Italian Pickled Carrots

These pickled carrots are fresh and tasty, with the perfect bit of crunch. Serve them as a salad, or as part of a snack tray. In the spring, try to find tiny new carrots to pickle for a lovely presentation. If all you have are large carrots though, as we did here, slice them up in bite sized pieces. They will look delicious as well.

Yield: 6 – 8 servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

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Grissini – Breadsticks with Whole Wheat

Grissini, or breadsticks, are a fun and easy addition to the snack tray. Make a batch and dip them into hummus. Or, wrap in prosciutto for an Italian-style appetizer. Vary the toppings depending on preference, or what you’ve got in your kitchen. Don’t forget to serve them in a jar or vase so they look like a delicious bouquet of flowers!

Yield: About 12 grissini
Preparation Time: About 2 ½ hours
Baking Time: About 15 minutes at 425 F

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CALZONE

Originating from Italy, Calzones are like a folded pizza stuffed with all of your favourite ingredients. This version is a veggie calzone filled with fresh vegetables and herbs. Practice measuring wet and dry ingredients and develop the art of kneading dough with this recipe. Tasty Tip: If you made the Tuscan-Style Tomato Sauce, this is the perfect opportunity to bring some out and try as a dipping sauce.

Yield: 4 six-inch calzone

Preparation Time: About 2 hours

Cooking Time: About 20 – 25 minutes

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Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi, though actually a little dumpling, is used like pasta and originates from Northern Italy. Commonly made with mashed potatoes and flour, these fluffy little pillows can be paired with a variety of sauces. Traditionally served with butter or olive oil and fresh sage, we served ours with a tomato sauce. Try pairing your homemade Potato Gnocchi with Project CHEF Tuscan-Style Tomato Sauce.

Yield: 4 – 5 servings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: About 1 hour and 35 minutes

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