This dish was inspired by an Italian cooking show, Made in Italy, I came across the other day.
The photo doesn’t really show the dish however behind the crusted layer of sauce are rows of homemade cannelloni filled with mozzarella and veal mince. Making the pasta from scratch is time consuming but well worth the time. Practice makes perfect. Putting the cannelloni together was a lot harder than on the show! (funny that). Anyway, still delicious, and I am still amazed at how only a few simple ingredients make such incredible meals.
Osso buco is one of my favourite slow cooked dishes. This time I used veal shanks instead of beef. This is slow cooked in diced tomaotes and chicken stock for about 2 hours. The base of the sauce is onion, garlic, anchovies, celery, carrots and white wine. The longer you simmer the dish the better it will be. Don’t be impatient.
Served with mash potatoes, garnished with chives.
This is a classic Italian dish and the best thing about it is the variations you can do. Tonight I used fresh tomatoes and fried mushrooms. Mix it up by warming the tomatoes or frying sliced eggplants for eggplant bruschetta. Traditionally prepare bruschetta on ciabatta bread however this time I used a soy & linseed sourdough, another variation.
For a tip, rub garlic straight onto the toast rather than including it with the toppings. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter with parsley when ready to serve. Delicious.
I have a lot of favourite dishes but for slow cooking this has to be one of the best.
Behind the tomatoes, onion and celery you can see the shanks. They have been slow-cooked for over 3 hours in red wine, chicken stock and diced tomatoes (in an oven as I don’t own a slow-cooker). You only need a few ingredients to make this dish work as the slow-cooking does the hard work for you. Once ready, the meat will literally fall off the bone… definitely worth the wait. Serve with mash potato or polenta if you are adventurous, and of course red wine.
This dish has Italy all over it. It has meat, olives, capers, tomatoes and that’s about it. The simplicity of the flavours, when baked for over hour, create a homely, winter-warmer dish that was very delicious as described by those enjoying it. Served with green beans with tomato.