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Pesto

Posted: May 25, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Italian, Pasta
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Recently, we have been to farmers market and there I saw some fresh and beautiful basil leaves which was very difficult to pass by. Hence even without thinking of any recipe I have decided to buy two bunches of those fresh herbs. It was so fresh that I was in love with the sweet and pungent smell of the leaves. Immediately after coming home,I started looking for some recipes with it. Then thought the best way to use both the bunches would be making some pesto.

The word pesto derives from the Italian for pestle, pestello. Pesto is a versatile sauce, can be made in different ways using different ingredients. Traditionally it is made with basil leaves and olive oil using a mortar and pestle. I have had a pesto pasta long time ago in one of Italian restaurant. Ever since then, I wanted to make some  at home. To my surprise, this is the easiest and versatile sauce to make. You can pair this with any kind of pasta and make a light and fresh meal anytime. Also, pesto can be used in marination for veggies, fish and chicken dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  •  1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  •  2 tablespoon toasted walnuts
  •  3 cloves garlic
  •  1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

  • In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the pine nuts, walnuts, garlic and process for 1 minute or so.
  •  Add the fresh herbs, parmesan cheese and run until it’s a thick paste.
  •  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the paste leaves the sides of the bowl and looks like a thick sauce.
  •  Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin-film of olive oil on top.

Zucchini Fry

Posted: September 7, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Italian Snack/Deep fried
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Recipe Yields: 2 Servings 

Zucchini Fry  

I had this snack as an appetizer in Olive Garden and since then I wanted to make this at home.  But some or the other way its was  not happening or should I say the deep-fried makes me delaying the execution. Finally I have decided to make this yesterday and it turn out great. Perfect snack with a cup of hot tea what more you can ask for.  

Zucchini Fry

Zucchini Fry

Ingredients:  

  • 1 medium-sized Zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 2 extra-large eggs, slightly beaten
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation:  

  • Marinate the zucchini slices with salt and black pepper. Keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile, mix bread crumbs, salt, black pepper and parmesan cheese together.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying. And make an assembly of three plates, one with bread crumb mixture, beaten eggs and sliced zucchini.
  • Dip zucchini in beaten eggs and then in bread crumb mixture and again do the second coating with egg and then bread crumb mixture and deep fry.
  • Fry at medium to medium heat and cook until golden brown and crispy to both the sides.
  • Serve hot with sauce of your choice and enjoy.
Zucchini Fry

Zucchini Fry