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  1. Salmon Chickpea Fishballs

    May 5, 2017 by Varga László


    Salmon Chickpea Fishballs

    I was in mood to cook something with fish, soon after i made the arancini so I was in mood for balls.

    I found on my shelves a can of chickpeas and no bread, so i decided to use the chickpeas as the binding agent for my fishballs.

    Being springtime I used green garlic and green onions, you could use the regular non-spring versions as well but these greens give a fresh flavor and a nice color and texture.

    The final outcome was not only very pretty but also so yummy!

    This is my special new recipe, pretty quick and straightforward:

    Ingredients (2 servings):

    • 1 can chickpeas

      1 can chickpeas
    • 300-400 g boneless salmon fillets

      boneless salmon fillets
    • 1 egg
    • 2 green garlics
    • 1 green onion
    • 100 g breadcrumbs
    • 100 g shredded mozzarella cheese
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • frying oil enough to fill the skillet

    Preparation method:

    1. With a fork, mash the canned chickpeas, discard the liquid from the can.
    2. Dice the salmon then chop them with a kitchen knife until the pieces are quite small, but not a paste

      Dice the salmon then chop them with a kitchen knife until the pieces are quite small, but not a paste
    3. Chop the green garlic and onion.

      Chop the green garlic and onion


      Chop the green garlic and onion
    4. Mix together in a bowl the mashed chickpeas, salmon, mozzarella cheese, chopped green onion and garlic, a whole egg, salt and pepper to taste.

      Mix together in a bowl the mashed chickpeas, salmon, chopped green onion and garlic, a whole egg, salt and pepper to taste

      Mix together in a bowl the mashed chickpeas, salmon, chopped green onion and garlic, a whole egg, salt and pepper to taste
    5. Form small ball the size of a chestnut from this mixture.
    6. Lay the breadcrumbs in a tray and roll the fishball into the breadcrumbs to get a uniform coating.

      Lay the breadcrumbs in a tray and roll the fishball into the breadcrumbs to get a uniform coating
    7. Heat the frying oil in a deep enough skillet, and fry the fishballs over medium high heat until they get a nice golden color. Don’t overcrowd the pan, not to burn them.

      Salmon Chickpea Fishballs


      Salmon Chickpea Fishballs

  2. Aquapazza – Italian Seafood Soup Recipe

    September 16, 2015 by Varga László

    Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 8

    Ingredients (4-6 servings)

    • 500 g mulletsAquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 1
    • 500 g mussels
    • 500 g mackerel fillets
    • 4 tomatoes
    • 1 garlic head
    • 1 red hot chili pepper
    • 2 green onion
    • olive oil
    • 200 ml Italian red wine – I used some Montepulciano
    • 200 ml water
    • Salt to taste
    • grated mozzarella (optional)

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash and clean the fishes and mussels.
    2. Chop the garlic and chili pepper.
    3. Dice finely the tomatoes.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a medium soup pot, add the garlic and fry it until fragrant over medium heat.  Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 2
    5. Add the diced tomatoes to the pot and keep frying, stirring until tomatoes are softenAquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 3
    6. Add the cleaned mullets and mussels and fry them for another 1-2 minutes.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 4
    7. Add the wine and water and the mackerel fillets and cook for about 3-5 minutes over low heat.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 5Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 6
    8. Add the chopped green onions and cook for another 30 seconds.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 7
    9. Serve while hot, garnish with some extra chopped green onions.
    10. You can top it with some grated mozzarella to melt.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 9

  3. Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    May 19, 2015 by Varga László

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    Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    I was recently for a long weekend in Southern Italy, in Puglia and Basilicata.
    The food there was very tasty, a lot of seafood and other fresh but simple ingredients.
    i Will definitely try soon some of the local recipes like the “patate riso e cozze” (potatoes. rice and mussels) or “orecchiette con cime di rapa” (orechiette pasta with broccoli rabe) and so on…

    When in Matera, a wonderful town, I bumped into the town’s farmer market.
    There were a lot of fresh greens, olives and other yummy vegetables.
    But what caught my eyes were the local cheese called caciocavallo – a semi matured cheese made from cow’s milk.
    The best of the best was though the sundried tomatoes – called in Italian pomodori secchi – so fragrant and red. I even bargained a bit for them 🙂
    The orange flavored linguine I bought from another picturesque town -Alborebello.

    When I returned home I improvised a recipe based on these 3 main ingredients: sundried tomatoes, caciocavallo cheese and orange linguine and here is the recipe:

    Ingredients (4 servings):

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    • 50-75 g salted sundried tomatoes
    • 200 g caciocavallo cheese (or other hard cheese like provolone)

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      Linguine all’Arancia

    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 100 ml heavy cream
    • 1 small chilli pepper
    • virgin olive oil

    Preparation method:

    1. Cook the linguine pasta according to their instructions in salty water.
    2. Soak the sundried tomatoes in water.
    3. Chop coarsely the garlic cloves.
    4. Cut the cheese in small pieces.
    5. Heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
    6. Add the chopped garlic, chili pepper and sundried tomatoes and fry until fragrant and the tomatoes are a bit roasted.

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      Pomodori Secchi – Sundried Tomatoes

    7. Add the cheese to the pan and fry a few seconds until it starts to melt.

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      Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    8. Drain the pasta and add to the pan.
    9. Stop the fire, add the cream and stir carefully to mix them all together.

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      Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

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      Linguine all’Arancia con Pomodori Secchi – Apulian Italian Orange Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes