08/02/11 Roasted Shrimp with Champagne Sauce

"Nella vita - chi non risica - non rosica." (In life: who risks nothing - gains nothing.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Green Bean, Orange, and Green Olive Salad
  -Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon with Fresh Herb Butter
  -Roasted Shrimp with Champagne Sauce

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 Recipe: Green Bean, Orange, and Green Olive Salad

Green Bean, Orange, and Green Olive Salad
Insalata di Fagioli Verde, Arance, e Olive


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
12 ounces small slender green beans, trimmed

2 oranges, all peel and white pith cut away
1/2 cup small green olives
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves


Whisk first 3 ingredients in small bowl.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cook beans in large saucepan of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

Drain, rinse, and pat dry.

Cut oranges in half, then crosswise into 1/3-inch thick slices; place in large bowl.

Mix in olives, parsley beans, and dressing.

Transfer to shallow dish. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon with Fresh Herb Butter

Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon with Fresh Herb Butter
Filetto Mignon In Crosta Porcini Con Burro Alle Erbe Fresche


3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 and 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 small garlic clove, pressed
1 and 1/2-ounce package dried porcini mushrooms
Six 1-inch thick filet mignon steaks


Mix first 4 ingredients in small bowl for herb butter.

Season butter to taste with salt and pepper.

Process dried porcini mushrooms in spice grinder to fine powder.

Transfer powder to plate.

Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper.

Press steaks into porcini powder to coat both sides well.

Melt 2 tablespoons herb butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Add steaks to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Transfer steaks to plates.

Spoon rounded tablespoon of herb butter atop each steak and serve. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Roasted Shrimp with Champagne Sauce

Roasted Shrimp with Champagne Sauce
Gamberi Arrosto con Salsa allo Champagne


2 cups brut Champagne
1/2 cup minced shallots

3 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional for brushing
2 and 3/4 pounds uncooked large shrimp (13 to 15 per pound), peeled, deveined, tails left intact
3 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
2 and 1/4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel, divided

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature, diced
Green beans with lemon and thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


Simmer champagne and shallots until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 25 minutes.

Combine 3 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, shrimp, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons thyme, and 1 and 3/4 teaspoons lemon peel in large bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Position 1 rack in bottom third and 1 rack in top third of oven.

Preheat to 450F.

Brush 2 heavy large rimmed baking sheets with olive oil.

Arrange shrimp on sheets.

Roast until opaque, 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring sauce base to simmer; remove from heat.

Whisk in butter in 4 additions.

Whisk in remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel.

Season with salt.

Arrange green beans on large platter; top with shrimp.

Spoon some sauce over; sprinkle with parsley.

Serve, passing remaining sauce separately. Makes 8 servings.

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:

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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