Pecorino Toscano PDO flavoured “occhi di bue” (Italian biscuits) stuffed with mango chutney

Pecorino Toscano PDO flavoured occhi di bue (Italian biscuits) stuffed with mango chutney



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Ingredients

Pecorino Toscano flavoured cookies:

  • 100 g of unbleached flour
  • 20 g of blanched almonds
  • 90 g of grated Pecorino Toscano PDO
  • 50 g of butter
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mango chutney:

  • 300 g of mango pulp
  • 80 g of red onion
  • 60 g of sugar
  • 10 g of pectin
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of corn oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • A little powdered saffron


Preparation

Crush the almonds into powder. Add them to flour, grated Pecorino Toscano, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it between your fingers with the flour until the dough is crumbly.
Add the beaten egg yolk and, if you need to make the dough more compact, add a bit of egg white.
Knead quickly without overheating the dough, put it into some plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Take it out five minutes before using it.
Pull the dough to the rolling pin until it is about 3 mm thick, make circles with a cookie cutter, and let them rest.

Thinly slice the onion and fry it on low heat with the oil.
After a few minutes, add the grated garlic and, when the onions are soft, add diced mango, sugar, pectin, and salt. Stir well, then add vinegar and spices.
Cook until the jam becomes firmer. For a smoother consistency, puree it with the blender.

Put a bit of mango chutney on top of each circle. Cover the chutney using another circle with a hole in the centre.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then bake at 180 ° C for about 15 minutes. Let the biscuits rest for a while, then serve them.



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Beet muffins stuffed with Pecorino Toscano PDO and decorated with beet hummus

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Ingredients

for 12 muffins

  • 2/3 cup (100 g) beet puree (cooked or raw),
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
  • 1 cup (225 ml) whole milk,
  • 1 beaten egg,
  • 2 ¾ cup (275 grams) unbleached flour,
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder,
  • ½ cup (50 grams) Pecorino Toscano PDO,
  • salt and pepper to taste

Beet hummus

  • 2/3 cup (150 g) chickpeas (cooked),
  • 80 g beetroot (precooked, vacuum),
  • 1/3 cup (30 grams) grated Pecorino Toscano PDO,
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.


Instructions

For 12 muffins

Clean the beets with a damp cloth and cook in pan for 20 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of the beets. You can skip this paste, using pre-cooked beets. Blend the beetroot. In a kitchen robot, or with an electric mixer if you don’t have one, put the beet puree, add salt, pepper, beaten egg, flour, cheese, yeast, oil. Turn it on to low speed, add some milk a little at a time. Turn up to high until all the ingredients are well-mixed. Continue to knead the dough for 10 minutes. Fill the cups of a muffin pan until 3/4 full using an ice cream scoop. Bake at 375 °C (200 °C) for 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick, and if it comes out clean, then they’re ready. Allow to cool before decorating them.

Beet hummus

Cut the beets into pieces. Put the beets, the drained chickpeas, and the pecorino cheese in a blender. Purée all the ingredients until wellblended. Add three tablespoons of oil and a drop of water until you get the consistency you want. Fill a pastry bag with the beet hummus. Carefully make a hole in each muffin and decorate it with beet hummus. Grate some Pecorino on the muffin to top it off.



Erica Zampieri from blog Sapori e dissapori
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Beef rolls stuffed with Pecorino Toscano PDO and sour grapes

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Ingredients for 4 people

  • 8 slices of scallops of beef,
  • Pecorino Toscano PDO,
  • ½ cup (100 g) butter,
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
  • a few sage leaves,
  • 1 egg,
  • white flour,
  • bread crumbs,
  • salt,
  • pepper,
  • 4 cups (400 g) white grapes,
  • ¾ cup (200 g) of white vinegar,
  • 3/8 (100 g) dry white wine,
  • ½ cup (120 g) sugar,
  • a few juniper berries


Instructions

Thoroughly rinse the grapes; remove the stems from the grapes and then cut them in half and remove the seeds with the tip of a box cutter. I recommend picking the firmer grapes. In a pan pour in the vinegar and the wine; bring to a boil, add the juniper berries and sugar and reduce heat to low. When the sugar has melted, add the grapes. Stir gently so that everything is washed with liquid. Continue cooking over low heat for about ten minutes checking that everything does not dry out. Meanwhile, cut the Pecorino Toscano PDO into cubes measuring ½ inch (10.8 mm) in width and the height a little less than the width of the slices of meat.

