Workable's Top 5 - Italian Recipes

Are you ready for your Virtual Weekend? We've selected 5 must-try recipes for your Italian Happy Hour.

Some of the best dishes come together in a matter of minutes – and with just as few ingredients. So, open your cupboard, get creative and enjoy our recipes with family or friends!

 

ARANCINI

Or simply known as rice balls, the perfect appetizer for your Friday evening Virtual House Party. 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 200g of risotto rice
  • 600ml of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 50g of butter
  • 50g of Parmesan, grated
  • 100g of mozzarella cheese
  • Flour, for bread crumbing
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 100g of breadcrumbs, diced
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Cook the onion in a little butter until softened then add the rice
  2. Add the chicken (or vegetable) stock a ladle at a time until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked through, this will take about 15 minutes
  3. Beat in the remaining butter and Parmesan and season to taste
  4. Spread the mixture onto a tray and transfer to the fridge to chill for about an hour or until set
  5. Preheat a deep fryer to 170℃
  6. Cut the mozzarella into small cubes about 2cm square
  7. Form balls of rice around each mozzarella cube, about 4–5cm round
  8. Cover each ball first with flour, followed by the egg wash and finally the breadcrumbs
  9. Deep fry until the balls are golden and crispy, this should take 2-3 minutes
  10. Drain the arancini on kitchen paper and season with sea salt before serving
 

TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

Super easy to prepare but loved by kids and grownups. “La Bruschetta” can be prepared in many ways but there is no Happy Hour if there is no Tomato Bruschetta.
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of bread, large, such as rustic Tuscan or Pugliese bread (if possible)
  • 300–400g of tomatoes, ripe
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, very good quality 
  • 1–2 garlic cloves 
  • 4–5 basil leaves, (keep more for the garnish, don’t be shy)
  • Salt & pepper as you like 
 
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Dice the tomatoes and place in a large strainer. Salt the tomatoes generously
  2. Place the strainer on a plate or in a bowl and allow to rest for 15–20 minutes, turning occasionally to encourage the liquids to be released
  3. Most of the salt will rinse away. If you skip this step, salt accordingly when you add the other ingredients to the tomato
  4. Remove the excess liquid and gently shake the strainer (over the sink) to filter out the seeds
  5. Transfer the tomatoes to a large bowl and add the olive oil
  6. Tear in the basil leaves and finely grate in ½ to 1 garlic clove
  7. Grind in some black pepper (optional) and combine thoroughly
  8. Grill or toast the bread slices until golden on both sides then transfer the tomato onto each slice and garnish with additional basil
  9. For an extra kick, rub the slices with the second garlic clove before adding the tomato
 

BAGNA CAUDA WITH CRUDITÉS

A punchy addition to an Italian Happy Hour platter. A warm mixture of anchovy, garlic, oil and butter, this dish may not look pretty, but it's incredibly tasty!
 
Ingredients
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 100g of milk
  • 300g of olive oil
  • 150g of anchovies
  • 50g of butter
  • Crudités
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Prepare the evening before by peeling the garlic cloves and infusing them in the milk overnight 
  2. Open the anchovies with and remove the fine bones
  3. Remove the garlic from the milk and crush with a pestle and mortar, or wooden spoon
  4. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a low heat
  5. Add the garlic cloves and sauté for a few minutes. Do not let the garlic brown
  6. Add the anchovies and the oil and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes until the anchovies and garlic are soft and incorporated
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and keep warm
  8. Serve with a platter of crudités
 

MINI PIZZAS

Italian Happy hour equals..? Pizza!

Ingredients
  • 4 Servings
  • 250g of fresh pizza dough 250g 
  • Mozzarella
  • Tomato passata
  • Oregano
  • Olives
  • Salt
  • Flour for the work surface and oil for the pan
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough 
  3. Using a pasta cutter 4cm in diameter, cut out circles of dough and place them, slightly separated, on a greased baking sheet
  4. Spread the tomato passata onto the pizzas and bake for 10 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, break the mozzarella into fine cubes
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the pizzas with the cheese
  7. Bake for another 2 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and serve garnished with olives
 

APEROL SPRITZ

For a true and authentic Italian Happy Hour!

2 Servings

  • 150ml proseccol
  • 100ml Aperol
  • Soda to top up
  • 1 orange slice
Put a couple of cubes of ice into 2 glasses and add a 50 ml measure of Aperol to each. Divide the prosecco between the glasses and then top up with soda, if you like.