As an Italian cuisine lover, you might sometimes think of how to replace those boring side dishes. If you are thinking which dishes can accompany your Italian pasta or other main dishes, you are not alone. From garlic bread to delicious bowl of pine nut & pear salad, here are a few Italian side dishes worth trying.
Fried zucchini blossoms make for a great side dish that can be served as an Italian breakfast or with the evening snacks. Take fresh zucchini blossoms and stuff them with different cheeses before frying them in olive or peanut oil. Combine rice flour, salt, and water for the batter. You can also use herbs and spices for filling the zucchini blossoms.
Italian Meatball Buns
How about combining your favorite Italian meatballs with buns? Although you can eat the two separately, nothing can beat eating a bun with a meatball inside. Prepare the meatball buns by wrapping frozen and cooked meatballs in frozen bread dinner rolls and baking them. Brush the rolls with oil and don’t forget to garnish them with some basil and cheese. Serve the meatball buns with tomato or chili sauce.
That fresh garlic on crusty bread slices takes awesome. This Italian food makes for one of the best Italian side dishes to serve with soups, lasagna, or snacks. Well, garlic bread is so easy to make. Just combine butter and garlic and spread this mixture on bread slices. Bake the slices in the oven at 350° until golden brown. Don’t forget to top the unbaked slices with parsley and oregano.
If you love mushrooms, nothing can delight you more than this recipe. Stuffed mushrooms make for one of the most delicious Italian side dishes. Prepare the mushroom recipe by cooking sausage with onion and garlic. Once cooked, break the sausage and stir in some cheese, bread crumbs, spices, and parsley. Take mushroom caps and stuff them with this sausage mixture and bake the caps until tender.
Risotto alla Milanese
Risotto lovers can have a taste of this amazing, vibrant color rice dish. Prepare Risotto alla Milanese by heating chicken stock with saffron. Cook rice separately with butter, onions, and white wine. Combine the rice mixture with warm stock and cook until rice is creamy. Season the dish with black pepper and salt or cheese of your choice.
Pear & Pine Nut Salad
Pear and pine nut salad is something that satisfies hunger pangs of health-conscious people. Prepare this salad by mixing pears, arugula, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle some pine nuts and raisins over the salad. Combine some balsamic vinegar, pepper, olive oil, and salt. Pour this dressing over salad and enjoy! You can also pour some cream cheese over the pear salad.
Artichokes are one of the popular superfoods known for being loaded with nutrients. They boost digestive as well as liver health and are also good for diabetics. Make roasted artichokes by cutting off them so as to open them. Take a bowl and combine white wine, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic, and chili flakes. Pour this mixture over the artichokes and bake them at 500° for 45 minutes.
Tomatoes are great to have in summer and this side dish will let you have all the goodness of tomatoes. Make slits in the plum tomatoes and fill the slit with cheese mixture. Prepare the cheese mixture by combining Italian seasoning, olive oil, salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese. Drizzle the tomato slices with some balsamic glaze and then serve. You can also garnish the tomato slices with parsley.