Pomodori con il Riso – An Italian Summer Recipe
In the first of Local Aromas’ new Italian recipe series we introduce you to a classic Roman summer dish which is not commonly found on restaurant menus but is often prepared in the home for a fresh lunch or picnic. Pomodori con il Riso makes the most of Rome’s glut of tomatoes in the summer months, using them to hold a herby rice stuffing before being baked in the oven on a bed of potatoes to soak up the excess juices.
By Kate Zagorski
The perfect dish for a big family celebration: Lasagne alla Bolognese
Although there is no one fixed dish served for Christmas dinner in Italy, the general emphasis is on hearty, robust, decadent food. A traditional lasagna with its layers of rich ragù, creamy béchamel sauce and silky egg pasta ticks all the boxes and can be prepared in large quantities, making it the ideal dish for a big family celebration.
Traditional Roman recipe for mozzarella-stuffed fried zucchini blossoms
Zucchini blossoms are a gift of nature and Roman zucchini, the ones in the picture, are simply to die for. When they are in season during the summer, local markets overflow with these gorgeous, bright yellow flowers. Romans have a very special way of cooking them and we are sharing the recipe: Mozzarella-stuffed fried zucchini blossoms.