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Italian party in a glass

italian party Oggi voglio condividere il post che ho preparato per Megin di VMG206: sono  onorata di far parte della sua iniziativa 30 Days of Summer at VMG206!

Il post è, ovviamente, in inglese e il tema è come organizzare un Italian Party in un bicchiere. Ho preparato delle semplici ricette italiane e le ho servite in bicchieri di vetro: la resa è suggestiva!
Per tutto il mese di giugno, ogni giorno, Megin condivide progetti, idee, ricette, suggestioni sul tema Estate: tante bellissime ispirazioni!

Today we are guest posting at VMG206 : Megin is sharing for each day of June, Sumemertime ideas in 30 Days of Summer at VMG206: be inspired and visit each day this amazing blog!

We are so happy to share with you today our recipes for an Italian party in a glass! You can organize an italian party in a glass almost everywhere: at home, of course, in the backyard, at seaside: every occasion is good to party! Sooo, let’s party!

First we must admit that no, here in Italy we don’t play mandolino all the time and no, we are not garlic and chili addicted and of course we don’t use pasta as baby forumla… This said, we think it’s funny to overdo an italian mise en place for an italian inspired party! Using glasses to serve and display the food is a good idea: it’s stilish and allows you to prepare in advance single servings, having time to enjoy the party yourself!

The summer menu we suggest is:

caprese salad in a glass

pesto pasta salad with tuna and taggiasche olives (a variety of olives typical of Italian Riviera)

panna cotta with berries


caprese salad Well, this recipe is sooo easy we are a little ashamed of writing it. A caprese salad is basically tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. But we give it a flair with a green olives tapenade. There are lots of ways to use tapenade: stirred through pasta, dolloped into  soup, spread on toast or a bruschetta…

caprese salad tapenade
The recipe for tapenade is:

What you need: (serving 6)

– 1/5 clove garlic (again, we don’t like garlic so we use really a little, but you can use up to 1 clove)

– 2tbsp salted capers, washed from salt

– 100g green olives

– 2tbsp fresh parsley

– 1tbsp fresh lemon juice

– 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil

– black pepper

– oregano

– marjoram

caprese salad in a glass How to:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blitz until a paste is formed (we  like to keep it  fairly coarse). Season to taste, if needed


italian pesto pasta salad

This recipe, a pesto pasta salad,  is a favourite of us, Illy lives in the italian Riviera on the seaside and Pesto is a sauce from there. We’ll share our recipe for pesto, prepared using a food processor, in the traditional recipe ingredients are crushed in a mortar. The secret for a green, very green pesto is to avoid salt: stir in at the very end, when you’re ready to serve pesto pasta.

What you need: (serving 6)

– 500 gr short size pasta

– 1/2 cup pine nuts

– 2 cloves garlic (we don’t like garlic so we tend to use it scarcely, feel free to increase the amount of cloves as you like)

– 3 cups fresh basil leaves

– 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

– 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

– salt  about 1/2 tsp

– 1/2 cup taggiasche olives (or any  black olives you like)

– 3/4 cup canned tuna in big chunks.

insalata di pasta al pesto How to:

1. pour 1,5 gal (5 litres) of water in a big saucepan and let it boil. When it boils (and not before) add 1 tbs of salt and pasta and cook until nearly ready: I mean if on the pasta package is written cook for 10 minutes, at 9 minutes drain pasta and wash  with cold, running water. Drain accurately,  then pour pasta in a big saucepan and pour 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil: stir;

2. to make pesto:  in a food processor or blender, blend together basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese and oil. Pour in oil slowly while still mixing;

3.  blend pasta with pesto, then tuna, olives and salt.

4. let the pesto pasta salad cool and serve in glasses


panna cotta with berries sauce Panna cotta ( literally means “cooked cream”)  is a pudding that is made of dairy thickened with gelatin. Panna cotta it’s an easy dessert, perfectly creamy, quick  and accommodating to many dietary adjustments, being naturally gluten-free and adaptable to dairy-free and vegan diets and most of all it’s soooo yummy!  You  need a few ingredients, such as milk, cream, gelatin, vanilla,  often  we don’t even use milk and cream but half and half.

panna cotta recipe
What you need: (for 6 ramekins (or glasses)

– 1 1/2 cups whole milk
– 3 teaspoons powdered gelatin
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1 1/2 cups  heavy cream
– 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
– pinch salt panna cotta How to:

1. if you use ramekins or a single mold, put them in cold water and let them soak;

2. pour the milk into a saucepan and sprinkle the powdered gelatin evenly over top. Let soften for 5 minutes, then set the saucepan over low heat and warm the milk gently, stirring or whisking frequently. The milk should never boil or simmer;

3. after  3 minutes of warming check if the gelatin is dissolved;

4. stir in the sugar and let it dissolve, it will take 2 more minutes;

