Tuscany is known for its mouth-watering food, and world famous Tuscan dishes. It’s a magnet for foodies, and anyone who enjoys traditional Italian cuisine. Whilst in Tuscany, if you really want to get to know the cuisine, you should consider doing a cooking course, going on cooking tours, and even hiring a Tuscan chef. After your visit to Tuscany, you might be inspired to bring the taste of Tuscany back home by attempting to cook some of your favourite dishes.
Impress your friends by rustling up unique Tuscan specialities at dinner parties, or treat yourself by cooking the occasional Tuscan inspired meal. We want to help you to recreate some of the best Tuscan recipes in the comfort of your own home, so we have handpicked our favourite dishes below.
Try cooking some of the best Tuscan meals from the selection below and become an expert in Tuscan cooking in no time. Learn how to cook well-known dishes such as Panzanella, Papa al pomodoro, Pappardelle Alla Lepre, Cacciucco and Baccalà alla Livornese. Make sure you send us pictures of your creations and let us know which recipes are your favourite!
Baccalà alla Livornese (Livorno Salt Cod)
Serves: 2 people Cooking time : 50 minutes Calories: 350 per serving Expertise level: 2 out of 3 Ingredients: 400 g soaked salt cod oil for frying 200 g cherry tomatoes or tinned tomatoes extra virgin olive oil garlic parsley pepper flour 1. Remove the bones from the salt cod with tweezers, then cut into pieces. Flour the pieces of fish and fry well on both sides. 2. Then remove any excess oil using kitchen paper. 3. Cook the cherry tomatoes in a pan with the oil, cloves of garlic and pepper. 4. When the sauce has thickened, gently place the salt cod in the pan. 5. Leave to cook for about twenty minutes, the time required to cook the tomatoes. 6. Remove the cloves of garlic and serve with some chopped parsley.Read more
Biscotti di Prato alle Mandorle (Prato Almond Biscuits)
Serves: 6 people Cooking time : 80 minutes Calories: 450 per serving Expertise level: 2 out of 3 Ingredients: 400 g flour 250 g sugar 250 g peeled almonds 3 eggs 3 egg yolks 1 sachet of yeast pinch of salt Beat together the 2 eggs, egg yolks and sugar, then add the flour, yeast and a pinch of salt. Gently roast the peeled almonds and when cooled, add to the dough. Mould the dough into 3 sausage shapes that are 3 fingers wide and 1 finger high. Place on a greased and floured baking tray, well-spaced out, brush with beaten egg and cook in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut across each 'sausage' sideways with a knife. Return to the oven for about 10 minutes until crunchy. The biscuits are best served with a good Vin Santo from Tuscany.Read more
Carciofi Ripieni (Stuffed Artichokes)
Serves: 4 people Cooking time : 40 minutes Calories: 250 per serving Expertise level: 1 out of 3 Ingredients: 4 artichokes breadcrumbs salt pepper 4 slices of cured ham 4 slices of Pecorino cheese oil garlic Wash the artichokes, remove the greenest leaves, then trim off the pointed tips on each leaf and open up the leaves like a flower. Trim the stems so the artichokes sit on a flat surface. Mix the breadcrumbs, slices of ham, garlic and the pieces you removed from the bottom of the artichoke in a mixer. Stuff the centre of each artichoke with the mixture, place in a tall saucepan with a little oil, season with salt and pepper. Cook slowly and when nice and hot add just under half a glass of water to the bottom of the tray, cover and continue to cook slowly. After 20 minutes, place the slices of Pecorino cheese on top of the artichokes. Wait a few minutes and serve while still hot.Read more
Serves 4 people Cooking time : 130 minutes Calories: 500 per serving Expertise level: 1 out of 3 Ingredients: 300 g fresh cannellini beans 1/2 glass extra virgin olive oil 200g tinned tomatoes 4 pork sausages 1 sprig of sage 2 cloves of garlic salt to taste ground pepper to taste 1. Start by cooking the beans, which requires particular attention: place the beans in a pan, possibly terracotta, and cover with four fingers of water. 2. Gentle bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to cook over a low heat until tender but not falling apart. 3. When the beans are ready, sauté the garlic and sprig of sage in a little oil in a pan. 4. After 2 or 3 minutes, add the tinned tomatoes and cook until you have a fairly thick sauce. 5. Then add the beans you prepared earlier, add the peeled sausages, and cook for at least 15 minutes. 6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Once ready, serve while still hot.Read more
Ficattole fritte (Fried Ficattole)
Serves 4 people Cooking time : 75 minutes Calories: 800 per serving Expertise level: 1 out of 3 Ingredients: 300 g flour type 00 30 g brewer's yeast water salt to taste oil for frying 1. Flour the work surface. 2. Dissolve the yeast in half a glass of lukewarm water and a pinch of salt. Mix in the flour and, if necessary, add more water. 3. The dough should be quite soft. 4. Roll the dough into a ball, place into a floured bowl and cover with a clean tea towel or cling film. 5. When the dough has doubled in size (around an hour), use a rolling pin to roll it out until about ½ cm thick. 6. Cut into strips and fry in hot oil. 7. Salt the ficattole and serve hot. They can be served with delicious cold cuts such as Mortadella di Prato, ham, salami, and Finocchiona.Read more
Fiori di Zucca Fritti (Fried Courgette Flowers)
Serves 4 people Cooking time : 30 minutes Calories: 260 per serving Expertise level: 1 out of 3 Ingredients: courgette flowers 275 ml sparkling water 185 g flour salt to taste seed oil First prepare the batter. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, and gradually add the water while mixing to avoid any lumps. Once you have a smooth batter without any lumps, add the salt. Place the batter into the fridge for at least half an hour. Carefully wash the flowers, then gently immerse them into cold water. Drain well and gently pat dry with a clean tea towel. Using your fingers, remove the courgette flowers from the stems and then remove the pollen-covered pistils from the inside and the bits at the base of the flowers. Place the clean courgette flowers into a bowl. Heat some seed oil in a large frying pan. Now gently cover the flowers in batter, one at a time, being careful not to break them. Then immediately add each flower to the boiling oil, making sure to turn while cooking. As soon as the flowers are ready, drain and place in a bowl lined with kitchen paper to remove any excess oil. Serve the courgette flowers while still hot.Read more
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