Le Marche’s Culinary Classics

Italian food has had a massive impact on the British diet in the past few decades.

Did anyone manage to see any of More4 Goes Italian this weekend? I watched some and thought it was great. I particularly enjoyed watching the Top 10 Italian classic dishes presented by Michela Chiappa. It really did make me hungry (particularly the tiramisu!) and also made me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking all of my favorite Italian classics. Just in case you missed any of it, you can catch up and add recipes to your online scrapbook here.

Le Marche is lucky enough to be a region with a long (and award winning) coastline as well as fertile soils for amazing fresh fruit and veg and the prized Marchigiani cattle. As a result, in addition to the Italian Classics featured over the weekend on More4 that we Brits have come to love and enjoy as part of our regular diet, Le Marche has some of it’s own classic dishes:

1 – Olive All’Ascolana – These tasty treats from Ascoli Piceno are olives which have had the stones removed, and are stuffed with a mixture of pork and veal and then dipped into breadcrumbs and deep fried. Yum! They are eaten as an antipasti and are a staple at any sort of celebration. In Ascoli Piceno you can enjoy these from the Migliori street vendor stall, and eat them really hot out of a cone. A real speciality – just try not to eat a whole dish at once!

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2 – Brodetto – This is a fish stew from the Ancona area. It has a tomato base and tradition specifies no less than 13 different types of fish! The Ancona tourist office have published a version of this classic regional recipe which can be found here
3 – Vincisgrassi – This is a delicious, rich and creamy white lasagne. Here is a recipe for this delicious alternative to the traditional lasagne. Let’s see if we can get Vincisgrassi into the British public’s top 10 Italian classic recipes next time round!

For more culinary treats from the Le Marche region, have a look at Marchigiani Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s cookbook, Cucina of Le Marche.