Tags » 1. Antipasti (appetizers)

Eggplant Charlottes (Charlottes d'Aubergines)

A charlotte is usually a dessert, where a mold is lined with bread, cake, or biscuits, and then filled with custard or fruit. In this savory version, inspired by an appetizer I had at restaurant l’Ardoise in Bastia (Corsica), it is lined with slices of eggplant and filled with eggplant as well. 546 more words

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Samphire and Tomato Salad (Insalata di Asparagi di Mare e Pomodori)

Samphire (also known as marsh samphire, salicornia, or sea asparagus) is a salt tolerant plant that grows near the sea. In Italy it is called… 362 more words

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Scallops Gratin with Almonds (Capesante gratinate con le mandorle)

Another delicious seafood antipasto at La Perla in Calasetta was scallops gratin with almonds. The nice thing about Italian cooking is that once you know the ingredients (vocabulary) and cooking techniques (grammar), you can very easily reconstruct dishes (sentences) without even having to ask for the recipe. 642 more words

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Octopus and Radicchio Salad (Insalata di Polpo e Radicchio)

At seafood restaurant La Perla in Calasetta on the island of Sant’Antioco in the south-west corner of Sardinia we had many great seafood appetizers, including an octopus and radicchio salad. 849 more words

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Sea Bass Ceviche with Avocado

It is always a treat when friends cooks for me. This simple but tasty dish is based on an appetizer that our friends Merel and Barthold served at a dinner party at their house. 404 more words

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Patatas Bravas

“Bravo” is a Spanish word that can mean brave (as in courageous), but also wild, rough, or spirited, as in the name of the rough coastline near Barcelona (Costa Brava). 491 more words

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Smoked Sardines (Sardinas Ahumadas)

In Spain we visited the city of Logroño, which is in the Rioja wine region but also famous for its tapas scene. One of my favorite tapas I tried there was smoked sardines (served on toast with roasted bell pepper). 490 more words

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