Cleaning Pan From Cacio y Pepe???
- CocoDan Feb 27, 2013 05:57 AM
Any tips on cleaning the cheese stuck on the bottom of the pan and pasta bowl from Cacio y Pepe? Also, how to keep it from getting there?
Don't Enjoy Cleaning,
Soak, plastic scrubbie, elbow grease + or - Barkeepers Friend.
No way around it, but tossing the cheese with the pasta only in the serving bowl might eliminate one.
Fill the pan with a little water and bring it to a simmer on the stove. This should help to loosen the stuck on cheese.
Drizzle a little bit of olive oil in the bowl (while it's still clean and dry) and wipe it around with a folded paper towel to put a really thin layer of oil on the bottom. That should help keep the cheese from sticking so much.
I cooked Cacio e Pepe tonight for my wife, and couldn't resist responding.
When I see that cheese is starting to clump or stick to the pan, I scoop another half ladle of salt water from the pot the noodles were boiled in and add it to the cheese/noodle mixture, and with a little heat, the cheese clumps mostly fold into the noodles.
It's a simple dish, but must be done delicately to get it right. I've had variable success and still need practice, but I'd give myself a B+ for tonight's version. I served it alongside a pan fried 6 oz tri-tip steak, which I find to be very flavorful, though a bit tougher than traditional cuts.