How to use saffron in cooking
Unlike the industrial production saffron, organic saffron needs more patience to send out fragrance and a golden-yellow hue. You should put the stigma in a cup, pour boiled water or broth (1-2 ladles) into it, and let it rest for 30 minutes. The ritual is done: saffron is ready for use.
Stuffed courgette with saffron
Wash the courgettes. Cut them in halves and empty. Boil in little salty water to soften. You sautè in extravirgin oil a minced shallot, add then the pulp of the courgettes, the mince aromatic herbs – parsley, thyme, oregano and basil, some Parmigiano cheese, grated bread, salt and the saffron you have already prepared in a cup of water or broth You fill the courgettes, arrange in a baking pan or a flat slightly greased, dust still with scratched bread, and put them in the oven to 180° up to they become fried.
Pasta Fusilli with shrimps and saffron
Prepare the Saffron as the instructions above .Cook the Fusilli in abundant salted water, in the meantime sautè the shrimps in a pan with oil and garlic, when ready add the saffron with his liquid. Pour the pasta in the pan and combine it all for two minules. Add some chopped parsley to garnìsh.
CIean carefully the cuttlefish, cut them in rings and dry them. Lightly stir-fry in oil onion, garlic, tomato, celery and pepper chopped in not too small pieces. Add the cuttlefish, and let it cook for about 7 mìnutes. Add salt, a drop of brandy and let evaporate, Add a cup of vegetabìe broth, without the saffron, cover with the lid and let it slowly cook on a low fire, for about 15 minutes. Remember to stir it every so often. When aìmost cooked, add the saffron, prepared Iike the instructions, make sure the liquid retires and then tum off the fire and let il rest for two minutes keeping the lid on.
Saffron stew chicken
Chop some onion and rake it brown in a pan with a little olive oil: add the chicken and after a few minutes the potatoes and the salt, let it brown for another few minutes, then add half a glass of white wine. Leave for a couple of minutes so that the alcohol evaporates the cover it and cook for about 45 minutes. Five minutes before the chicken is ready and totally cooked, add the broth with saffron, prepared as the instructions, end cook under a low flame.
Rice balls with saffron
Stew 300 grs of rice, for about 15/18 minutes it depends on the quality and type of rice that you have. Drain it and add an egg, two spoons of Parmigiano
cheese, a piece of butter and the cup of water or broth in which you prepared saffron.
Cool down slightly it till when you can make balls. With the damp hands, you take a small quantity of rice and make rice balls as great as a walnut. Now flour them and mix in a beaten egg, add some salt and therefore in the grated bread. Fry for a few minutes and serve hot. Excellent as cocktail and appetizer.
Chop the lamb in small pieces, let it brown at lively fire in a pan with oil add salt and pepper Add garligc, onion, chopped sun dried tomatoes and hand chopped parsley. Let it cook at low fire for a few minutes, then add wine and raise the fire to let it evaporate. Lower the fire and cook for 20 minutes. lf the gravy retires too much add a drop of hot water. Five minutes before the end of the cooking pour the saffron with it’s liquid – prepared as the instructions – and when the liquid is slightly retired, serve very hot.
You will need 600 gr of sheep ricotta and some passito wine. Combine the ricotta cheese with the saffron prepared as the instructions, sugar as you like and a table spoon of passito wine. lt is a quick and easy dessert served in a small glass and accompanied with a very good glass of passito wine.