I don’t feel like working tonight, so I’ve decided to take the time to post two recipes that I have recently tried and liked: cipolle ripiene (stuffed onions) and biscottini al vinsanto (vinsanto-flavoured biscuits).
Ingredients for 2 people
- 4 large white onions
- stale bread
- extra-virgin olive oil
- 100gr of ground beef
- white wine
- bread crumbs
- grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
- salt and pepper
I used white onions but you can use any other type I guess, provided they have a regular round shape.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Peel the skin off the onions and blanch them for 5 minutes in the boiling water.
In the meanwhile, put the stale bread to soak in milk. Drain the onions and, using a spoon or a small knife if they are still quite hard, remove the centres and put them aside.
Fry the onion centres in a large pan with some extra-virgin olive oil. Add the ground meat and cook for 2 or 3 minutes.
Add some white wine and cook for 5 more minutes – or until the liquid is completely evaporated – stirring frequently.
When the meat and onions are cooked, pour them in a bowl and add 1 egg, a spoonful of parmesan, some bread softened in milk and a couple of spoons of bread crumbs. Stir well, and use the mix to stuff the onions.
Put the onions on a greased baking tin, dress with a few drops of olive oil, a pinch of bread crumbs, and bake at 200°C (390°F) for 25-40 minutes (depending on the size of the onions)-
I am very sorry that I don’t have a photo of the final product! They were too good to take a picture!! We couldn’t resist and ate them all!!!
Biscottini al Vinsanto
- 250gr of flour
- 100gr sugar
- a glass of vinsanto (approx.100gr)
- 100gr of oil, better if seed oil
- some baking powder for cakes (half a bag, approx. 8-10gr)
- a pinch of salt
- pine nuts
Put the flour, the baking powder, the sugar and the salt in a bowl and then add the oil and the vinsanto. Mix well and then add the raisins.
With a spoon, pour small piles of the mix on a baking tin and decorate with pine nuts.
Bake at 180°C for 30-40 minutes, making sure they don’t overcook. The biscuits must be dry, and are excellent if you dip them in vinsanto.
You can add a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Ok, this photo is not mine… but they looked exactly like these. We couldn’t resist and we ate them all before I could take a picture!
They are excellent dipped in vinsanto too!
If you are interested in learning how to cook like a Tuscan, write to us! I give cooking lessons, and it’s a lovely excuse to spend some time chatting by the stove with a good glass of wine in our hands!
The onion recipe is fabulous! (Somewhat like the stuffed peppers we have in Louisiana.) My blog is called The Block. I’ve listed yours to follow because we go to Italy every year and I want to learn more about Italy. You’re very helpful. Thanks, Kittie