Chop some sage leaves into fine pieces. Lie out the slices, sprinkle with the sage, put the cheese on the edge of the slice of meat, and wrap it up to make a roll. Insert a wooden toothpick in it to hold it all together. In three separate bowls, put flour in one, a beaten egg in the second one and bread crumbs in the last one.

Dip the rolls in flour and wait a few minutes. Meanwhile, remove the grapes from the pan, put in a bowl and keep them warm. Raise the heat slightly of the remaining bittersweet sauce so as to reduce it in half. Careful not to reduce it too much otherwise you will have some sort of caramel.

Dip the rolls in egg, covering them all over and then put them in the breadcrumbs making sure that they stick to the roll on all sides. Pour the extra virgin olive oil in a pan and heat until it starts to bubble. Fry the rolls in the oil on all sides. When they’re completely cooked, remove the rolls and drain them on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil and then take out the toothpicks. Place the grapes on one side of the plate and then drizzle the grape sauce on top. Add two rolls and top it all off with a sage leaf.



Gianluigi Senaldi from blog Cocogianni o cuocogianni?
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Autumn salad with Pecorino Toscano PDO and grape citronette

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Ingredients for 4 people

  • 4 slices of day-old bread,
  • 1 bunch of chicory,
  • 1 celery stalk including the leaves,
  • 2 cups white chickpeas,
  • 4 slices aged Pecorino Toscano PDO one centimeter thick,
  • 1 small bunch of Italian white grapes,
  • 1 garlic clove,
  • 1 small red pepper,
  • extra virgin olive oil,
  • salt, pepper
  • a few drops of lemon.


Instructions

Soak the chickpeas overnight, then cook them in plenty of water with a bay leaf for a couple of hours. Drain and place them in the salad. Cut some slices of bread into small croutons and put in the oven to toast with a tablespoon of oil and a little salt. I washed and dried the celery. Cut it into small pieces and place in the salad.

Wash and dry the grapes. I took two-thirds of them, cut them in half, removed their seeds and added them to the celery. (I chose Italian grapes because I tried the crunchy sweetness but not absolute). I washed, dried chicory and I cut into 6 to 7 cm pieces. I crushed a clove of garlic and put it to fry in a wok with two tablespoons of oil and a little pepper.

Add the chicory to the garlic and cook for about ten minutes on high heat. The chicory must not wither completely, but should stay crisp. Once cooked, remove the garlic and the red pepper and chicory and add to the other ingredients in the salad. Cut the cheese into cubes and add them to the salad. Take the leftover grapes and put them into a blender to make whole smoothies.

Filter through a mesh strainer dense and pour into a tall glass. Add a few drops of lemon juice, ten tablespoons of olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper and beat with a whisk. Add the warm crunchy croutons to the salad and top off with grape citronette.



Sabrina Gasparri from blog Les Madeleines di Proust
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Pecorino Toscano gnocchi in mushroom cream

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Ingredients (4 people)

For the gnocchi:

  • 400 g of Pecorino Toscano PDO
  • 70 g of cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 egg
  • 30 g of breadcrumbs
  • 30 g of flour
  • 4 tablespoons of EVO oil

For the mushroom cream:

  • 500 g of porcini mushrooms
  • 500 ml of vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons of EVO oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 1 potato
  • Parsley to taste


Instructions

Finely grate the Pecorino Toscano and put it into a bowl. Add cottage cheese and turmeric, then mix them with a wooden spoon. Put the dough on a floured surface, add the egg, flour, and breadcrumbs, and then mix with your hands. Divide the dough into 2 cm thick strands and cut the gnocchi with a knife.

