Easter Monday appetizers
We begin our Easter Monday lunch with that most symbolic of spring vegetables: asparagus. With its unmistakable flavor and excellent nutritional properties, in this dish they are fried. Having removed the woody part with a potato peeler, boil them in lightly salted water for 5 minutes and drain. Cut each asparagus in half then line them up parallel and pierce with two toothpicks. Dip them in egg and bread them with flour and breadcrumbs. Cook them in a pan over low heat with a drizzle of oil, then serve accompanied with some of the dips you can also find in our tasty appetizers... you won’t be able to resist temptation!
Classic Easter Monday appetizers also include the typically Ligurian Torta Pasqualina pie made of eggs and artichokes, but to really amaze the most demanding palates we propose a very special dish that expands the list of possible pairings with our Taggiasca Olive Spread.
We are talking about a savory Colomba filled, as mentioned, with olive spread. To make it you will need the following ingredients: 9 oz 00 flour, 9 oz Manitoba flour, 2 eggs, 7 fl oz milk, 3 fl oz of Carli Pure Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon sugar, 0.7 oz brewer's yeast, and, of course, Carli Taggiasca Olive Spread. Start by putting the room temperature milk and the brewer's yeast in a large bowl with a teaspoon of sugar. Add in the eggs, the 00 flour, the Manitoba flour and the our Pure Olive Oil. Knead the mixture, adding salt as you go, until you have a smooth dough. Cover in plastic wrap and leave to proof for at least three hours. At this point roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface and divide into two equal parts: roll out one part in the shape of a rectangle, fill with the olive pate and roll up to form a loaf (i.e. the body of the ‘dove’); roll out the other part and fill in the same way but then divide it into two parts to form the wings. After the second proofing, brush with beaten egg and decorate as desired with seeds. Bake in a preheated conventional oven at 350F for 40 minutes or until golden brown and serve with our Vegetables in Oil.