Italian Vegetable Side Dishes
Contorni are the vegetables that typically accompany the secondo, or main course.
The word comes from the Italian word for 'contours' or 'outlines', a reflection of of the Italians belief that vegetables give shape and structure to a meal.
A collection of delicious vegetable dishes including artichokes, asparagus, green beans, cabbage, cardoons, carrots, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts.
Roasting vegetables is simple. Just add olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in a 400 degree oven. The flavor of every vegetable becomes concentrated and delicious.
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Fennel is native to the Mediterranean region, but has become widely naturalised in many parts of the world. This anise-flavored member of the parsley family is one of Italy's most popular vegetables.
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The word zucchini is the popular Italian name for summer squash. Practically every part of the zucchini plant is edible.
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This classic Sicilian sweet and sour eggplant dish is a cooked vegetable salad. Serve it as a side dish to meat or fish or as an appetizer with bread or polenta.
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Everyone knows that olive oil is a "good" fat, but at 120 calories per tablespoon , it's still best to use sparingly. Get the best of both worlds with an oil mister. Fill it with olive oil, pump to create pressure for an aerosol-like spray, then use it to apply a waistline-friendly amount of oil to salads, fish, vegetables, popcorn, and more.
Italian Salsa Verde
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon capers
In a mini food processor, puree all the ingredients.
Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle on fish or vegetables.
Makes 1 cup
Artichokes are popular throughout Italy but particularly among the Romans. Find out more about artichokes and try our variety of recipes, some made with fresh, frozen, or canned artichokes.
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3 WAYS TO
TO GET CRISP SKIN
Prick all over with a fork, rub with olive oil, and bake at 400 degrees F. for 1 hour.
TO MAKE THEM AHEAD
Individually wrap in foil and place in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
TO SPEED THEM UP
Prick all over with a fork and microwave on high for 10 to 20 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE COMPOUND BUTTER
Compound butter can make any simple vegetable taste gourmet. You can also use compound butter to top grilled steak, chicken, or fish.
1. Place 1 cup of unsalted, room temperature butter, 3 tablespoons of chopped herbs (like thyme, oregano, and parsley) and 1 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.
2. Use a rubber spatula to combine the ingredients.
3. Form the mixture into a log, about 1-inch in diameter, and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to 2 months.
4. Cut off a piece as needed and stir into cooked vegetables or spread on top of cooked meat or fish.
MANGIA BENE PASTA
Full of salami and cheese, it is a rich side dish, usually served with something simple, such as grilled meat, sausage, or a roasted chicken. When you cut into it, the melted cheese oozes out of the center.
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Replace your conventional noodles with healthy spiralized zucchini noodles.
Prepare sweet potato fries or seasoned curly fries. This tool is also good to use with apples, parsnips, jicama and a lot more!
This steamer cooks meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables with steam to retain nutrients while eliminating the need for calorie-rich cooking oils, sprays, and butter.
Making zucchini pasta is great for those following a low carb, gluten free, or paleo diet, using vegetables instead of pasta/noodles.
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