These Italian dumplings are essentially
ravioli without the pasta covering. For
best results, use fresh ricotta cheese, which
can be found in Italian markets or specialty stores. Semolina is best for coating
the baking sheet; you can substitute
flour, but be careful that the gnudi are
not absorbing too much of it.
Trout is a popular firm-fleshed fish that can vary widely in size and appearance. Smaller trout are generally considered to be the most flavorful. When buying fish, look for fish that is firm, with moist flesh and shiny skin that has no white, dark, or dry spots. The fillets should be tightly wrapped in plastic.
This recipe puts a new twist on our economical dressing-in-a-jar idea. Whip up a tangy marinade using the bit of mustard at the bottom of a jar. (We chose whole grain, but Dijon works just as well.) Toss in a few pantry staples, and shake the container. You'll have enough to coat two chicken breasts or one pork tenderloin.
Like a little black dress, new potatoes are always appropriate and can serve their purpose quietly or stylishly. When tossed with the same aromatic herb rub as a roast and added to the pan alongside it, the tender little tubers turn into a sweeter, nuttier echo of the entree. Meanwhile, the crisper the potatoes get on the outside, the creamier they become within.