour.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, the potato starch, the baking powder and set aside.

With a hand or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar.

Add the egg yolks (one at the time), vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Add half of the flour mixture, the milk and mix, then add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until well blended.

Whip the eggs whites at stiff peaks.

Fold gently the whipped egg whites into the cake batter.

Pour into the cake pan.

Sprinkle with pearl sugar and almonds.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in its pan before serving.

How To Make Brioche Col Tuppo

Follow my step-by-step video recipe and learn how to make another staple of the Italian cuisine : Brioche col Tuppo! The Brioche col Tuppo is a Sicilian sweet bread, oval-shaped and topped with a hemispherical ball (tuppo). The name comes from its shape that resemble a tuppo, the traditional low bun worn by the Sicilian women in the past centuries. This brioche is amazingly soft and fragrant and is traditionally served along with Sicilian granita or gelato.

Enjoy the summer at the fullest!

#aqueeninthekitchen #italianfood #breadbaking

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Yields : 6 regular brioche or 8 small

Difficulty : intermediate

Prep Time : 45 mins + 3 hours leavening

Bake Time : 30 mins.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all-purpose flour

7 gr active dry yeast

1 tsp honey

1/4 cup lukewarm milk

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tbs salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1/4 cup lard

1 egg yolk with milk for the egg wash

powdered sugar to sprinkle

 

DIRECTIONS

Proof the yeast with lukewarm milk and honey.

In a large bowl, place the flour, make a well in the center then add the yeast and combine briefly.

Add the sugar, the salt, the eggs, the vanilla extract and the milk (added little by little) and knead.

Add the lard and knead until all the ingredients are well blended.

Flour a work surface, move the dough over it and knead until an elastic dough forms.

Place the dough onto a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for two hours.

Flour again the work surface, place the dough over it and knead briefly.

Cut 1/4 of dough and reserve it for later.

Cut the remaining dough into six equal pieces then shape into balls and place over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cut the reserved dough into six small pieces then shape into tiny balls and place over the  baking sheet as well.

Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour.

Press every big balls in the center with the thumb then place the little balls over the big balls.

Brush each brioche with the egg wash.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host Chef – Founder – Video Maker)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (music)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams.com

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A Queen In The Kitchen : How To Pronounce Lasagne Alla Bolognese

Let’s cook and speak like an Italian! Listen to A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to pronounce Lasagne alla Bolognese, the authentic Italian lasagna with ragù (meat sauce), besciamella (Béchamel sauce) and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (no ricotta or mozzarella).

luhZAHN-yeh alla bo-lo-NYE-se

In Italian lasagna is the singular noun and lasagne is the plural, so this dish is called lasagne, because is made of layers of lasagna sheets egg pasta.

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Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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