Move on to prepare the mushroom cream. Clean the mushrooms with a kitchen brush, gently remove the cap from the stem, and cut both into thin slices lengthwise. Peel and dice the potatoes. Put the oil into a frying pan and let the garlic brown; add the diced potato and mushrooms, then cook over high heat for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the vegetable stock, and cook for about 20 minutes over medium heat. Remove the garlic and blend the mixture into a food processor; strain with a soup strainer for a smooth consistency. Cook the gnocchi in boiling salted water. Pour the mushroom cream into a soup plate, drain the gnocchi, and gently place them over the cream. Drizzle with EVO oil and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve hot.



Sara Bonaccorsi from blog Cucina con Sara
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Chickpea gnocchi stuffed with Pecorino Toscano PDO and curry

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Ingredients

For the dumplings:

  • 1 3/8 cup (125 g) of chickpea flour,
  • 1 ¼ cup (125 g) unbleached flour,
  • 1 tablespoon curry,
  • 1/3 cup (30 g) grated Pecorino Toscano cheese PDO,
  • salt125 g di farina di ceci,

For the filling:

  • 1 ½ cup (150 g) Pecorino Toscano cheese PDO,
  • 1 tablespoon curry,
  • milk to taste

For the sauce:

  • ½ cup (50 g) Pecorino Toscano cheese PDO,
  • 1 teaspoon curry,
  • ½ cup (100 g milk)

To garnish:

  • A handful of chopped walnuts,
  • freshly ground black pepper


Instructions

Sift together the flours with a pinch of salt.
Boil 1 cup (2.5 dl or 250 ml) of water, just to boil turn off, add the flour mix and curry, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon.
Let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until it’s firm and smooth.
Prepare the filling by mixing Pecorino cheese, curry powder with a few drops of milk with your hands. Shape into gnocchi with slightly damp hands. Put in a bit of stuffing and close them back up, rolling the ball between the palms of your hands, so that the filling does not spill out.
Arrange on a floured surface. Boil water in a pot, and when it starts to boil, add two teaspoons of salt. Cook the gnocchi until they begin to rise to the surface.
When they rise to the surface, wait a few more minutes before removing them. Prepare the sauce by melting the cheese with curry and milk. When the dumplings are ready, toss in  the pan with the cream and garnish with chopped walnuts and a generous helping of black pepper.



Valeria Gallorini from blog Una gatta in cucina
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Beet gnocchi stuffed with Pecorino Toscano PDO on pecorino cream cheese

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Ingredients

For the gnocchi:

  • 2 lbs (1 kg) of potatoes,
  • 1 pre-cooked beetroot,
  • 1 egg,
  • 2 ½ cups (300 grams) wheat flour,
  • 1/3 cup (30 g) Pecorino Toscano PDO

For the filling and cream:

  • 1 cup (100 g) of Pecorino Toscano PDO,
  • 1/3 cup (80 grams) Philadelphia cream cheese,
  • 2/3 cup (150 ml) of milk


Instructions

Boil the potatoes for 40 minutes, peel them and mash them with a potato masher while they’re still warm.
Allow to cool.

Once they’re cool, add the flour, egg, pecorino cheese, a pinch of salt and start kneading the dough. and half a beet and keep kneading it until you get a nice piece of dough. (If
you have them, I suggest putting on gloves. Otherwise you’ll end up with red hands). Allow to sit for a bit, while you prepare the filling.

Grate 1/3 cup (100 grams) cheese and mix with the cream cheese.

Roll the dough out into long cylinders. Cut into chunks, take each piece of gnocchi in the palm of your hand, form a basin and add a bit of stuffing and close tightly to make a ball. Continue until you finish the dough. I stuffed some of the gnocchi (I calculated about 6 stuffed dumplings per person) and the others I left plain. If I had to redo them, I would prepare only stuffed one.

In the meantime, boil the water in a pot. Cook the gnocchi for a short time (only about a minute), and when they surface they are ready, drain and keep them warm.

Prepare the filling: warm up the milk and melt the leftover filling. You can also add the grated Pecorino if you’d like.