5.  remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the cream, vanilla, and a pinch of salt;

6. divide the mixture evenly between the prepared ramekins, of course drained wrom water, (or in the single serving mold)  and put in the refrigerator to chill. If serving straight from the cups, without unmolding, chill for 1 to 2 hours but  if you want to unmold the panna cotta, chill for at least 4 hours;

7. to unmold prepare a bowl of hot water: run a thin knife around the sides of a ramekin.  Dip the ramekin in the warm water up to its rim, and hold it there for about 3 seconds, then invert the ramekin over the plate and shake gently to help the panna cotta fall out: done!
You can garnish panna cotta with fresh berries, as we did,  or drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce or sprinkle with chopped nuts: panna cotta is always delicious!

panna cotta con frutta



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  • Reply
    to e - periodiko mas
    Giugno 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Hi dear friends! It’s been some time that we haven’t speak with you…
    Thank you for all those tasty recipes you share with us!
    Many many filia
    Marina – Olga

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    Giugno 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I am drooling all over my keyboard!!!! I am saving the recipes for later use, thanks!

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    Giugno 19, 2015 at 9:58 am

    No ma che spettacolo un pranzo in un bicchiere!!!
    Mi piace tantissimo!

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Grazie Lisa, ci fa un sacco piacere il tuo commento…visto il tuo gusto e le tue abilità in cucina…vale doppio! Un bacione! 🙂

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    Giugno 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Que maravillas de ensaladas de verano. me encantan las fotos que consiguen, les deseo un feliz Finde.
    Doris Estela

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Gracias Doris, we too love summer salads! Feliz semana, besos!

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    Isabel para Alromasar
    Giugno 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    ¡¡Me encanta la comida italiana!! Gracias por compartir estas recetas tan deliciosas y veraniegas y por hacer una presentación tan original.
    ¡Todo un exito para las cenas de las noches de verano!
    Disfrutad del fin de semana.

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Gracias! We love to organize parties…expecially during summer! It’s the perfect time to spend the evening talking with friends staying outdoor! Feliz semana, besos!

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    marcela de Colorin Colorado
    Giugno 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    OMG! You made me drool!! Love the salads, make them all the time but now I’ve got to try the tapenade and definitely the pannacotta since I never made it before. Love the idea of the individuals servings. Looks so cute!!!

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Marcela! Trust me..if you’ll try pannacotta, you’ll love it! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks for your hosting Finde Frugal, it’s really a great party full of DIY inspiration on a budget! Feliz semana! Besos!

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    Giugno 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Mmmmm! Everything looks yummy! I think I’ll try the pesto salad… Thanks for sharing! 😉

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      Luglio 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Gracias Leo, pesto is really yummy and fresh, perfect for summer recipes! Have a great week! Besos!

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    Giugno 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    What a delicious Italian party!!!!!! I love Italian recipes and I am going to PIN all these. Very happy to see you again … Have a wonderfull weekend, kisses 🙂

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Christina for your lovely comment…you’re right, we’ve stopped for a month with our blog for personal reasons and we too are happy to have come back again! Have a great week! Kisses and hugs!

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    Giugno 20, 2015 at 10:32 am

    what a great idea to put all these delicious food in a a jar! I just love Italian cusine!!! Do you have any recipes for pizza? I could eat pizza every day! I’m pinning this! bacio!

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      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Hi Ntina! Sure we have recipes for pizza…and we too could eat pizza every day, we’re planning a pizza party…so….you’re invited!! 😉 Thanks for pinning! kisses!

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    Silvia P.
    Giugno 20, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Sfiziose le vostre ricette, ideali per le cene estive in giardino, io poi adoro finger food e bicchierini!
    Un bacione

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      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Grazie Silvia, anche noi amiamo molto gli aperitivi o le cene all’aperto, ma che non richiedano troppo tempo per essere preparate o servite…così si può passare più tempo insieme agli amici! Un abbraccio!

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    De todo un poco
    Giugno 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Unas recetas ideales para esta época!!! Qué ricas todas, y servidas en vasos me parece una manera muy práctica, bonita y diferente!!!
    Buen finde!

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      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Gracias Anna! Feliz semana! Besitos!

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    Giugno 25, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Great salad ideas! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Sherry, we love salads, expecially in summertime!

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    Giugno 26, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Beautiful, tempting dishes! You’re Italian Party in a Glass is featured this week at Funtastic Friday. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us.

    • Reply
      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Sherry, we’re so happy for your been featured at your lovely Funtastic Friday party!

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    Giugno 26, 2015 at 3:24 am

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    Giugno 29, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Adoro il cibo nei bicchierini, mi sa proprio di party d’estate 🙂

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      Luglio 1, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Anche noi siamo fan del finger food servito nei bicchierini…ma forse si capiva! 😉

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