Master authentic methods and delicious recipes for Northern Italian staples with help from expert Italian chef and cookbook author Luca Manfè. Start with a nourishing lemon and asparagus risotto made with a homemade vegetable stock that packs this dish with incredible flavor. Learn the secrets to Friulian frico, a savory pie from Luca's home region, filled with potatoes, onions and tangy cheese. Then, Luca shows you three ways to make delicious polenta: creamy, grilled and fried! Pasta is next: Find out how to make fresh egg pasta filled with a rich ricotta-broccoli rabe filling and drizzled with a little butter to really let your flavors shine. Lastly, learn two authentic Northern Italian ways to cook fish, including al cartoccio, or "in a bag," and master braised beef that always guarantees rave reviews.
Meet chef Luca Manfé, your guide to cooking the Northern Italian way. In this first lesson, Luca will show you an easy way to make your own homemade stock. Then you'll learn how to take that stock and use it to make the most delicious risotto you've ever tasted.
Learn how to make the most traditional dish from Luca's native region: frico, a delicious blend of potatoes, onions and cheese. Frying up frico requires a few simple yet special techniques. Luca will demonstrate how two wooden spoons and the lid of your pan are key to getting the frico's crispy crust.
Discover Luca's secret to quick and creamy polenta, along with two other ways to prepare the versatile side dish. See how a grill pan and some hot oil can turn chilled polenta into smoky squares and crispy fries. And learn a trick for figuring out exactly when that oil is ready for frying.
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