Delicious Amalfi Coast Recipes That are Sure to Please!

Each month we will feature some of the finest Amalfi Coast Recipes for your culinery pleasure! Click on the "add to my Yahoo" so that you can receive an alert when we change our recipes!

The finest and most distinctive lemons in Italy come from the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula (around the Bay of Naples)and are frequently used in Amalfi Coast recipes! Evidence of cultivated lemon groves dates as far back as the 1st century in and around Sorrento and from the early 11th century along the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast lemons are unique. They are a very large fruit, can reach the size of a grapefruit, with a strong scent, a juicy-sweet pulp and very few pips. They are the secret behind the intense flavour of Limoncello and the desserts prepared in the Amalfi Coast's pastry shops. They are easily distinguished from other lemons in markets because they are the only lemons picked with the stems on! The "Sfusato Amalfitano" is very famous. It is a kind of lemon which gets its name from its elongated spindle-shape and of course, from the Amalfi Coast. It is harvested from February to September.

Enjoy these wonderful recipes which feature Amalfi Lemons!

Linguine and lemon sauce

Ideally, only Amalfi Coast lemons should be used for this recipe. Unfortunately, they are often difficult to get hold of outside of Italy.

Our contacts in the area have also told us that it is only the unique sun, humidity as well as the care and knowledge of the lemon growers that make such lemons what they are.

Nevertheless, give this great summer pasta recipe a go!


Ingredients

500gr linguine or fresh pasta, 2 lemons, 250ml double cream, 100ml grappa.

Preparation

1.Grate the rind of one of the lemons. Remove the white pith and cut the fruit pulp into very small cubes.

2.Squeeze juice from the second lemon and put to one side.

3.Put the cream, lemon cubes and grappa into a pan and heat gently.

4.Simmer until the sauce is thicker. Cook the pasta.

5.Remove the sauce from the heat and slowly add the lemon juice.

6.Return to allow heat and cook for 1 minute stirring all the time.

7.Add 2 teaspoons of the grated lemon rind, stir well and pour over the drained pasta.

8.Mix the sauce into the pasta and turn into a heated serving bowl.

Put a few strands of lemon rind on top and serve

This is one of Giuseppe's favorite Amalfi Coast Recipes!

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Soft Amalfi Coast lemon cream


Ingredients

2 Amalfi Coast lemons, 100gr brown sugar, 4 amaretto cookies, 8gr gelatin, eggs.

Preparation

1.Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice.

2.Add the zest of 1 lemon and the gelatin dissolved in a bit of warm water.

3.Mix until the syrup thickens.

4.Add the egg whites after having been beaten into stiff peaks.

5.Pour into 4 cups and refrigerate.

After at least 2 hours it may be served garnished with broken bits of the cookies.

This is one of my favorite Amalfi Coast Recipes!

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina - Potato dumplings alla Sorrento

The Sauce

¾ LB SALSA DI POMODORO FRESCO (FRESH TOMATO SAUCE)
2 LB TOMATOES
OLIVE OIL
BASIL
SALT
SUGAR

Wash the tomatoes (San Marzano or plum tomatoes are the best), cut them lengthwise and put them in a pan with the basil, a dash of salt and pinch of sugar, cover and simmer. As soon as the tomatoes are soft lower the flame, uncover and cook slowly until the liquid evaporates. Use the finest sieve and put the tomatoes through the food mill. The result will be “tomato pure” a light and tasty sauce ideal for dressing pasta, gnocchi and for preparing many other dishes.

The Dumplings

2 ½ LB POTATOES
12 OZ FRESH MOZZARELLA CHEESE CUBED
2 LB FLOUR
1 EGG
GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE

Boil the potatoes unpeeled. When they are tender, peel and put through a fine ricer. Combine the potatoes, flour, egg and pinch of salt until well blended, the mixture should be soft and homogeneous. Take a little of mixture, and on a floured surface roll into a little rod. Repeat until you have used all the mixture. Now, cut the rods into pieces about 1.5-2 cm (1/4 inch) long. Press them light with the back of a fork, or with your finger. Lay them out nearly on a floured cloth. Bring a full pot of water to the boil slide the gnocchi into the water, a few at time, and remove them with a slotted spoon as they float to the top. When they are all drained, place them in an oven dish, top with the tomato sauce, the mozzarella and grated parmesan. Bake in a hot oven for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!


