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Italian Vegetable Side Dishes

Contorni are the vegetables that typically accompany the secondo, or main course.
The word comes from the Italian word for 'contours' or 'outlines', a reflection of of the
Italians belief that vegetables give shape and structure to a meal.
Green Beans with Garlic, Parsley, and Bread Crumbs
Vegetable Side Dish Recipes
A collection of delicious vegetable dishes including artichokes,
asparagus, green beans, cabbage, cardoons, carrots, mushrooms,
and Brussels sprouts.
Oven Roasted Potatoes
How to Roast Vegetables
Roasting vegetables is simple.  Just add olive oil,
salt and pepper and bake in a 400 degree oven. 
The flavor of every vegetable becomes concentrated
and delicious.

How to Roast Vegetables  >>
Holiday Dinner Side Dishes
Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Orange and Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
Corn Pudding
Cranberry Relish
Honey-Mustard Carrots
Braised Leeks with Parmesan
Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
Peas and Prosciutto
Fennel (Finocchio) Side Dishes
Green Beans and Fennel
Fennel is native to the Mediterranean region, but has become widely naturalised in many parts of the world.  This anise-flavored member of the parsley family is one of Italy's most popular vegetables.

Fennel Recipes  >>
Zucchini Fries
Zucchini Side Dishes
The word zucchini is the popular Italian name for summer squash. Practically every part of the zucchini plant is edible.

Zucchini Recipes  >>
Eggplant Caponata
Eggplant Caponata
This classic Sicilian sweet and sour eggplant dish is a cooked vegetable salad.  Serve it as a side dish to meat or fish or as an appetizer with bread or polenta.

Eggplant Caponata Recipe  >>
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Everyone knows that olive oil is a "good" fat, but at 120 calories per tablespoon , it's still best to use sparingly.  Get the best of both worlds with an oil mister.  Fill it with olive oil, pump to create pressure for an aerosol-like spray, then use it to apply a waistline-friendly amount of oil to salads, fish, vegetables, popcorn, and more.
Italian Salsa Verde
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon capers

In a mini food processor,
puree all the ingredients.
Season with salt and
pepper. Drizzle on fish or
vegetables.

Makes 1 cup
Artichokes with Lemon and Parsley
Artichoke Side Dishes
Artichokes are popular throughout Italy but particularly among the Romans.  Find out more about artichokes and try our variety of recipes, some made with fresh, frozen, or canned artichokes.

Artichoke Recipes  >>
3 WAYS TO
BAKE POTATOES
TO GET CRISP SKIN
Prick all over with a fork,
rub with olive oil, and
bake at 400 degrees F.
for 1 hour.

TO MAKE THEM AHEAD
Individually wrap in foil
and place in a slow
cooker. Cover and cook
on low for 8 hours.

TO SPEED THEM UP
Prick all over with a fork
and microwave on high
for 10 to 20 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE
COMPOUND
BUTTER
Compound butter can
make any simple
vegetable taste gourmet. 
You can also use
compound butter to top
grilled steak, chicken, or 
fish.

1.  Place 1 cup of
unsalted, room
temperature butter, 3
tablespoons of chopped
herbs (like thyme,
oregano, and parsley)
and 1 teaspoon of salt in
a bowl.

2.  Use a rubber spatula
to combine the
ingredients.

3.  Form the mixture into
a log, about 1-inch in
diameter, and wrap with
plastic wrap.  Refrigerate
up to one week or freeze
up to 2 months.

4. Cut off a piece as
needed and stir into
cooked vegetables or
spread on top of cooked
meat or fish.
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Gatto - Neapolitan Potato Cake
Neapolitan  Potato Cake
Full of salami and cheese, it is a rich side dish, usually served with something simple, such as grilled meat, sausage, or a roasted chicken.  When you cut into it, the melted cheese oozes out of the center.

Potato Cake Recipe  >>
Neapolitan Potato Croquettes
Neapolitan Potato Croquettes
Pototo croquettes are small cylinders of mashed potatoes combined with eggs and Parmesan cheese wrapped around a cube of mozzarella and then coated with bread crumbs and fried.

Potato Croquettes Recipe  >>