Recipes: three vegetarian dishes from Naples

6:30 PM July 21, 2022

Naples is filthy, sweltering, chaotic, superstitious, expressive and offers some of the greatest Italian meals.

This is in element due to the elegant agricultural conditions of the location, Campania. The metropolis itself is wedged in between the black fertile soil of Vesuvius – 1 of the world’s most perilous volcanos – and the burning fields. Driving about and you can scent the sulphur.

On times when my Iphone temperature app nudged 40°C, I visited local farmers. The hand-tended vine tomato, Piennolo del Vesuvio DOP – also identified as the Xmas tomato simply because it stays fresh right up until then and beyond – is almost never watered, ruthlessly concentrating the brix, or sugar ratio.

The aubergines – significant, business and shiny, spherical or prolonged, inky purple or streaked with stracciatelli – hold ponderously in rows from leafy vegetation. The sweet peppers are as a massive as a centurion’s foot and local herbs such as basil, oregano and myrtle permeate the listless air. Garlic cloves are the sizing of our bulbs, to be sliced into yellow slivers. The olive oil is bitterly peppery in a basic dressing with knobbly lemons, the zest of which I added to each dish as considerably as the sweetly acidic juice.

Listed here are some recipes from the region, ideal for our individual heatwave.

Zeppoline With Seaweed (Serves 6)


Zeppoline or fried dough balls flavoured with seaweed

– Credit history: Kerstin Rodgers

I ate this in a Neapolitan trattoria, Don Vincenzo ( Even although I lost my hunger thanks to the warmth, I could not stop myself wolfing down these fried pizza dough balls. They can be sweet or savoury. In this circumstance, they ended up flavoured with neighborhood seaweed.


Deep fryer/deep frying pan
200ml tepid drinking water
7mg fast action yeast or 15g clean yeast
1 tsp sugar or honey
250g simple flour
1 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp Seaweed nori flakes or other sorts
Olive oil for frying


Mix the drinking water and the yeast with the sugar and hold out right up until it froths a very little.
Add to the flour, mixing very well until eventually you have a soaked dough. Add the salt and the seaweed.
Cover and depart to increase for two hrs. It need to double.
I’ve used olive oil for frying listed here but you can use vegetable, sunflower or groundnut oil. Both use a deep fryer or a deep frying pan. Heat the oil to 180ºC.
Use a teaspoon to scoop a heaped mound from the dough, drop it into the oil. The dough quickly expands to double the sizing. Fry until finally golden, keep on until eventually all the dough is used. Consume the zeppoline scorching! Charming dipped into the juices of a salad.

Aqua Sale, fisherman’s meal (serves 4)

Aqua Sale or fisherman's meal

Aqua Sale or fisherman’s meal

– Credit history: Kerstin Rodgers

Nicola Palma, the aromatic herb farmer from Campania, informed me about the classic fisherman’s meal, which is simplicity by itself and real ‘cocina povera’. ‘You choose dry bread, place it in a colander, put it in the sea, drain it, include tomatoes, oil, oregano, and this is a food. Each and every loved ones experienced a dried bread drawer.’ This is comparable to Panzanera, built with basil and cucumber, as properly as a Cretan rusk recipe made with ‘Dakos’, which provides feta and olives. Nicola famous: ‘Italians and Greeks: one particular confront, just one race.’ As I was not near the sea or a fishing boat, I made sea water from the faucet using some Cretan bread rusks I had in my pantry they certainly very last for years. My very last take a look at was five many years ago!


500ml h2o
4 tsps sea salt
4 dried bread rusks/any dried bread
6 excellent high-quality sweet tomatoes, slice in quarters
75ml olive oil
Handful contemporary basil or oregano sprigs


Make the ‘sea water’ by including salt to the h2o. Leave right up until dissolved.
Position the dried bread in a large bowl and scantily pour the water on to it. Do not drown the bread: just add enough to make it moist and gentle. Depart for 50 percent an hour, and insert extra sea h2o if required.
Increase the tomatoes and oil to the bread. You do not need to incorporate salt but feel no cost to add herbs plus any other substances these as lemon juice, cucumber, feta or olives. It truly is a adaptable, endlessly adaptable dish.

Ciambotta Giambotto or Cianfotto (serves 4)

Ciambotta is a Neapolitan version of ratatouille

Ciambotta is a Neapolitan version of ratatouille

– Credit history: Kerstin Rodgers

I was served this in the Del Corso pizzeria in the Roman city of Capaccio-Paestum by a youthful chef, Agostino Landi, who is pushing the boundaries of Italian cuisine, having conventional dishes but introducing new elements. Ciambotta is an Italian ratatouille. The principal big difference is that potatoes are added to the summer months veggies, generating a a lot more substantial meal. In some versions, all the vegetables are cooked separately and blended at the conclusion with basil. It can be up to you how you do it.

Tips: Use a good deal of olive oil. Just have a bottle next to the pan and top up. I also salt the greens throughout cooking so it’s challenging to estimate precisely how much salt, but aubergines and potatoes need plenty of salt in the cooking. I desire to salt during cooking rather than afterwards.


Deep frying pan
1 substantial purple pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 huge inexperienced pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 aubergines, 1 cm slices and minimize into quarters or eighth, based on circumference
2 massive potatoes, peeled, chopped into 2 cm items
4 thick spring onions, white and eco-friendly chopped into 2cm pieces (or 2 regular brown onions)
2 courgettes, slice lengthways in 50 percent then sliced into 1cm items
Dozen cherry tomatoes, slice into quarters or the equal total in bigger tomatoes
1 tbsp sea salt
4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
Handful contemporary basil leaves, torn, additional at the stop

In a deep frying pan, fry all the veggies in order of the components shown until delicate and golden. Or fry them individually, then combine. Insert the clean basil at the end.

A trio of vegetarian dishes from Naples

A trio of vegetarian dishes from Naples

– Credit score: Kerstin Rodgers

From the kitchen area of MsMarmiteLover.