Pappa al Pomodoro, traditional bread soup dish in Tuscany

Pappa al Pomodoro di Francesca

This recipe comes from Francesca, a good Italian friend of mine who lives here in Florence. This is the way she prepares this thick bread and tomato soup, a classic Tuscan favorite.

Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 g (about 2 cups) peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 250 g (about 1/2 lb) stale bread (preferably Tuscan bread), cut into smallish pieces
  • 1 liter (about 4 cups) vegetable broth, warmed
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • basil, chopped coarsely
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (you can also use seasoned or spicy oil)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Place the stale bread in a large bowl and pour the warm broth over it, cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.
  2. Over medium heat and in a wide pot, pour the oil and saut the garlic. Add the tomatoes and a dash of salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Go back to your bread, which should have absorbed most of the broth. Add the bread to the pot, squeezing it a bit with your hand as you do so to eliminate any excess broth. Cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring every so often with a wooden spoon.
  4. Serve warm, adding a bit of fresh cut basil and a swirl of good olive oil on top. And remember, always cut fresh basil with your hands, not with a knife or scissors!

Buon appetito

Traditional Greek Souvlaki : Greek Recipes

Traditional Greek Souvlaki – This simple yet traditional Greek souvlaki recipe, is also a BBQ recipe, and is downright mouth watering! The marinated meat, grills quickly, depending on size of the pork chunks, and we served in a pita, with the salad inside, for an innovative new recipe.

Servings: 4
Main Ingredient: Pork


Difficulty Level: 2

Ingredients to make Traditional Greek Souvlaki

500 grams / 1 lb of pork in cubes
8 bamboo skewers
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of vinegar (wine vinegar)
1 pinch greek oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 large pita breads
Greek yoghurt or Greek tzatziki
Shreaded salad of lettuce, tomatoes, onion, herbs etc.

Directions to make Traditional Greek Souvlaki

Step 1:Cut the pork into small cubes and carefully thread onto the skewers. In a bowl place the olive oil, the wine vinegar, the oregano, the salt and the black pepper. Place the skewers with the pork in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or ovenight.

Step 2:Preheat your grill or barbeque. Place the souvlaki skewers over a medium heat and cook each side. Brush with the marinade and turn to cook evenly

Step 3:Brush the pita breads with olive oil and cook them on the grill. When the pita and the souvlaki are ready, pull the meat off one skewer into the pita, add tzatziki or greek yoghurt and the shreaded salad. Roll the pita to form a tight cone and wrap it in kitchen or other suitable paper. Serve hot.

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