I’m continuing the tradition with an annual top 10 chart of the best recipes from Italian Notes in 2015. It always interesting to study reader behaviour, and according to Google Analytics the following 10 entries were the most popular recipes published on the blog over the last year. As always sweetness and crunch top the popularity barometer, but the list has a great variety including both pasta and meat. And there’s even a salad included.
Apart from being utterly delicious, this moist rice cake is supposed to be allergy friendly. The recipe has been adapted from a leaflet published by Ente Nazionale Risi, a public office under the Italian Ministry of Agriculture established to promote rice ‘made in Italy’.
Italian nachos are snacks served by the British restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian. They are made from fresh ravioli with a cheese filling that have been deep fried for a couple of minutes to crisp them up
Crispbread or ‘knækbrød’ as we say in Denmark is a flat, dry bread typical of Scandinavian. It is not unlike Italian biscuits and breadsticks, when made with lots of different seeds and a good olive oil as in this crunchy crispbread recipe.
Topping an apple cake with amaretti macaroons adds an elegant sweetness and crunch to an otherwise simple recipe. The amaretti should preferably be from Saronno half way between Milan and Como in Lombardy.
I’m not a great fan of pork, but these slow cooked pig cheeks with a refreshing gremolata make an exception. The taste is rich, complex and divine. The meat is tender and moist. And there is no risk of biting into discernible bits of fat.
‘Plin’ means pinch in Italian, and the pasta agnolotti plin has handmade spelled all over it. The shape originates in Piedmont, where it is traditionally made with a filling of pork, veal and cabbage, but these agnolotti plin with mushrooms aren’t half bad either.