10/12/11 Amaretti and Pumpkin Gnocchi

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Anchovy Sauce
  -Amaretti and Pumpkin Gnocchi
  -Roasted Halibut with Walnut Crust

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 Recipe: Anchovy Sauce

Anchovy Sauce
Salsa d'Acciughe


9 oz (250 grams) salted anchovies
7 fl oz (200 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove


Place the anchovies flat on a board, skin side up.

Press along the backbones with your thumb.

Turn them over and remove the bones.

Rinse the fish and then chop.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan.

Add the garlic and cook until it turns brown.

Remove the garlic and discard.

Add the anchovies and cook, mashing with a wooden spoon until they have completely disintegrated. Serves 4.

Note: Perfect for warm boiled vegetables, pasta and poached eggs.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Amaretti and Pumpkin Gnocchi

Amaretti and Pumpkin Gnocchi
Gnocchi di Amaretti e Zucca


2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) pumpkin, seeded, peeled and cut into chunks
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) Amaretti, crushed
4 eggs, lightly beaten
7 oz (200 grams) plain flour
2 oz (50 grams) butter
7 fresh sage leaves
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6.

Place the pumpkin in an ovenproof dish and bake for about 40 minutes until soft.

Mash the pumpkin with a potato masher while still hot.

Stir in the eggs, flour and Amaretti.

Season with salt and pepper.

Knead well and leave to rest for about 25-30 minutes.

Melt the butter in a frying pan.

Add the sage leaves and cook for several minutes.

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil.

Add teaspoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture, a few at a time, and remove with a slotted spoon as they slowly rise to the surface.

Place on a warm serving dish.

Pour the sage butter over the gnocchi and sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roasted Halibut with Walnut Crust

Roasted Halibut with Walnut Crust
Halibut al Forno con Crosta Noce


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
Six 8-ounce halibut fillets (each about 1-inch thick)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
Lemon wedges


Preheat oven to 450F.

Spray rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Mix walnuts, breadcrumbs, and all herbs in small bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Brush each fish fillet with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place fish on prepared baking sheet.

Sprinkle breadcrumb-herb mixture atop fish, dividing equally and pressing to adhere.

Roast fish until just dark in center, about 8 minutes (if crispier topping desired, preheat broiler and broil fish about 1 minute, watching carefully to prevent burning).

Transfer fish to plates and garnish with lemon wedges. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure, a sample of today's edition:

Kissing Arrested Mobsters On the Lips Is All the Rage In Naples

Naples - June 11, 2011 - A kiss is just a kiss, perhaps. But what does a smooch mean when it's planted on the lips of an alleged mobster by another man?

Observers of Italy's organized crime syndicates have been trying to trying to figure out the meaning of the kiss earlier this week by a young man in a crowd of onlookers outside Naples police headquarters as Daniele D'Agnese was about to be hustled into a squad car.

Four men in their 20s told police they wanted to greet D'Agnese, considered by investigators to be Amato's bodyguard, before he was taken to jail, according to a local Naples paper, which quoted one of them as saying "we haven't seen him in two years."

Although police tried to move the four back from the entrance of the police headquarters while D'Agnese emerged, one pushed forward, and while photographers and videographers caught the moment, the man embraced D'Agnese, then planted a firm kiss on his mouth.

The local paper wrote that the kiss was an "obvious gesture to the eyes of clan rivals" that foot soldiers in the Amato-Pagano crime family would still be loyal, despite the arrests.

Many mob bosses continue to run their crime families from behind bars, through messages given to visiting spouses or children, prosecutors say.

The kiss might also be meant to signal reassurance to D'Agnese that his family would continue to be cared for while behind bars.

Also being puzzled over were the T-shirts both Amato and D'Agnese were wearing when arrested. Each sported a shirt with an image of James Dean, the late U.S. actor. A newspaper noted another alleged clan member, Cesare Pagano, was also wearing a James Dean T-shirt when arrested a few months ago.

Some comments on Italian web sites have interpreted the shirt choice as being a way for mobsters to show they're all in the same clan, while others wondered if they were trying to identify with an actor whose roles depicted youthful rebellion and boldness.

What a touching story; a Napolitano crime family split up. You never read about things like this.

Remember, we're all here, no matter who we are (Romans, Sicilians, Calabrese, Eskimos). We're all searching for the truth and trying to make it through this unforgiving world. Correct? Si? Well...everyone except the Napolitani. They claim to know the truth.

We'll bet you never knew they can be so affectionate and friendly in Naples. Haven't you ever noticed the smiles the Napolitani give when they pick your pockets?

What is disturbing in all this is why the Naples police stand around like lummoxes while these soap operas go on. Who do they think make up the majority of onlookers who wait outside police headquarters all day? Eh? Throw an eggplant and you'll hit 7 suspects.

Is the police waiting till it gets to the point where these onlookers start pulling down pants?

The cops have to load their guns and fire recklessly at these amorous Napolitani! Take these people, push their faces into the car engine, and have them kiss the radiator fan while the car is running. Let's all have a good laugh.

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