For many Risotto has a reputation of complexity that may discourage them from making it.
I encourage you to take some time to make this easy and satisfying Risotto recipe. I chose Risotto with sweet peas because I felt it was a great Risotto dish to start with. There are a few versions of Risi e Bisi out there, some with pancetta and others with the peas pureed.
I have to omit, growing up the closest we had to a Risotto was a dish my Mom made for us which we called "Rice and Gravy" which we just LOVED! Simply rice with her Sunday gravy mixed in and poured over topped with Parmesan cheese! Yum....
Back to the recipe...
Here is one version of Risi e Bisi that I created very quickly, simple and great!
I plan on making others as well in future posts, but in the meantime here it is Risi e Bisi!
Eggplant Parmesan, when you read or hear it you may perhaps think of a sandwich or a layered lasagna like casserole.
The truth is that Eggplant Parmesan (Melanzane alla Parmigiana) is a side dish! I was surprised to find this out seeing that my experience in every Italian restaurant I went to, it was presented as a meatless entree accompanied with pasta.
Think of it as a casserole similar to the American vegetable cheese bakes that we find.
The beautiful thing about Eggplant Parmesan is that it may be prepared in many forms; it may be layered and baked like Lasagna or in ramekins as an individual portion. No mater what way you make it, you most likely have your own family favorite way to prepare Eggplant Parmesan.
With that said, I decided to prepare and taste five versions--each different in its own way. I suggest reading them all and then choose one that interests you!