Food is the way to the heart! Therefore, this Valentine's Day, instead of saying the three clichéd words ‘I Love You’, take your love a notch higher. Say these five words 'I cooked you a meal' and see how you make their day instantly. Firstpost presents to you the first volume of our show ‘Oh My Foodness’.
Watch five-star chefs whip up an elegant but simple three-course meal: an appetizer - Garlic Prawns, main course - Lasagne Portofino, and dessert - Rasmalai Tiramisu, so you can woo your loved one all over again.
For Pesto -
300 gm basil
80 gm pine nuts
250 gm grated parmesan cheese
100 gm pecorino cheese
5 gm sea salt
200 ml extra virgin olive oil
15 gm garlic
For the layers -
200 gm mozzarella cheese
150 gm grated parmesan cheese
200 gm green beans
For Béchamel sauce -
100 gm butter
80 gm flour
500 ml milk
For pasta dough
400 gm farina flour
240 ml water
For Pesto Sauce -
Wash the basil and roll it in a towel until dry
Peel garlic gloves
In the mortar, or in the blender, mix pine nuts, garlic, salt
Add olive oil and basil and make it fine
Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and with the help of the wire whisk incorporate parmesan cheese and pecorino cheese
Taste and adjust salt if necessary
For Béchamel Sauce -
Melt the butter and Add the flour whilst whisking to keep lumps from forming.
When fully combined and a smooth roux add the boiling milk, all in one shot , Whisking briskly to keep lumps from forming
Keep whisking until boiling, reduce heat and simmer still whisking until fully thickened.
Add a pinch of white pepper and season with salt.
For Lasagna -
Prepare the fresh pasta dough and roll into sheets as per standard.
Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Blanch green beans and cut in half inch pieces
Blanch the pasta sheets for 1-2 minutes, remove and shock chill in iced water, remove from iced water and store in container with either plastic or parchment paper between the sheets of pasta.
Butter a GN s/s gastronom ½ insert tray and line the bottom and sides with a sheet of parchment paper.
Mix béchamel and pesto until you will have a bright green sauce
Place the first layer of pasta in the tray.
Spread a layer of sauce
Sprinkle a layer green beans, mozzarella and parmesan cheese
Repeat the steps about four times to make layers of lasagna
Sprinkle a layer of parmesan and finish with pine nuts on top
Bake at 180̊c for 30/35 minutes – covered with foil for the first 20 minutes, foil removed thereafter.
Shave some fresh parmesan on top and serve
Note: Oh My Foodness is a food video series conceptualised and produced by Firstpost.com. The locations and chefs for Volume 1 of the series have been provided by Marriott International. No monetary exchange has taken place in the production of Oh My Foodness Vol 1.
Updated Date: Feb 16, 2018 14:31 PM