Additional herbs and spices for the Italian Kitchen
Chillies come in many different varieties and they are occasionally used in the preparation of some Italian dishes. Chillies come in many different varieties and strength of heat that will be imparted on the dish they are used in. Italians use them to invigorate and complement dishes such as sauces stews and seafood.
Fennel seeds are reminiscent of liquorice or aniseed and are included in not only some fish and meat dishes but are frequently used in the creation of meatballs and sausage. By lightly toasting the fennel seeds much
of the flavour will be released when used in the preparation of recipes.
Chives are used as much for their flavour as for their appearance. They are easily cultivated and have a mild onion flavour and attractive green fine stemmed appearance. They can be used fresh or dried and are included in pasta sauces, salads, casseroles, soups and stews.
Marjoram is an aromatic herb that is consistently found in Italian recipes and is used frequently in many meat, poultry or vegetable dishes, particularly salad dressing, soups and stews.
Thyme has a strong flavour and aroma. Like sage and rosemary it is often used for stuffing and marinades. It also lends itself well to poultry, meats, seafood and fish.
Bay leaves have a very intense flavour and are generally used in their dried form. Most recipes calling for the use of bay leaves, call for just one to flavour an entire dish. Bay leaves are usually used to season stews,
casseroles, soups and grilled and roasted meats and poultry.
Onions are an essential ingredient in most Italian recipes and can be used in various different forms. For convenience and speed, dried, flaked, powdered or granulated can be used. Soups, sauces, dressings and casseroles all call for the use of onion either fresh or dried.
Nutmeg is a richly flavoured spice that is used in many pasta dishes in Italian cooking particularly ravioli and tortellini. The flavour of Bolognese sauce and stews are also enhanced by using this spice.
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