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Turkey-mozz braid appetizer


turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

I heart appetizers, actually we (my husband and I) heart appetizers. I believe this love runs in the blood, as we are Lebanese, we come from the land of birthplace of mezze.

I confess, sometimes we only order a variety of these convivial small dishes and we never reach to the main dish.

Turkey and mozzarella braid is one of our favorite appetizer, prepared with few ingredients and served on your table in less than 20 minutes.

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • one sheet of puff pastry (300g)
  • 100g turkey (5-6 slices)
  • 100g mozzarella (4-5 slices)
  • 1 tbsp red fruits jam
  • 11/2 tbsp pesto
  • egg wash before baking

how to do turkey and mozzarella braidRoll the pastry dough into a 30 cm x 30 cm square. Lightly divide it (without cutting) into 3 equal rectangles. Using a rotary cutter or simply the pizza cutter cut about ten strips, on the side rectangles. Leave the center rectangle intact. Remove the corner sections from each of the 4 corners strips.

Spread the jam in the center followed by a layer of turkey, i chose the one with herbs, then mozzarella and finally pesto. Start by folding the top right strip over the filling slightly diagonal and press lightly to adhere. Then fold the top left stripe in the same manner. Repeat with the remaining strips until you reach the end, but before folding the last two strips make sure you folded the bottom flap.

Follow the scheme for a easy tutorial of this no fail braid. Brush the top with eggwash and bake on 200°C for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve it with extra red fruit and pesto dip.

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

Bon appetit!

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Caprese quiche


caprese quiche |marmite et ponpon

This luscious caprese quiche is always a hit! A crazy delicious filling in a flaky homemade crust that will make you fall in love with quiches. Get ready to hit the kitchen as soon as you see this post.

To bake a 12″ (30cm) quiche you will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 200 ml cream
  • 200g shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped basil (plus a handful basil leaves for garnish)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (around 20 pieces cut in halves)
  • 200g fresh mozzarella

caprese quiche |marmite et ponpon

Roll out the dough and bake for 15 minutes.

Mix eggs, cream, shredded mozzarella, basil and salt and pour over the dough. Place tomatoes and fresh mozzarella evenly and bake for 45 minutes. Take out and garnish with basil leaves.

caprese quiche |marmite et ponpon

caprese quiche |marmite et ponpon

Very easy for such beauty, isn’t it? Plus you can’t go wrong with this unapologetically rich and festive quiche. Serve it for any meal of the day and i am sure you will get hooked on it. Each bite is packed with all the flavors depth. Paired with a salad, makes a satisfying supper on its own.

caprese quiche |marmite et ponpon

caprese quiche |marmite et ponpon

An ideal table center piece!

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Cheesy pull apart bread


cheesy pull apart bread|marmite et ponpon

How perfect is this cheesy pull apart bread for the football season? But i am afraid no one would actually be watching the game when you serve it. A perfect and fun amuse bouche to serve when entertaining!

Very easy to make and everyone will rave about.

cheesy pull apart bread |marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • one round (or long) country bread
  • 100g butter melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp knorr salad seasoning powder (garlic and herbs)
  • 100g cheddar shredded
  • 100g mozzarella shredded

Start by cutting the bread vertically and horizontally, making sure not to cut it all the way. Mix butter with garlic powder and knorr salad seasoning. If you don’t find knorr use any mixed herbs of your choice with the garlic. Brush the bread in between the cuts then stuff it with the cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes on 180°C in the middle rack.

cheesy pull apart bread| marmite et ponpon

I dare you not to eat this straight from the oven! That’s why i didn’t take so many pictures, i was in a hurry to dig in. Try it and i am sure it will become a favorite in your house.

If you want deeper flavors you can choose also olive bread or zaatar bread… they go heavenly with the cheese.

cheesy pull apart bread | marmite et ponpon

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Eat like an Emilian! classic lasagne alla bolognese


lasagne alla bolognese

A hearty dish, considered one of the staples of the Italian cuisine. Often made for family gatherings and special occasions like Christmas. Served in many variations representing the region’s classic ingredients. It used to be called pasticcio means mess!

This dish is something to truly relish, served to satisfy and comfort. I don’t promise you a quick dish, it needs time and care but not difficult!

lasagne alla bolognese

My favorite so far, is the classic lasagne alla bolognese where meat sauce (ragu) and bechamel (Besciamella) are the major play. It’s called classic Emilian lasagne coming from Emilia region.

lasagne alla bolognese

For the ragu you will need:

  • 500g ground beef
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • large onion chopped finely
  • half cup carrots diced finely
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup tomato diced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (optional)

Heat the oil and cook the onion and carrot until fragrant and soft. Add the meat and cook to brown.

Pour the wine and continue to cook over medium heat until almost all the liquid is evaporated. Add the tomato puree and simmer. The longer the better (italians take it up to 2 hours), but i guess one hour is ok!

For the besciamella you will need:

  • 75g butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • dash of nutmeg (optional)

Heat the butter until melted but not colored. Add the flour and cook for few minutes until light golden brown. Add the milk one cup at a time and whisk continuously until smooth. Bring to boil then cook for 30 seconds before removing from heat. It should be just a little looser than usual for lasagne. Season with salt and nutmeg (optional). If you are cheese lover, you can add a handful grated parmesan to the bechamel to give it rich flavor.

lasagne alla bolognese

To assemble you will need:

  • grated mozzarella to taste (enough to add between layers and to end up), I use almost 200g and 50g of parmesan (optional)
  • 500g dried pasta (i use lasagne verdi, made with spinach)

Use a rectangular or square casserole dish, keeping in mind that a larger one will produce less layers and a smaller one will produce more.

For the dried pasta (that doesn’t need pre-boiling), allow me to suggest Barilla, amazing for lasagne, I use lasagne verdi, made with spinach (con spinaci bolognesi).

Start with a layer of ragu, lay down pasta sheets, add another layer of ragu to cover followed by bechamel and a sprinkle of mozzarella. Repeat (pasta – ragu – bechamel – mozzarella) until you finish by a layer of ragu, bechamel and heavier layer of mozzarella ( mixed with parmesan or emmental for a deeper flavor).

Bake at 180°C for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the thickness, depth and size of your lasagne. It should be golden brown on top and the sauce bubbling.

lasagne alla bolognese

A tip: let the lasagne rest for 10-15 minutes after you take it out from the oven. This way the cutting will be easier. This quantity yields 4 generous portions. But i don’t know if it will make 4 with my husband. Antoun is a lasagne lover, he can live on it.

lasagne alla bolognese

This recipe was a special request from my dearest aunt liliane, I hope you will like it. Buon appetito!

lasagne alla bolognese

 

succulento caprese pasta salad


caprese pasta salad

A brilliant dose of colors on your plate brings life to your dish and health to your life! Original caprese salad was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. Caprese pasta salad is deep in colors and flavors!

Basil is a highly fragrant plant, it has become one of the most recognizable herbs ever since pesto.
Cherry tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their antioxidant benefits. Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. And who doesn’t fall in love with buffalo mozzarella, that soft, delicate cheese of southern Italy.

caprese pasta salad

To make this salad you need: (4 persons)

  • 500g spaghetti cooked as per the pack instructions
  • pesto sauce (click to get redirected to the recipe)
  • 200 g cherry tomato cut in half
  • 350g buffalo mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic oil/ chilli oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients and serve it as entree or main dish

caprese pasta salad

One of my favorite cuisine and my comfort zone in cooking! I always had a leaning towards italian food! I confess i am a pasta and pizzaholic.

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