To make traditional Italian food one should know all Italian ingredients and Spices very well. From roasts to risotto, pasta to preserves, soups to sauces, Italian food is popular around the world but important thing is finding the right balance of ingredients, to create yummy delicious food.
Here are some traditional Italian food ingredients which makes yummy delicious Italian food.
Olive Oil – Most of Italian food is cooked with it. It gives traditional Italian flavor to food. It comes in four varieties.
• Extra virgin olive-oil
• Virgin olive-oil
• Pure olive-oil
• Pomace olive-oil
Also, there are infused gourmet olive oils available in market which is infused with garlic, chili flakes, onion, truffle essence etc.
Bocconcini Cheese: It is a type of mozzarella cheese only which is soft and un-ripened. It is used in Italian salads and original Italian pizzas.
Mozzarella Cheese – It is a stretched curd cheese. It is used in many Italian foods and known for its melting qualities.
Parmigiano Regiano and Grana di Padano: They are grainy aged cheeses with sharp flavor and hard texture. They both are excellent grating cheeses for pastas and risotti, and also very good table cheeses. Freshly grated Parmesan is better than the store bought grated product, which is a dairy product, but not real Parmesan.
Olives – Olives are very healthy Italian ingredient. It is very good for health especially for heart and cholesterol level. Olives are used in Pastas, Anti-pasta, Panini, Pizzas, Salads and Wraps etc.
Sun-Dried Tomato – Sun-dried tomatoes are used in many Italian dishes. They are marinated in garlic, herbs and spices used to make pizza, pasta, salads and dressings.
Prosciutto – Prosciutto is an aged, salt-cured, air-dried Italian ham, which is usually sliced very thin and served in antipasti or Panini.
Pesto Sauce – Pesto sauce is made from blending fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, hard table cheese such as Parmigiano Regiano, garlic and lemon juice. It is excellent sauce for cooking any kind of Mediterranean food – pizza, pasta, salads, panini, on top of fish fillets, lamb chops encrusted in pesto and so much more.
Capicollo – Capicollo is a kind of cured Italian ham. It can be mild or hot. The hot variety is simply brushed with hot chili paste on the outside. Capicollo is very good for Italian panini and pizza as well as for antipasta.