The summer issue

Our summer-packed January issue is out now - featuring our guide to summer rieslings, strawberries and seafood recipes, as well as a look at the best of Bali.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for just $6 an issue - offer ends 29th January, 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Recipes with peaches

Whether caramelised in a tarte Tartin, paired with slow-roasted pork on top of pizza or tossed through salads, this sweet stone fruit is an excellent addition to summer cooking.

Black Star Pastry to open in Carlton, Melbourne

Instagram’s most famous cake, plus a few other sweet hits, is heading south.

Knives and Ink chef tattoos

What is it about chefs and tattoos? A new book asks the inked to answer for themselves.

Ben Shewry's favourite souvlaki restaurant in Melbourne Kalimera Souvlaki Art

Attica’s chef isn’t happiest when eating soils or smears on his days off, it’s souvlaki. We follow him to his favourite spot.

Seabourn Encore luxury cruise ship

Australia is about to get its first glimpse of Seabourn Encore, a glamorous new addition to the Seabourn fleet.

Berry recipes

Whether it's raspberries paired with chocolate in a layer cake, or blueberries with lemon in a tart; berries are a welcome addition to any dessert. Here are delicious recipes with berries.

Coconut crab and green mango salad

"This salad bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours and became a signature on my Paramount menus," says Christine Manfield. "I capitalised on using green mangoes in many dishes as they became more widely available. Blue swimmer crabs from South Australia have the most delicious sweet meat. It's best to buy them whole, cook them yourself and carefully pick the meat from the shell - a tedious task but it gives the best flavour. This entree also works well with spanner crab meat (you can buy this in packs ready cooked from reliable fishmongers). The sweetness of the crab, the richness of the fresh coconut and the sourness of green mango make a wonderful partnership. It's all about harmony on the palate and using the very best produce."

Light and healthy recipes

With fresh ingredients and lots of spices, these light and healthy recipes are perfect for summer.

Chicche di patate e melanzane con ragù (Potato and eggplant chicche with pork ragù)


You'll need

To serve: finely grated Ragusano (see note)   Pork ragù 80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil 650 gm boneless pork shoulder, cut into 12cm pieces 100 gm mild pancetta, diced ½ onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 300 ml dry white wine 500 ml (2 cups) veal stock 1 tsp finely chopped sage leaves ½ tsp finely chopped thyme   Potato and eggplant chicche 1 eggplant (about 480gm), halved lengthways 1 extra-large Dutch cream potato (about 500gm), scrubbed 1 egg 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour

Method

  • 01
  • For pork rag, preheat oven to 150C. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, add pork and turn occasionally until browned (2 minutes each side). Transfer to a casserole. Add pancetta to pan, stir over medium heat until fat renders (1-2 minutes), then add onion and garlic and stir occasionally until very tender (20-30 minutes). Deglaze pan with wine and simmer until reduced by half (2-3 minutes). Transfer to casserole with remaining ingredients, cover and braise in oven until pork is meltingly tender (2½-3 hours). Strain cooking liquid into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to 400ml (35-45 minutes). Meanwhile, coarsely shred pork. Season sauce to taste, return pork to sauce and keep warm.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for potato and eggplant chicche, preheat oven to 200C. Score eggplant halves and roast skin-side down in a roasting pan until very tender (40-50 minutes). Meanwhile, cook potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender (40-50 minutes). Scoop flesh from eggplant (discard skin) and transfer to a bowl. Peel potatoes, pass through a potato ricer into bowl with eggplant, add egg, stir to combine, then turn onto a work surface. Scatter with flour and bring ingredients just together with your hands to form a soft dough. Roll into a 1cm-thick log, scattering with a little extra flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Cut into 5mm-thick pieces, then cook in batches in boiling salted water until chicche rise to the surface (2-3 minutes).
  • 03
  • Spoon ragù onto a platter. Drain chicche, scatter over ragù, top with Ragusano and serve.
Note Ragusano, a semi-hard Sicilian cow's milk cheese made from stretched curd, comes from the mountainous province of Ragusa. It's available from Formaggi Ocello and other specialist cheese shops; substitute parmesan or pecorino.

This recipe is from the April 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Chef Pieto D'Agostino, from La Capinera restaurant in the Sicilian coastal town of Taormina, has a reputation for being one of the island's most exciting chefs, mixing old and new and adding a modern touch to classic dishes. This recipe, using chicche, a rustic pasta akin to gnocchetti, is a take on one of his signature dishes.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

You might also like...

Italian breakfast recipes

recipes

Christmas pudding ice-cream

Pizza recipes

recipes

Raspberry and Mint Mojito

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: L to Z

recipes

Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: B to K

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Mother's Day recipes

recipes

Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Easter recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Classic Italian recipes

recipes

Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Easter lunch recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×