My version: Tiroler Gröstl

groestlThis is a typical dish of Tyrol, a mountain area of Austria, where I had the pleasure to live for 10 beautiful months. If you ever tried Austrian cuisine, you already know how strong in terms of caloric values can be.  But it’s perfect if you need to go ski through Alps.

I called this my version, because I added some champignon mushrooms and used some bacon instead of normal pork shoulder, as the tradition wants. Buon appetito!

Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients [for 26 cm pan]

  • 600 gr potatoes (I used the small variety with thin skin, so I could keep it)
  • 40 gr butter
  • 1 big onion
  • 250 gr bacon already cut in stripes
  • 300 gr mushrooms
  • olive oil, salt , pepper
  • some meat broth ( a small glass)
  • fresh parsley

1. Clean and cut your veggies: potatoes, mushrooms and onion. In the meanwhile, bring some water to boil in a big pot.

2. Add to boiling water your potatoes and some salt. Cook with the lid on for 15 min, so they become tender but not too much.  Drain the water, cut them and put them aside.

4. In a pan, heat 40 gr butter. Cut the onion and let it brown in the pan. Add the meat and mushrooms.

5. When they got some color, add some meat broth, homemade (click here for my recipe) or instant,together with your semi-cooked potatoes. Cook until the the broth it is almost absorbed, using a medium-high heat.

6. Spread with parsley and olive oil your pan.

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Stuffed Peppers with Rice

stuffed_pepperI cook often stuffed pepper because it is a good solution to have a main dish and side dish all together. For this reason, I tried out many different ways to make them special every time. This is the easiest and quickest version recipe. Serve them room temperature or a littler warmer. This is one of those dish which is tastier the next day, if you know what I mean.

Time: 20 min + 45 min cooking in the oven

Ingredients:  for 6 portions

  • 5 red and yellow peppers
  • 100 gr Parmesan
  • 50 gr breadcrumbs
  • 150 gr white rice ( short grain)
  • 250 gr peas (frozen or in a can)
  • dry parsley
  • pepper,olive oil, salt

Option 2:

When I want to make this dish super complete, 3 in 1 effects (as my dishwasher tabs are supposed to be…) I prepare what in Italy is called ” ragù in bianco“, or white ragù. Basically just follow my ragù recipe (click here) skipping step 3 and 4 . Simply mix it with the rice and follow the rest of the recipe I am posting below.

1.Bring water to boil in a pot and cook your rice, but not completely. Drain it 3-4 minutes before the total amount of minutes suggested in the package. It will continue to cook in the oven.

2.While your rice is cooking, cut the top of peppers, get rid of seeds, cut them in half when they are small, or more for bigger peppers.Wash them, salt them inside and let them drain a little water out.

3. Mix in a bowl rice, Parmesan, pepper, parsley,peas or ragù in bianco. Put peppers with the concave part facing up in a baking tray. Fill all shells with a spoon. Spread breadcrumbs on them and olive oil to make the top part crispy and gold.

Cook for 45 minutes at 180°c

Let them cool down and.. Buon appetito!

Potatoes casserole stuffed with Ragù

potatoes_casseroleThis is a perfect solution for Holiday: you have a main dish, with potatoes and meat all together. Definitely, prepare it in advance: even a day before. After it rested for a while, all the flavor comes out and it’s easier to cut and serve it. A little warmer than room temperature is perfection, in my opinion.

Time: prep 1 hour + 30 cooking

Ingredients:  for  12 portions

  • 2,5 kg potatoes
  • 250 gr Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Gouda, Edam  or other cheese in slices ( ~200 gr)
  • Parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 350 gr Ragù with peas (Very important: grab it with a strainer, only the no-liquid part!)
  • breadcrumbs
  • olive oil and butter (~20 gr)

You’ll also need a casserole, the one used for lasagna is perfect.

1. Peel, wash and boil the potatoes until they are soft.

2. Smash the potatoes in a big bowl, add two eggs first ( a third later if the mixture is not sticky enough), 150 gr Parmesan cheese, pepper, salt ( quite a lot ), parsley and mix all together with a fork.

3. Grease with olive oil your casserole. Cover the oil-layer with a thin layer of tiny breadcrumbs and start building up your casserole deliciousness.

4.First layer: with the back of your hand press the potatoes mix; Second layer: add your ragu’ equally and spread it all over with the back of the spoon. Third layer: cover with slice of cheese and sprinkle some Parmesancheese all over.

5. Repeat the three layers above and finish with a good amount of breadcrumbs. Final touch to make the top crunchy: tiny-teeny pieces of butter and spray with olive oil.

Cook 20 min at 200°c both up and down heating, then other 10 minutes only the top, grill function.

Let it cool down for a while before serving in order to cut it easily, since it will become more compact.

Buon appetito!!!

Spezzatino Recipe

spezzatinoThis is my father’s stewed beef recipe, it reminds me a lot my childhood and it’s really tasty. I hope you’ll like it !

Time: 1 hour + 20 prep min

Ingredients:

  • 500 gr beef ( already cut in chunks)
  • 1 can peas
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 4 big potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 glass white kitchen wine
  • salt + pepper
  • white flour
  • a spoon olive oil

1. First of all, I usually cut my beef pieces in more little one. Then, I salt+pepper them  and roll the chunks into some white flour.2. Pre-heat a spoon of olive oil in a quite large pot.After, add the meat and brown it for a little while.Then, add a glass of white wine and let it evaporate with a slow-temp and put the lid on for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, peel and cut both potatoes and carrots.

3. Now you should have a creamy-delicious consistency.

4. Add potatoes and carrots and adjust with more salt+pepper.

5. Add the entire tomatoes can and cook for 40 minutes with the lid on (always with a low-heat temprature). Once in a while remember to stir it carefully,otherwise the bottom is going to burn easily ( trust me, this is an experienced advice ….). 6. In the end. rinse the peas and add them too. Cook for about other 10 minutes with the lid on. And now should be ready and yummy! Buon appetito!