Archive for June 2019

Chef Barbara Alexander from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make a Moroccan-spiced Turkey Pita Sandwich. The turkey is seasoned with Moroccan spice blend Ras al Hanout and harissa then grilled. The sliced turkey is stuffed into a pita pocket with a fresh herb and cucumber salad and drizzled with a creamy lemon tahini sauce. This is certainly a delicious upgrade from your average turkey sandwich!

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How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Chef Barbara Alexander from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to deep fry a turkey. Deep frying a whole turkey results in delicious, succulent meat with perfectly crispy golden skin that is well worth the extra effort. Before you begin, keep in mind that deep frying a turkey can be very dangerous! Improper frying techniques can cause fires as well as severe burns, so proceed with extreme caution and preparation.

More videos in this series are available at http://www.ciaprochef.com/turkey/   

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

Chef Barbara Alexander from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make Smoky Chipotle Turkey Tostadas. The turkey is smothered with spicy smoky chipotle then roasted in the oven. The tostadas are topped with refried beans, sliced turkey, two types of salsa, crema, crumbled cotija and pickled onions.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/turkey/recipes/turkeytostadas  

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Pizza Mastery at Pizzeria Sorbillo

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We can’t leave Naples without meeting the famous Gino Sorbillo, a master of both pizza al forno and pizza fritta. Tourists from around the world make pilgrimages to Pizzeria Sorbillo to sample pizza cooked to perfection in 45 seconds. A great pizzeria like Sorbillo requires an expert to manage the oven, a team member just as important as the person who mixes the dough. Gino talks as fast as his pizza cooks, so hold on to your seat as he shares his methods and explains why he chose New York City for his second location.

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From pizza fritta to pizza al forno, baked in an oven so hot the pie cooks in one minute—that’s the objective at La Notizia, Enzo Coccia’s popular Neapolitan pizzeria. Like many of his colleagues, Chef Coccia believes in a long, slow fermentation for the dough and uncompromising quality in the toppings. But as you’ll hear from this third-generation pizzaiolo, great pizza is really not about the recipes.

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Next, we head to Naples, the heartland of pizza. In this energetic city, the familiar baked pie with the raised rim has a beloved competitor: the tasty pizza fritta, a Neapolitan recipe with a colorful history in the region. For a close-up look, let’s check in at La Masardona, a Naples establishment that has specialized in pizza fritta since 1945. We talk to Enzo Piccirillo at La Masardona about the history of pizza fritta.

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Chef Franco Pepe uses his training in haute cuisine to elevate the pizza at his restaurant, Pepe in Grani in Italy’s province of Caserta. No detail is too small for this meticulous chef who believes that making pizza is a sensory experience that’s different every day. A great pizzaiolo must read the dough, feel it, observe it, and adapt. We talk to Chef Pepe at Pepe in Grani.

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Stefano Callegari, a former pizzaiolo, has turned one bright idea into a small chain of fast-food shops with locations in Rome, Florence, and now New York. Working with pizza dough, Chef Callegari has devised a clever new sandwich format that’s ideal for juicy fillings. He calls his sandwiches trapizzini, and they have taken Italy by storm.

We talk to this pizza innovator about his now-famous trapizzini and his chain of Trapizzino restaurants.

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When in Rome, you’ll want to eat like the Romans do. Roman-style pizza is thin and crisp, easy to consume on the go. Travel to Naples and you’ll discover a noticeably different style, with a thicker rim and a texture floppy enough to fold. But you don’t have to go to Naples to enjoy it. Giulietta pizzeria in Rome makes everybody happy by offering both styles, prepared in two different pizza ovens by two different teams of cooks, using different doughs. Even the proofing rooms are separate. It’s a pizza smackdown you won’t want to miss.

We talk to Chef Cristina Bowerman at Giulietta about the difference between Roman-style pizza versus Neapolitan-style pizza.

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Perfect Pizza at Fucina’s in Rome

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In Fucina, pizza is accorded restaurant-caliber treatment. Chef-Owner Edoardo Papa alters his toppings to reflect the seasons, and he is as choosy about ingredients as any three-star chef. But this acclaimed pizzaiolo would say his real talent is knowing when the dough has proofed enough and is ready to stretch. He calls that the “maturation moment,” and if he misses it, the pizza won’t be a peak experience.

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Let’s check out a favorite pizza shop in Rome where pizza alla palla is a daily ritual for many. This style fits right in with the fast pace of life in the country’s capital, and although pizza alla palla may be fast food, it is produced with great attention to detail. Roscioli is an institution in Rome. A fourth-generation family-run business that serves pizza by weight, Roscioli is beloved for its pizza bianca, pizza rosa, or pizza margherita. We talk to Cesare Agostini about Roman-style pizza: thin like a cracker, and always served hot.

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As you’ve heard many times now, great ingredients are a “must” for great pizza. So let’s search for the ideal flour. At Caputo, the last remaining grain mill in Naples, the third-generation owners specialize in blending wheat varieties to create flours with precise characteristics. For a pizzaiolo, obtaining flour with the desired elasticity and strength is critical. You’ll hear later from some pizzaiolos about the efforts they make to get the flour they want. But first let’s take a look inside Caputo’s modern laboratory. Here flour experts try to please pizza professionals, some of the most demanding flour customers in the world.

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A Passion for Pizza

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Flour, water, yeast, and time—that’s how every pizza begins. Yet for such a simple dish, pizza stirs up passions. Thin and supple…or thick and crisp? Loaded with cheese…or lightly topped? Everybody has an opinion about what makes a good slice and a favorite place to find it. But great pizza? That’s more elusive.

A Passion for Pizza is a video series from The Culinary Institute of America, filmed on location in Naples, Rome and New York City. We follow pizza experts, some of them third- generation pizzaioli, who believe that great pizza can be a transcendent experience. They may differ in their methods, but they share an obsession, a single-minded focus on each element of the dish from the flour to the water to the type of wood in the oven.

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