What could be better than food, drinks, and travel? Take a journey through northern Italy with delicious bites and sips.
We love exploring the world through food, so it is no wonder that we fell for Marisa Huff’s new cookbook Aperitivo and had to share it with you. Marisa takes readers on a tour of bars in northern Italy showing food and cocktail lovers the Italian art of this end-of-the-day tradition.
Each delicious bite or drink comes with a background on its history or a story about the bar where it comes from. Not only will this cookbook get your appetite going, but it is a fun read as well. Looking for an Italian themed cocktail party? This book with its tips and tricks is your ticket!
Here are two recipes from the book to wet your whistle:
- 1 1/2 ounces Campari
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 1 1/2 ounces dry sparkling wine such as a dry Prosecco
- Fill a rocks glass with 3 or 4 ice cubes.
- Add the Campari and vermouth, then stir with a bar spoon.
- Top with the sparkling wine and stir again. Garnish with the orange slice.
- 4 cups mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Fine sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups fine breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying
- In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes with the grated Parmigiano Reggiano, lemon zest, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, stir together the flour, a pinch of salt, and a couple grindings of pepper; in a second shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs with a tablespoon of water; place the breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.
- Form the potato mixture into 2 by 3/4-inch logs. Roll the logs in the flour, shaking off the excess, dip in the egg wash, then roll in the breadcrumbs to coat.
- Heat 1-1/2 inches of oil in a shallow heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. You can test if the oil is hot enough for frying by dropping a cube of bread in the oil. It should sizzle and float to the top immediately. Fry the croquettes in batches until golden brown on all sides, about 1 minute per batch, turning halfway through cooking time. Drain on paper
Mandatory family outings to the Detroit farmers' market and nightly home-cooked meals cultivated Annelise's respect and curiosity for food. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she spends her free time in New York City recipe testing, eating breakfast all day, and dreaming up international culinary adventures.