Side Dishes

Slow-cooked green beans in a tomato sauce

You may say that you like your green beans to be firm and crunchy, but after tasting this dish you may also appreciate their sweet, melt-in-the-mouth quality when slow cooked.
January 7, 2010/by Tina

Peperonata ~ Stewed bell peppers

This dish is even nicer the day after it has been made and is delicious warm, cold and at room temperature!
October 14, 2010/by Riccardo
cauliflower

Cauliflower with Tomato, Rosemary & Fennel Seeds

Even self-professed cauliflower haters will love this dish, if you can convince them to try it.
February 25, 2010/by Tina

Baked Tomatoes Filled with Rice

You can only use parboiled rice in this recipe since the grains stay separate. Non parboiled rice will turn into a sticky blob!
April 28, 2010/by Shilpa

White beans cooked in rosemary, tomatoand balsamic vinegar

Creamy white beans in a tangy, herby tomato sauce - this is a Greek-style interpretation of the Tuscan fagioli all'uccelletto. These beans are great served hot or cold, either as an antipasto or as a side dish.
March 28, 2010/by Shilpa

Stuffed baked onions

Simple flavours - onion and smoked cheese - that combine perfectly for a dish that complements practically all main courses.
February 8, 2010/by Manuela

Spicy artichokes

These make a tasty little side dish to have with a main course such as the salt cod in an almond crust.
January 26, 2010/by Manuela

Cannellini beans with tomato and herbs

Literally the name means “in the manner of little birds”: this is the way that small birds were cooked up when they were brought home from a morning’s hunting. Cannellini beans are so much nicer...
January 26, 2010/by Tina

Lentil and celeriac salad

A great way to eat lentils when the weather is war. This salad has great bite and a lovely flavour.
May 14, 2011/by Shilpa

Panzanella ~ Tuscan bread and tomato salad

This is a great dish to make a couple of hours in advance in the summer, to have ready waiting for you in the fridge when you get back home. It is light yet satisfying.
January 24, 2010/by Tina

Cecina – Baked chickpea pancake

There are versions of this all the way up to the French Riviera. In Livorno (Leghorn) it is served as an energy-packed sandwich.
January 2, 2010/by Manuela

Polpettine di patate
Tuscan potato croquettes

The flavours of the nutmeg, garlic and parsley really stand out in this simple peasant side dish/appetizer.
January 2, 2010/by Manuela

Creamy celery in tomato sauce

This is an original and tasty dish, ideal for using up leftover celery (those heads are always a little large to use up in one go…) It tends to come out creamier using spelt flour to coat, but wheat flour is fine too.
August 24, 2008/by Riccardo