I brought along my first cookbook of Lidia's with me JUST IN CASE she showed up and could sign it for me. I was soo excited! We ordered the Sunday Family Style Dinner which was really like a tasting menu, but it was plenty for all of us. We started with a tray of fine proscuitto and salami, 4 small salads - baby beets with gorgonzola and camembert, octopus salad, shrimp salad and fingerling potatoes. Onto the pasta course;
Three Fresh Ravioli stuffed with Pear and Pecorino Cheese - amazing! (I found the recipe and will be posting), and lasagna. Meat course consisted of baby lamb chops, flat iron steak, roasted chicken and fresh sweet italian sausages.
The dishes were served family style and the bakeware was beautiful! I just happened to find it on QVC.
Now for dessert!
Little tiramisu, open cannoli and a blueberry tart - just enough to end the meal.
Did I tell you we ordered an $85 bottle of wine?
Hey - you only live once and it was my birthday :o)
They brought this out for me!
On to the recipe. Her new cookbook features recipes from all the regions of Italy. This next dish is from Lombardy. It's a no-stir technique. The name comes from Pitocchi (taken from the Greek word for "poor") where beggars roamed the lowlands during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries seeking food; usually a plain rice dish is what they got.
1-1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup onion cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup carrot cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup celery cut into 1-inch chunks
2 plump garlic cloves, peeled
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry white wine
5 cups hot chicken stock
2 cups Italian short-grain rice, such as Arborio
2 Tbsp. butter, cut in pieces
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano,
Trim any excess far from the chicken thighs, and cut them into 1-inch chunks
Using a food processor, mince the onion, carrot, celery and garlic into a fine texture. Pour the olive oil in the saucepan, and set over medium-high heat. Stir in the vegetable mixture and season with salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture has dried and begins to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Toss in the chicken, bay leaf and salt. Stir the chicken in the pan until browned and caramelized, about 6 minutes. Raise the heat, pour in the white wine and cook, stirring and scraping up the browned bits in the pan, until the wine has almost evaporated.
Pour in the stock, then add the rice. Stir well. Bring to a boil, cover the pan and reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook for about 14 minutes until both the rice and the chicken chunks are fully cooked and the consistency is creamy.
Turn off the heat, drop in the butter pieces, and stir until well incorporated. Stir in the parsley and 1/2 cup grated cheese. Spoon into warm pasta bowls and serve immediately. Pass additional cheese at the table.
It was a great birthday!
~From Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy
~Menu Planning Monday
~Menu Planning Monday
Looks awesome I love this poor mans risotto version! The desserts look yummy!ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed this post. Lidia is one of my favorite chefs. Sounds like you had a memorable meal. xo,ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a great B-Day Patti! The recipe looks great too:@)ReplyDelete
What a THRILL for you to be able to dine at Lydia's for your birthday and for her to sign your cookbook. I tape all of her shows and have all but one of her cookbooks. When she started selling her bakeware on QVC, I purchased ALL of it in the green and yellow theme. I just love it! I am going to try this risotto and the next recipe that you're planning on baking from Lydia! What a great post!ReplyDelete
Hey! Just wanted to invite you over to share one of your wonderful recipes at my link party- Savory Sundays!! Have a great week!!ReplyDelete
Yum! This looks great! Thanks for linking up to Savory Sunday!!ReplyDelete
Patti, happy birthday! What a great place to celebrate. Lydia is a lovely woman and a fantastic chef. I am going to make this dish. I haven't seen her on QVC in a while, though. So glad your birthday was fun, and what a tasting menu that was - a feast! xoReplyDelete