Italian minimalism is less about the simplicity of process, and more about the simplicity of ingredients and flavors. A fresh, delicious Italian meal is defined by its use of organic, flavorful ingredients in a simple way. Minimalism manifests itself in many forms, and in Italian cooking, it is manifested in the use of the most authentic, fresh, and flavorful ingredients. Italian minimalist cuisine takes advantage of bold, flavorful ingredients that do not require additional flavors to make them shine.
Fresh herbs like basil, pictured here are essential to the Italian flavor palette. They bring a brightness and freshness to dishes, as well as beautiful color and fragrance. Basil is very common in Italian cooking and is an important ingredient in recipes like bruschetta or caprese salad.
Salty prosciutto stands out on its own and enhances the flavor of the dish. Sliced prosciutto in Italian cuisine is often served as an antipasto, wrapped around grissini, or accompanied with melon. It is also eaten as accompaniment to cooked spring vegetables, such as asparagus or peas.
Italian minimalist cuisine would not exist without quality produce. Fresh, locally grown produce brings unbeatable flavor to a dish otherwise made with processed, canned, or frozen produce.
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