Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in romantic recipes | Posted on 06-10-2009
Romantic Picnic Recipes:
Few people in the world know romance like Italians. Few people also know the cultural value of great food like Italians. Put both of those together and what do you get? Romantic picnic recipes, Italian style. One of the best things about Italian food is that it just evokes sensual feelings of romance, probably because we think of Italy when we eat Italian food – and Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth. You do not have to go to a fancy restaurant to eat some high-quality Italian food, though. You can make it yourself, and take it on the romantic outing you have been planning for your partner. The three romantic picnic recipes below will give you a good sampling of an Italian-style romantic picnic.
Romantic Picnic Recipes: Bruschetta
All good meals have appetizers, and bruschetta is one of the best appetizers in the world. To make this classic Italian dish, you will first need to slice your ciabatta bread into slices that are about two inches long and two inches wide. Then, take 6 ripe plum tomatoes, parboil them (boil them for around a minute in water that has just been taken off of the heat), and carefully skin them before dicing them into chunks by hand. You will then need to gather 6 or 7 fresh basil leaves, 2 minced cloves of garlic, mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup of olive oil, a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, and freshly ground black pepper. Place the mozzarella cheese on the ciabatta bread and toast it in an oven until the cheese is melted. Then, chop the basil and mix it with the garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and tomatoes. Mix together. When the cheese is soft and melted (but not brown), remove the bread and place your mixture on top.
Romantic Picnic Recipes: Italian Pasta
For this dish, you will need fettuccine, enough for two people. You will also need 1 cup of olive oil, chopped oregano, a minced clove of garlic, ¼ cup of butter, Parmesan, Asiago, mozzarella, and Romano cheese, red peppers, and 1 cup of heavy cream. Boil the fettuccine in a pot of salted water until tender (yet not overcooked). Drain and set aside. While the pasta is boiling, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat, then add the other ingredients one by one. Make sure you also dice the red peppers before including them. Since you are using four cheeses, I recommend adding a 1 ½ cup of cheese (with equal parts from all four) to the mixture. Simmer until it forms a creamy, alfredo-like sauce. Then, just pour over the pasta, toss, and enjoy. You should make this as close to time for the picnic as possible to keep the food nice and warm, but if it loses a little heat it’s okay.
Romantic Picnic Recipes: Caesar Salad
This last recipe is pretty simple. Everyone has probably eaten Caesar salad at one point; this will be the classic recipe with a few additions. First, take a head of Romaine lettuce (but only the hearts and tender parts). Wash the leaves, pat them dry, and place them in a bowl. Then, add in a layer of grated Parmesan cheese, until there is a nice layer on top (but not too thick). Then, add grated Romano cheese to the top. You can make your own croutons by taking Italian bread and dicing it into 3/4-inch cubes. Lightly toss these in olive oil, sprinkle on minced garlic, and then sprinkle on grated Parmesan cheese and crumbled blue cheese (as well as a little salt). Bake on a baking sheet until golden brown. Once you have included the croutons, pour on Caesar dressing and splash the salad with a touch of olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinaigrette (approximately a tablespoon for each). Then, toss so that the leaves are basically covered by the sauce and mixture. Then serve.
Here you are. An Italian-style romantic picnic. As they say in Rome, Florence, Venice, and the other gorgeous cities of italy, “Buon appetito!”
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