The Tuscany region is famous for two things: its unique art
and delicious food.
It's safe to say
that most people who reserve Tuscan villa
will be spending a lot of time sampling the local cuisine when
they're on their vacation, and some may even miss eating Tuscan cuisine when
they head home.
You don't have to fly to
Tuscany if you want to eat Tuscan dishes; there are some famous foods you can
make in your own kitchen.
The word crostini means "little toasts" in Italian,
and there are a variety of ways to prepare this popular bread appetizer. There
are people who are put off by this traditional Tuscan dish because chicken
livers and other organ meats are the main ingredient, but most people forget
any of their doubts after they taste it.
The livers (or other organ meats) are sautéed with onions, capers, wine,
and other select seasonings in order to make a delicious bread topping. The complex taste and beautiful presentation
makes some people think that this dish is difficult to make, but you can make a
good batch of crostini di fegato in less than a half hour.
When many people in the US and UK think about pasta noodles
they think about spaghetti or linguine, but there are countless variations of
this popular food. Pappardelle pasta is
a type of noodle that is very large and flat, some people think that it looks
like wide fettuccine. Some pappardelle
have fluted edges like lasagna noodles, but pappardella that's made from dried
egg usually have straight sides. The
name pappardelle is derived from the Italian verb "pappare" which
means "to gobble up", and these large and flat noodles are perfect
for easy eating. There are an array of
ways you could make pappardelle pasta, but the recipe in this blog post
utilizes fresh mushrooms to make a unique taste.
If you have some bread that's gone stale this Florentine
salad can save you from having to waste food.
Panzanella (also known as panmolle) is a simple salad that uses stale
bread that's been soaked in olive oil and seasonings as its main
ingredient. In the past onions were a
main ingredient in the salad, but in the 20th century tomatoes
became more popular to use. Cucumbers,
boiled eggs, and fresh basil, mozzarella, anchovies, and other typical salad
garnishes can also be used in the dish.
Panzanella has been enjoyed for centuries. The 16th century poet and artist
Bronzino wrote about his love for onions with oil and vinegar served with
toast, and then immediately mentioned his love for a salad made up of purslane,
onions, and cucumbers. Some people
believe this particular food ballad describes the earliest form of panzanella
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