"Cacio e Pepe" Mini Muffins, all the rich and tasty flavours of the famous "cacio e pepe" pasta, encased in a tiny muffin that bursts with character. Great eaten as is, or perfect appetizer bites that can be filled to taste.
Song of the day: Faded - SoulDecision.
If you're from Rome, like me, you know that there are only two other renowned pasta dishes that can be compared to Cacio e Pepe. And they are the Carbonara and the Amatriciana. I hope many of you had the chance to taste the real deal in one of the Roman trattorie, osterie, restaurants that proudly have them on their menu. If you did, you were up for a real treat.
They are Roman icons and if you did taste those dishes in Rome, you would know that everything you had elsewhere with the same name, was -for the most part- just a faded copy of a masterpiece. Once in a while, we do happen upon a real jewel where the restaurateur holds true and authentic to the classic tradition. And although I have nothing against creativity and fusion dishes, I am kind of a "purist" when it comes to traditional dishes. Because those are the dishes that define our culture and Regional individuality, and if you know anything about Italians, pride is a fuel for confidence.
These Cacio e Pepe mini muffins have the main ingredients of the pasta dish but in a tiny muffin form:
- e.v.o. oil (or butter)
- Parmigiano Reggiano
- Pecorino Romano
- freshly ground black pepper
plus milk, eggs, flour and baking powder, to turn it into a muffin. Easy to make, all you need are two bowls, one for the dry, one for the wet ingredients, a whisk, a spatula, measuring spoons and cups, and a mini muffin tin lined with muffin liners.
After about 20 minutes in the oven and a little resting time, so not to burn your fingers and tongue, you can taste these adorable and oh so flavorful mini muffins. Light and crumbly, almost biscuit like, they have a nice kick from the pepper and the pungent nature of the cheese. They are lovely eaten like that, as a one-bite treat, or if you are planning a party, imagine serving the Cacio e Pepe mini muffins as the vehicle for any filling of your choice. We tried them with goat cheese and jam, and we enjoyed them for breakfast. Other options can be prosciutto and arugula, cream cheese and salmon, melted cheese, or wherever your creativity takes you.
It's summer and a great time for that backyard party and these Cacio e Pepe mini muffins would be a great addition to the arrays of food that you may want to serve.
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