Put one or two tablespoons of cream in the pot, place the dumplings on top, pour a little cream and serve hot. You can sprinkle a bit of Pecorino Toscano on top if you want.



Alessandra Molla from blog Sweet cakes by lalla
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Pecorino Toscano PDO ice cream, candied ginger, black salt, crunchy pink shrimp seasoned with spicy black salt , cold Tropea onion and basil and pear sponge cake

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Ingredients for 4 people

For the Tuscan pecorino PDO cheese ice cream

  • A pound and a half fresh cream,
  • one pound fresh Tuscan pecorino PDO,
  • ½ cup (50 grams) Tuscan pecorino PDO,
  • one egg white,
  • two sprigs of marjoram,
  • black salt flakes,
  • white pepper

For the crispy pink shrimp:

  • 3 ounces pink shrimp,
  • salt and white pepper to taste

For candied ginger:

  • 4 cups (200 grams) fresh ginger,
  • granulated sugar,
  • a bit of pepper,
  • water,
  • one cold onion,
  • one rather large red onion,
  • a liter of water,
  • one pound cane sugar,
  • 1/3 cup (80 grams) apple cider vinegar or white wine,
  • unrefined salt

For the pear and basil sponge cake:

  • Two eggs, one yolk,
  • ¾ cup (80 grams) unbleached flour,
  • twenty basil leaves,
  • one pound overripe and soft chopped pears,
  • coriander seeds,
  • salt to taste


Instructions

Peel the ginger and cut into half a centimeter cubes. Put in a pot with a liter of water and let it cook for forty minutes. then drain the ginger, weigh it and put it back in the pot together with the same amount of sugar, covering it with a small amount of water and then add a piece of chili – it should just be barely spicy enough – and bring it to a boil, until the water is almost completely evaporated. Then transfer the ginger to a sheet of oven paper, let it dry for at least six hours and then mix it with the sugar. Put grated cheese in a saucepan with the cream and marjoram and bring to a simmer on very low heat until it all dissolves.

Let cool, then whisk the egg white until it is quite firm and then add it to the saucepan. Pour the mixture into a container and place it in the freezer for an hour. Peel and chop up the onion. Then, take a pan and cook the onion, vinegar and sugar in some water and bring to a boil. When the sugar has dissolved, add the onion, cover and cook for about an hour, then drain the onion. Weigh it and put it in a blender. Add a small amount of cooking liquid equivalent to half the onion’s weight, then blend until the mixture is smooth. then put it in the freezer, stirring occasionally. After it has frozen, take it out.

Add in the unrefined salt and ginger. Put back in the freezer until just before serving. Clean the shrimp and cook the heads to make a light broth, using a ladle to stir the shrimp. Put the baking paper on a baking tray and pour the mixture in it until you get a layer a few millimeters thick, and then bake at 180 °F (80 ° C) until it becomes a crispy wafer. To make the basil and pear sponge cake, beat the eggs and egg yolk together, then add the flour. Mix it all together with the basil leaves, the pear pulp, a pinch of salt and freshly ground coriander seeds. Sift the mixture and turn on the whipping siphon, add two charges of gas, shake and then whip up the mixture and put into two glasses up to about two-thirds full. Put the glasses in the microwave and cook on full power for one minute, then remove the spongecake from the glasses.

Serve a spoonful of cold onion on the dish and place a ball of ice cream on it. Place the crispy shrimp on top, and then garnish with the sponge cake pieces. Serve immediately.



Andrea Zinno from blog Tra Pignatte e Sgommarelli
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Mediterranean Fish&Chips

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Ingredients for 6 people

  • Mussels,
  • vitelotte potatoes,
  • red-skinned potatoes,
  • one orange yam,
  • flour,
  • breadcrumbs,
  • white sesame and / or black sesame seeds,
  • peanut oil,
  • one beaten egg,
  • salt

For cheese mousse:

  • ½ cup (50 g) Pecorino Toscano PDO,
  • ½ cup (50 g) grated aged pecorino cheese DOP,
  • 1 ½ cup (350 g) fresh cream,
  • fresh thyme


Instructions

For cheese mousse:
heat the cream, add a few sprigs of thyme and let sit for 30-40 minutes. Then remove the thyme from the cream. Bring to a boil in a saucepan and add the cheese: mix gently until well-blended. Sieve. Put in refrigerator to solidify.

