Fillo pockets with radicchio, cheese and pears

fillo-pockets

Taschine di fillo con radicchio, provola e pere

Fillo pastry is a kind of “not when I am in the rush” thing, but with a few tricks you can have delicious bites in a relatively short time. Here are my “tricks”: 1) spray oil instead of brushing butter on each sheet (which also makes your recipe lighter), 2) lay together more than one sheet instead of working one at a time, and 3) opt for simply folding the pastry in pockets instead of forming more elaborated shapes. Here are my pockets with smoked mozzarella, radicchio and pears.

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Prune bites

Prunes and prosciutto or bacon is a well known and appreciated combination. In this recipe it is made even more interesting and delicious by the presence of the orange zest and black tea (recipe taken from my precious collection of Sale&Pepe). I served them as an appetizer for the Easter lunch with my husband’s parents and a couple of friends and they were very appreciated. The arugula simply dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil is an ideal start for a rich meal.

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Schiacciatina with potatoes

schiacciatina-patate

Fast and cheap it doesn’t mean in any way less tasty or less healthy. Well, this is probably the philosophy of Italian cooking, think at how tasty, nutritious, and cheap is a homemade dish of pasta… Potatoes, olive oil, flour and water, are the simple ingredients that allow you to easily prepare this beautiful appetizer or dinner. I promise that it will be very appreciated by everybody.

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