Remember to also visit the activity pages for each of the Amalfi Coast towns to find out which ones offer authentic Italian Cooking Classes! What better way to spend a lazy day then in the kitchen learning the techniques of world renowned chefs!

Please send us your favorite Amalfi Coast recipes! Just click here and send us a message! We would love to hear from YOU!


Gloria's Favorite Recipe!

Fettucine Carbonara

Ingredients:

- 4 ounces (115 g)pancetta (italian bacon) or lean American bacon, cut into 1/2-inch (1.5 cm)wide strips

- 3 cloves garlic, cut into halves

- 1/4 cup (60 mL)dry white wine

- 1/3 cup (80 mL)whipping cream

- 1/2 pound (225 g)uncook fettuccine or spagetti

- boiling salted water

- 1 large egg

- 1 large egg yolk

- 2/3 cup (160 mL) freshly grated parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces or 60 g)

- large pinch ground white pepper

How To Prepare:

1. cook and stir pancetta and garlic in 10-inch (25 cm) non-corrosive skillet over medium-low heat until pancetta is light brown, about 4 minutes. discard garlic and all but 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of the drippings

2. Add wine to skillet; cook over medium heat until wine is almost completely evaporated, about 3 minutes. stir in cream; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Cook fettuccine in large saucepan of boiling salted water just until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes; drain well. Return to dry saucepan.

4. Whisk egg and egg yolk in small bowl; whisk in 1/3 cup (80 mL) of the cheese and the pepper. pour bacon-cream mixture over fettuccine in saucepan; toss to coat. Heat over medium-low heat just until hot. Stir in egg-cheese mixture. Toss to coat evenly. Imediately remove from heat. serve with remaining cheese.

Bobby's Favorite Dessert Recipe

Lemon Water Ice

1/2 lt of Limone Costa d’Amalfi juice, the grated zest of 1 Limone Costa d’Amalfi, 300 gr of sugar, 1/2 lt of water, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

In a pan boil water with sugar for 10 minutes until you create a syrup.
Remove from flame and let it cool down. When cooled add lemon juice and vanilla and let it absorb the flavor for an hour. Filter the mixture and pour it into an ice-cream machine or just freeze it, mixing from time to time.

Enjoy!


Other Uses for the Amalfi Lemon

Don't forget about using the Amalfi lemon in your beauty routine as well. Here are just some of the many uses...

1. Soften rough elbows by rubbing half a lemon on your elbows each evening before bed.
2. Lighten age spots. Rub a cotton ball soaked in Amalfi lemon juice on the age spots. You will notice them lighten within 6-8 weeks.
3. Calluses on hands or feet can be reduced and softened thanks to the acidity of the lemon. Put a slice of lemon on the corn and cover with a band aid overnight. Let the lemon act during sleep, it will facilitate the removal of the hardened skin.
4. Blackheads and blemishes. Rub lemon juice on your blackheads at night right before bed and notice a difference in a few days. For blemishes, dab a cotton ball soaked in Amalfi lemon juice right on the blemish several times per day. 5. To improve concentration..put a few drops of lemon
essential oil in a diffuser.

Stay tuned for more tips on the many uses of the Amalfi Lemon!

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If you are anything like me - you cannot live without COFFEE! And I mean the good stuff! I just ordered one of these espresso machines and cannot wait to make my own lattes!

UPDATE- The expresso machine came in! It is one of those combination coffee makers one side makes a pot of regular coffee and the other side is the espresso and milk foamer. Gloria had to figure out the directions for me, but it was fantastic! Every home should have one...yum! and mine is a Delonghi too!!! I just ordered those espresso pods..I will let you know how I like those when I get them. It should make it easier to use and make cleanup a snap!

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