For the potatoes:
Wash each potato, rubbing the skin with a scouring pad to remove any residual dirt and / or any imperfections. Dry them and cut them into fries (without peeling) with a  mandolin, and then arrange them on a clean cloth. Blot with paper towels.

For the mussels:
It’s not worth opening the mussels when they’re raw. It’s longer and more difficult. Better to put them in a large skillet after washing and going through them one by one to remove any remaining dirt with a cloth. Put them on the stove and cook them on high heat in a covered pot. In a minute or two the mussels will begin to open. Take out the mussels that come out of their shells easily: discard those which didn’t open. Dab mussels with paper towels. Coat them in a thick layer of flour and sift to remove any excess flour. Then dip them in the beaten egg and then in the breadcrumbs. You can leave them like that or mix them with white and / or black sesame seeds. They can be breaded in advance. Just store them in the refrigerator on a plate dusted with breadcrumbs and cover it with a sheet of aluminum.

To fry the potatoes:
Put two pans on the stove, a larger one for the potatoes, and the other one for the mussels with plenty of peanut oil in each one. Bring the temperature of the oil to 350°F (170/180 °C). Fry the potatoes, first the white ones, then the orange ones and finally the violet ones. They’ll be ready in a few minutes. Drain on paper towels. Season with salt just before serving. Also fry the mussels in the other pan and drain on paper towels. Do not add salt.

Serve the fish and chips with cheese mousse and … cheers!



Cinzia Martellini Cortella from blog Cindystar
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Coniglio farcito con guanciale e Pecorino Toscano DOP

Rabbit stuffed with guanciale (cured pork cheek)

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Coniglio farcito con guanciale e Pecorino Toscano DOP

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Ingredients for 8 people

  • 2 pounds (1.2 kg) boned Leprino rabbit,
  • 1 ½ cup (150 g) boiled chicory,
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
  • 1/2 clove Kissingarlic,
  • Siloam yellow chili,
  • 1/3 cup (90 g) bacon,
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) coppata bacon
For cooking:
  • 1 carrot,
  • 1/2 golden onion,
  • 1/2 garlic clove Kissingarlic,
  • 1 glass of brandy,
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For the cheese fondue:
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk,
  • 1/3 cup (100 ml) cream,
  • 2/3 cup (60 g) cheese,
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
For brandy gravy:
  • gravy Rabbit,
  • brandy,
  • flour,
  • brown stock rabbit.


Instructions

After removing the rabbit bones, double check that there are no small bones left. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and then add garlic. Cook garlic for one minute. Then  add the chicory (which you should have already boiled in salted water). Add a pinch of chili pepper. Let cool. Coat the rabbit with slices of bacon. Cover with chicory cut into small pieces and sprinkle the coarsely grated cheese on top. Stitch up the hole using a needle and silk thread. Coat with bacon coppata and close it with string. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Pour 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil on the bottom of a baking dish. Then, put the chopped carrot, onion and garlic on top. Lie down and put the rabbit in the oven.  After 15 minutes, pour the rabbit brandy on top. Continue cooking for another 45 minutes. Then take it out of the oven, Cover it in foil and let it sit a while. Enjoy!

Prepare the sauce

Grate the cheese. Heat the cream with milk without letting it boil. Add the cheese and let it melt using a whisk. If it comes out too watery, add 1 teaspoon of starch.

For the gravy

Transfer the pan in which you cooked the rabbit on two burners. Let it boil. Pour the brandy over the rabbit. Scrape the pan in the meantime so it doesn’t stick. Strain the sauce  through a sieve. Put on the burner on low heat and add two tablespoons of flour. Cook for 10 minutes, add the brown rabbit stock and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes.

Serve the rabbit cut into slices with fondue, gravy and potatoes sautéed in oil.



Cristiana Di Paola from blog Beuf à la mode
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