Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Daily Bite: Il Panino del Contadino

(The Farmer’s Sandwich)

I decided to post this recipe after reading one of my favorite food blog called: Il Cavoletto di Bruxelles.

Due to my recent obsession with food blogs, I wanted to share with you this very simple and incredibly tasty panino recipe.
The sweet flavor of the mortadella combined with the saltiness of the ricotta salata and the tanginess of the peppers make for the ultimate gourmand’s experience.

So here it goes:

In a small cup marinade some roasted red and yellow peppers that you can buy already prepared in a can (I like to make my own...but that's another story, or better, another recipe!). Cut them in thin slices and let them marinade in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper (I usually prefer black pepper, but you can also add red pepper flakes for the extra kick!). Add about 1 quarter cup of balsamic vinegar and let it sit for half an hour.

Cut 2 slices of Tuscan bread (or sourdough, if you prefer). Place some mortadella on the bottom, top it with a couple of slices of ricotta salata (salted ricotta). This is usually firmer then the regular fresh ricotta and I usually prefer the soft type (aged 6 months) to the harder one (aged 9 months).

If you are in the mood for a fresher and lighter taste, mozzarella can be used as well, instead of the ricotta.

Spread the peppers on top of the ricotta adding some of the vinegar and oil mixture.
You can either warm up your “beautiful creation” on the panini press or you can simply toast the bread in advance.

Bon appetito, Sigrid!
…..e famme sape’ se tte’ piaciuto!


Marian said...

Im so hungry nooow!!!
I miss ricotta. One of the things I miss from my country (which being like a little Italy, has adopted all italian products as if our own). Here in The Netherlands you dont find ricotta, or mortadela, panini, prociutto, formaggio parmessano, sardo... NIENTE!
This country is not known neither for its weather or cuisine (or style...) and I'm hungry now.

Cool Mama said...

Oh nooo! I couldn't even imagine my life without all this stuff! I mean, I eat all sort o stuff and different cousines...but once in a while I neeeeed my Italian fix!
Please give me a good reason to visit the Netherlands!

Marian said...

errrr legal weed?? LOL OK oK Museums, art...errrmmm...everything is clean and neat and pretty (kinda neurotic in a way)........and..... OK, i will get back to you on this one.

Sigrid said...

eccome no se non te lo faccio sape'?!
I haven't had time to cook this one yet, but I will, that's a promise! ;-)