Risotto alla Salsiccia

A risotto with fresh pork sausages, peas, and parsley. Comfort food from Northern Italy, a dish without too many pretensions.

Spicy Shrimp and Heart of Palm Moqueca

Moqueca is a traditional salt water fish or prawn stew from Brazil. There are two versions, the Moqueca Baiana from Bahia state and the Moqueca Capixaba from Espirito Santo state.

Etruscan-style Rabbit

Tender rabbit meat in a savory sauce of herbs and spices. The original recipe from Tuscany calls for a hare but we’ll use the more easily available rabbit. Its mild flavor is similar to veal or chicken and it’s high in protein and low in fat.

Fish Polpette (Polpette di Pesce)

They are poached in a rich tomato sauce. The preparation is not much different than for meatballs, aside from the fact that they are not fried.

Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)

One of the most popular dishes in Greece. It can be a vegetarian main course or cut into smaller squares as an appetizer or a side dish.

Rock Cornish Game Hens in Escabeche

A variation of Guatlles amb Vinagreta, a traditional Catalan dish made with quails. In the US quails are hard to come by outside the mega cities. I use Rock Cornish game hens, also known as Cornish game hens.

Meat Empanadas

Empanadas, also called Empanadillas (the diminutive), are one of my favorite finger foods and have a sure presence in my parties. They are found all over Spain and in the Americas.