Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on my blog or talking to me will know I adore all things cheese and all food Italian. I have been planning on making a full fledged Italian meal forever now but never got around to doing it. The Thali theme for this month’s Blogging Marathon finally forced my hand and I ticked an item off my bucket list.
Disclaimers first – This may not be an authentic Italian meal considering it is purely vegetarian except for an egg in the Eggplant Parmigiana. This would be the meal you would have in popular Italian restaurants in India. My limited research tells me the meal usually consists of –
Antipasti / Starters
Primo / First course – Usually a risotto or pasta
Secondo / Second course – Usually some meat or fish
Dolce / Dessert
I have made –
Bruschetta – A simple and lip smacking starter that goes well with the soup
Pasta in Arrabiata Sauce for the First Course
Eggplant Parmigiana – A tasty baked eggplant dish topped generously with cheese
Mushroom and Capsicum Pizza with lots of Mozzarella cheese – I used a healthy pizza crust recipe with oats and wheat flour which results in a guilt free indulgence.
Vanilla Panna Cotta – An easy and quick dessert to round up the meal
The usual Italian meal also includes a cheese platter and seasonal fruits. I have omitted them and replaced that with a Pizza in typical Indian style because all we know about the Italian cuisine is pizza, pizza and some more pizza.
I have detailed the recipe for Bruschetta here which is a perfect answer to an easy and tempting starter and can be made quickly if you have unexpected guests.
This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme – Thalis.