Genovese-style artichokes, stuffed thistles

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Artichokes are a real interesting way to spice up any kind of meal. The interestingly shaped vegetable is really a thistle that is grown as food.

The Genovese-style artichoke is one good way to enjoy this food. To make it you will need 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/4 cup, 1 pound button or Roman mushrooms, trimmed and chopped, 1 onion, diced, 4 garlic cloves, chopped, 4 slices prosciutto, chopped, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 4 fresh artichokes, trimmed and cleaned, and 2 cups white wine.

To prepare, first in a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium high flame and add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic.

Cook them stirring often and until the mushrooms are tender and the onions gold. Place the mushrooms in a bowl and allow to cool then add the prosciutto, parsley, Parmesan, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.

Pull the artichoke leaves apart and widen the spaces. Then stuff the mushroom mixture between the leaves and place them in a pan. Add the wine and 1 cup of water and olive oil. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 45 minutes until he artichokes are tender. Remove from the flame and serve hot.

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Rocket and Parma Ham Salad

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Parma ham or prosciutto is often a mainstay of Italian antipasto dishes. The dried, cured ham can also be used as part of a salad and other interesting dishes.

The thinly-sliced version of Parma ham can be wrapped around grissini and may also be eaten with watermelon. Whether served with vegetables such as asparagus and peas or part of a pasta sauce or stuffing, the Parma ham is a versatile way to spice up a meal.

The Rocket and Parma ham salad is perfect if you are looking to enjoy a simple yet beautifully-arranged salad. It can be eaten as a starter for lunch or dinner as a light lunch or midday snack itself.

To prepare, gather 1 (7 ounce) bag arugula, 7 ounces Parma ham, torn into thin strips, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar.

To prepare the salad, arrange the arugula on a large flat platter, top the arugula with the prosciutto, and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salad. The Parma ham salad can be “jazzed” up by adding cashew nuts as well as some parmesan cheese.

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Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto, a dish with a difference

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What could be more eye catching than ring-shaped pasta? Tortellini (read here other news) those little circles of meat or cheese-filled pasta – livens up any plate.

They are sometimes called belly-button pasta and can be an interesting switch from spaghetti and fettuccine and regular shaped pasta choices

To make the tortellini you need salt, 1 pound meat-filled tortellini, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 4 ounces prosciutto, finely chopped, 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 cup peas, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, and ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.

To prepare you first heat a large skillet over a medium flame and heat oil and prosciutto and cook until it’s crisp.

Add 1 cup of pasta water and simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes and add cream continuing to simmer until thickened.

Just before the tortellini is done add the peas to eater and cook until they are tender. Drain the pasta and the peas and place in a skillet and coat with the sauce and add parsley and sprinkle with cheese.

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