Shopping an Italian Market
Tips and a recipe for entertaining or plain family enjoyment Italian style.
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Chef Andrew Zimmern tells how to shop an Italian market for several recipes.
- Start with a shopping list. You will need the following: Gorgonzola cheese, fontina cheese, pecorino (from sheep's milk), Bel Paese (children will like this type of cheese), lupini beans, sweet cherry peppers, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, black cerignola olives, fresh produce items such as basil and tomatoes, high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ciabatta bread (which gets its name from paving stones that lined the streets), soppresata (Italian sausage), toscano salami, pepperoni, mortadella (smoked sausage) and proscuitto di Parma (naturally cured pork).
3 leaves fresh basil
2 to 3 diced tomatoes, seeds removed
Rub olive oil, herbs and garlic onto small pieces of the bread. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Cut tomatoes into quarters and remove the seeds. Dice only the flesh of the tomato. Roll three leaves of basil together and slice into thin ribbons. (Store basil in brown paper bag in refrigerator, and do not let it absorb moisture or it will turn brown.) Add a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic (the grater will remove peel). Spoon over bowl so that the juices drip down and add to platter.
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