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March recipes

By Natoora Natoora

Swordfish, Pachino and Fennel

Serves 4

4 Swordfish Steaks 200gr each
200gr Cherry Tomatoes from Pachino
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Fennels
1 Garlic Clove
20gr Taggiasche Olives
100gr Chopped Wild Fennel
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Remove the skin from the swordfish, wash and finely slice the fennel. Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Heat 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan with the crushed garlic clove. Add the tomatoes and after a minute or so add the olives.

Remove the sauce from the pan, add the steaks and cook for a couple of minutes (make sure you do not overcook the fish or it will get a tough consistency).

Add salt and pepper, then add the wild fennel to the sauce and put back in the pan. Cook for another minute, then serve very hot topped with the sauce and a side of fennel dressed in oil and vinegar.


Osso Buco alla Milanese

Serves 4

4 Ossobuco Steaks 300gr each
Zest of 1 Lemon
1/2 Litre Beef Stock
50gr Butter
1 Garlic Clove
1 Small Onion
4Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
300gr Peeled Plum Tomatoes
Freshly Chopped Parsley
1 Glass Dry White Wine

Pierce the filmy layer around the steaks and dust them with flour. Gently fry the chopped onion in oil and butter, then remove from the pan and sieve.

Brown the steaks on both sides on a medium heat and add the wine. Add salt, pepper, the chopped peeled tomatoes and the onion, cover and cook for at least 1 and a half hours. Shake the pan occasionally and add some stock when the sauce dries up.

Finely chop the parsley, the garlic and the grated lemon zest. This is the final touch to this dish and needs to be added in the last five minutes of cooking.

Add another little bit of stock, stir well and serve with some Milanese risotto or some hot polenta. Try it today with our quality Osso Buco from Moen and Sons!


Stewed Mammole Artichokes

Serves 4

8 Mammole Artichokes
1 Clove of Garlic
1 Lemon
2 Tbsp Chopped Mint
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
50g Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley

This is how they do it Rome!

First you’ll need to prepare the artichokes.

1. Remove the tough outer leaves.
2. With a very sharp knige, cut the top so that you are left with the tender part only.
3. Cut the stalk leaving only 4cm.
4. Put the artichoke upside down and press it down with your hand so that the leaves will separate (you will need to stuff them later, this way you can access the center of the artichoke).
5. Put them in a bowl with cold water and the juice of a lemon (to prevent discolouration).

Now finely chop the garlic and mix with the chopped mint, parsley, breadcrumbs and a little olive oil. Drain the artichokes of excess water. Using a teaspoon, stuff the mix into the artichokes.

Heat some oil in a pan. Then put the artichokes in the pan, head side down. Lightly fry for a few minutes, and drizzle with olive oil. Add enough water to cover the first half of the artichoke, then add salt and cover.

After half an hour, check with a fork. If it’s tender, it’s ready! Serve immediately and drizzle with the juice from the pan. This is a fantastic accompaniment to meat, cheese or eggs.


Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes

Serves 4

1 Lemon
200gr Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg, Beaten
200ml Semi-Skimmed milk
200g Ricotta
1 knob Butter
Icing Sugar (to dust)
250g Mixed Berries

Mix the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Make a well in the middle, then pour in the egg and a bit of milk. With a wooden spoon, gradually draw the flour into the liquid until you have a smooth batter. Mix in the rest of the milk and the juice of half the lemon. Beat in the ricotta.

In a large, non-stick frying pan, add the butter. Heat and swirl the butter aroud to cover the bottom. If there is any extra, tip out the excess and reserve. Here we are making 3 or 4 pancakes at once, so spoon in tablespoons of batter, spaced well apart.

Cook on a medium heat for a couple of minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip over with a fish slice and cook for a couple more minutes until golden. Set aside and repeat until all the mixture is used up.

To serve, top with berries, grated lemon zest and a sprinkling of icing sugar.


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