PARTNER POST — The holiday season is here and it is time to add some Italian flair to your menu with authentic ingredients from Colavita and Perugina’s rich Italian chocolate.
Celebrate this holiday season with a simple fish dish, Shrimp and Scallop Spinach Tagliatelle. Mascarpone and Pear Cakes are the perfect way to end a meal, with delicious sweet filling between two crispy meringue-like pastries.
By Justine Sulia
It’s a tradition in my family to celebrate the holidays with the feast of the seven fishes, which is a tradition of many Italian families. It’s normally celebrated on Christmas Eve, and you guessed it…seven fishes are involved. It doesn’t matter how they are involved. At least in my family it really doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be seven separate dishes (even though many other Italian families would disagree), but seven fishes have to be incorporated in some way.
Enter this recipe for Sea Scallop and Shrimp Scampi with Spinach Tagliatelle…
This recipe for sea scallop and shrimp scampi with spinach tagliatelle celebrates seafood, perfectly al dente Colavita pasta and Colavita olive oils. It is the perfect main course meal for your Christmas Eve dinner!
- 1 pound Colavita Spinach Tagliatelle
- 1 pound cleaned sea scallops
- salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons + ¼ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, cleaned
- 1 ½ cups chardonnay wine
- ½ cup finely chopped parsley + extra for garnish
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Drizzle of Colavita Pepperolio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt the water and add the Colavita Spinach Tagliatelle. Cook the pasta until al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare your sea scallops and shrimp scampi. Season the sea scallops with salt and black pepper. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil and once hot, add the sea scallops. Sear the scallops on both sides until lightly golden, about 7 minutes total. Remove from heat and set aside to rest.
- In another large non-stick skillet, add the remaining ¼ cup of Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Heat over medium heat and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the shrimp, and cook until pink on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp and pour in the chardonnay. Continue cooking, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and lemon juice.
- Serve the sea scallops and shrimp scampi over a bed of spinach Tagliatelle. Garnish with additional parsley, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of Colavita Pepperolio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy!
These cakes are my favorite part about the holidays, you guys. They have the perfect creamy and sweet mascarpone filling, sandwiched between two crisp pastries. Drizzled with a blend of Perugina chocolates, these cakes are the perfect way to end the perfect Italian dinner.
- For the Filling:
- 2 large Bartlett Pears, cored, peeled and diced
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons orange liquor
- 2 cups mascarpone cheese
- ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 packet gelatin
- For the Almond Meringue Crust:
- 1 ¼ cups almond meal
- ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 5 large egg whites
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- For the Bittersweet Chocolate Limoncello Drizzle
- 1 3.5 ounce Perugina Bittersweet Chocolate Bar (70% Cacao), broken up
- 1 3.5 ounce Perugina Dark Chocolate, Limoncello, broken up
- In a large non-stick skillet, combine the pears, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the pears are tender and caramelized. Remove from heat and stir in the orange liquor. Drain the pears and set aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl, fold the mascarpone cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract together. Set aside. In the bowl of your stand mixer, with whisk attachment fixed, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Bring the water to a boil and then stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture to the mascarpone mixture and fold together, then fold in the whipped cream. Fold in the pears until evenly dispersed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- While the filling is chilling, prepare the crusts. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal and confectioner’s sugar. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, with whisk attachment fixed, whip the egg whites with the kosher salt, until soft peaks form. At this point, very slowly add the granulated sugar to the egg whites until all of it is added. Continue mixing until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the almond meal mixture.
- Divide the mixture between the two baking sheets and spread it out with an offset spatula to about ½ – ¼ inch in thickness. Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. The crusts should be “meringue-like” and slightly golden. While the crust is still warm, cut rounds out of the crust using a 2-inch cookie cutter and then transfer the rounds to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Assemble your mascarpone and pear cakes by dolloping a healthy amount of mascarpone filling onto the top of half of the almond crust rounds. Place the remaining half on top. Place the cakes in the fridge to chill while you prepare your chocolate drizzle.
- In a small bowl, add both the Perugina Bittersweet Chocolate Bar and the Perugina Dark Chocolate, Limoncello. Place the bowl in the microwave and melt for 1 minute. After 1 minute, give the chocolate a stir and then continue melting in 30-second increments (stirring after each) until all of the chocolate has melted.
- Dust your mascarpone and pear cakes with additional confectioner’s sugar and drizzle with the bittersweet chocolate limoncello drizzle. Enjoy!
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