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 05/18/10 Almond Coated Sole Fillets

"Chi tardi arriva, male alloggia." (Who came in late, finds a bad accommodation.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Olive and Roasted Pepper Salad with Fontina Cheese
  -Potato Souffle
  -Almond Coated Sole Fillets

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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 Recipe: Olive and Roasted Pepper Salad with Fontina Cheese

Olive and Roasted Pepper Salad with Fontina Cheese
Insalata d'Oliva e Pepe Arrosto con Fontina

Ingredients:

6 roasted yellow bell peppers, or 3 cups jarred roasted peppers, cut in 1/2-inch strips
1/2 lb Fontina cheese, cut in 1/4-inch matchsticks
1 cup pitted large green olives, sliced in 1/4-inch slivers
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon plus 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions:

Toss peppers, cheese and olives together in a bowl.

Whisk together the cream, mustard, vinegar and salt in a small bowl; whisk in the olive oil gradually until the dressing is emulsified.

Pour dressing over the salad; toss to coat.

Let salad sit at room temperature so flavors blend, 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley; toss.

The salad may be assembled and dressed an hour in advance and refrigerated. Let sit at room temperature before tossing with parsley and serving. Serves 6.

Note: To roast peppers, coat with 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast in 300 degree oven, turning occasionally, until skins are wrinkled and slightly charred, 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel; scrape out seeds.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Potato Souffle

Potato Souffle
Souffle di Patate

Ingredients:

1 and 3/4 lbs (800 grams) potatoes
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) breadcrumbs
4 eggs, separated
5 oz (150 grams) cooked ham or prosciutto, diced
3 oz (80 grams) butter, plus extra for greasing
7 fl oz (200 ml) double cream
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
4 tablespoons Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper 

Directions:

Cook the potatoes in salted, boiling water for 20 minutes until tender.

Drain and mash with a potato masher.

Place in a saucepan and stir in the butter and double cream over a low heat.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat.

Stir in the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Leave to cool slightly.

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

Grease a souffle dish with butter.

Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and turn to coat. Tip out any excess.

Beat the egg yolks into the potato mixture, one at a time, then stir in the ham (prosciutto) and Parmigiano cheese.

Stiffly whisk the egg whites and fold in.

Spoon into the prepared dish and bake for 20 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4 and bake for 5 minutes more. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Almond Coated Sole Fillets

Almond Coated Sole Fillets
Filetti di Sogliole alla Mandorle

Ingredients:

8 sole fillets, skinned
Plain flour, for dusting
2 eggs
4 oz (120 grams) almonds, coarsely chopped
3 oz (80 grams) butter
Salt and pepper
Fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, to garnish

Directions:

Lightly dust the fish with flour.

Beat the eggs with a little salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

Place the almonds in another shallow dish.

Melt the butter in a frying pan.

Dip the sole fillets first in the egg and then in the almonds to coat.

Add to the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side.

Transfer to a warm serving dish and garnish with parsley sprigs.

That's it!

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"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:

Berlusconi: "Italy's Borders Only Open to Pretty Immigrants"

Rome - February 13, 2010 - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi landed in hot water again after joking that Italy's doors were only open to attractive immigrants, news agencies reported Saturday.

The gaffe-prone politician, 73, held immigration talks Friday with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

Berisha looked uncomfortable as Berlusconi joked at a press conference, "We will only accept pretty girls from Albania."

Opposition lawmaker Paola Pellegrini slammed the quip, calling Berlusconi "an indecorous old man." Berlusconi was also facing a fresh sex scandal in his government Saturday as accusations that one of his right-hand men was offered "megagalactic" sex parties in return for illegally awarding public contracts, The Times of London reported.

Guido Bertolaso, 59, the head of the Civil Protection Agency, who became a national hero for overseeing the rescue efforts after the earthquake in Abruzzo last year, offered to resign twice this week after prosecutors said that he was under investigation over alleged sex parties and bribes for public contracts.

"Porca l'oca!" Yes, here we go again.

It's true that prohibiting Berlusconi from running off at the mouth can be compared to wrestling with a wild boar to save a vegetable crop but it should seem irrelevant when Silvio's hair is what preoccupies much of Italy's time these days. In particular, our news staff.

We're mesmerized by it...

We quite don't understand the off-broadway show taking place on his head. If you take a good look, there are signs of follicle damage to the unusually thick cranium very evident in this latest photo. Notice that the hairline is suspiciously straight, suggesting a touch of brown shoe polish here and there to lend a more ordered appearance.

But there seems so much body to the hair as there was before a Milan Duomo souvenir crash landed into his face...as though it was giving up the fight. It seems more lifeless, and there is a growing tendency towards fluffiness indicating glue and dyed cotton wool, teased out, may have been utilized to fill out the thinning patches.

We would certainly like to speak to his barber (if the barber hasn't been coerced to run for public office somewhere in Italy) before resorting to a toupee to solve the follicle deficiencies of his fellow citizens.

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