Your Best Italian Inspired Dishes
A car club has contacted me to cater their Christmas Dinner this year and have requested the dishes be Italian. It's going to be buffet, but don't want to give them the ordinary chicken parm, etc. I have a list of some things that would work well but am always open to new ideas. What are some of your favorite Italian dishes? Looking for the wow! factor :-)
Well, in that case then, I like JEN's idea below of Braciole and Roasted Tomato with White Beans....however I would include the addition of Shrimp with the tomatoes and beans.
Individual Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Roasted Red Pepper, Fresh, Mozzarella & Basil
Blood Orange Salad with Red Onions, Mesculin, Arugula or Frisee
Roasted/Grilled Seasonal Vegetables Antipasti
Mini-sized ....Traditional Arancini or Vegetarian Stuffed
Assorted Italian Cheese Platter with Fresh Figs and Nuts or as a Grilled Appetizer/Salad
Grilled/ Roasted Asparagus with Shaved Parmigiano Regiano
Slow Roasted Plum Tomatoes with Basil....with or without Fresh Mozzarella
Warm Seafood Salad...Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Calamari, Scungilli
Roasted Veal Loin (Sliced Thin) with Tuna Aioli.......pork loin/tenderloin may be substituted
Braised Pork Shoulder with Onions
Roasted Suckling Pig
Braised Short Ribs over Creamy Polenta with Parmigiano Reggiano
Grilled Steak Florentine or Tuscan Style
Olive Oil Poached Tuna or Swordfish Loin with Capers and Olives.
Whole Roasted Fish (Snapper, Salmon, Bluefish)
Universal Sauce/Topping made with Olives and Tomatoes for any of the above items
Blood orange salad sounds outstanding, as well as the braised short ribs with polenta (thats one of my fav's to make), I was thinking of a lobster salad as well, at Easter I always like to make an platter of grilled veg and cheeses with some awesome bread. FOURUNDER, you had some great suggestions!!
pizza rustica, roasted red bell peppers with garlic and basil, marinated in EVOO and balsamic, butternut squash lasagne, braciole, panzanella, roasted tomato and white bean salad, rosated eggplant, roasted shrimp and orzo salad, cioppino,stuffed rice fritters, manicotti.
As the grandson of a Sicilian living in Brooklyn in the 50's in a Sicilian neighborhood(not a touristy"Little Italy") .We ate some foods you do not find in the restaurants today cappozella ,cuscisu with fave beans,Pasta cu le sardi and much more.Left over and fried (in olive oil) macaroni never made it to the pizza joints and how I wish that it would have.whole baked fish as well as fish soups.have also been eliminated from the Ita/american kitchen
Would you like also recipes for biscuits? I've baked a delicious, i cantuccini (do you know it?) for dunking in sweet wine.