Do you enjoy Italian cuisine but the only way you get to satisfy your craving is by visiting an Italian restaurant or ordering out? How about you try whipping up some Italian food right in your kitchen?
Today, we are going to give you 6 tips that will definitely help you perfect your Italian cooking skills. The next time you are craving Italian cuisine, why not use follow some of these tricks for an insanely tasty dish?
1. Cooking the perfect Pasta
Pasta is one of the most popular Italian dishes. To make the perfect pasta, add salt to the boiling water before adding the pasta. This is crucial in flavouring the pasta.
Most of us are aware of this part, but have no clue as to the right salt to water ratio. You should add one tablespoon per four cups of water.
Treat the starchy and thick pasta water residue as a cooking ingredient, instead of discarding it right after scooping out the pasta.
Next time you’re making pasta with cheese and pepper, cacio e pepe, why not incorporate the water residue for a creamy and silky sauce? We also recommend using your spaghetti spoon to measure the ideal portion to cook.
There are different types of pasta in the market, and each calls for a different type of sauce. This is because your sauce will cling and fill the pasta shape in different ways, hence you have to choose the right kind of pasta.
For instance, carbonara goes with spaghetti and Bolognese pairs well with pappardelle.
Achieving the perfect bite of pasta doesn’t come easy, especially when you follow the cook time on the pasta packaging.
Instead of following the instructions, try cooking your pasta al dente.
This simply means boiling under the recommended time. What you will get is pasta with a slight bite to it, and not overly soft, just the way Italians like it.
2. Wine is just not for drinking
Looking to transform a bland Italian dish to becoming quite delicious? Try infusing some wine into your meals. Whether it’s making tomato sauce or pasta with red wine or garlic with white wine sauce, you can never go wrong.
3. Achieving finely minced garlic
Do you often have trouble when mincing garlic? Ditch your knife and instead, use a microplane. It is fast and a much quicker way to obtain finely minced garlic.
Fresh minced garlic will also infuse much better in butter or olive oil, giving you the perfect sauce. Moreover, by using a microplane, you won’t have to worry about having smelly hands right after mincing garlic.
4. Keeping pastries soft and intact
More often than not, we need some garlic bread to pair up with our soups or stews. Garlic bread is a perfect Italian choice.
However, it crumbles easily, hence doesn’t hold well when premade. The trick to keeping your garlic bread intact is wrapping in foil to ensure that the garlic, parsley and butter seeps well into the bread.
5. Use high quality olive oil
Olive oil is a must have when it comes to Italian cooking. It’s more than just a non-stick cooking agent. Thus, only opt for a high quality and flavourful variety.
Always use a generous amount to garnish pasta dishes or salads. You can also add your olive oil when sautéing to keep butter from burning.
6. Choosing the right cheese
Most Italian dishes, especially pasta, require cheese as one of the major ingredients. A perfect alternative to the regular parmesan is Romano cheese. This comes in handy especially when you’re making red sauces.
There you go! 6 tips that will make you an Italian genius in the kitchen. Why don’t you try them out today and let us know what you think.