This time, Anime Recipes, the most tasty column of MANGA.TOKYO, has a guest cook from our friends at Anime Anime! Shizuku Tsukino takes the apron and is here to make some Iberico Buta no Sage Fuu Poele (Pan-fried Iberian Pork with Sage) and Penne all’Arrabbiata from the Winter 2017 TV anime Piace: Watashi no Italian (Piace: My Italian).
The anime is based on Piacevole!, the currently serialized manga series on comico. Piace: Watashi no Italian is the story of Morina Nanase, a girl who found a part-time job during summer at the trattoria Festa, an Italian restaurant!
Iberico Buta no Sage Fuu Poele (Pan-fried Iberian Pork with Sage)
Iberico Buta no Sage Fuu Poele appears in the anime’s first episode. Maro Kitahara is an elementary school student who has been working at the trattoria Festa as the acting manager since his father’s disappearance. Iberico Buta no Sage Fuu Poele was the first meal Maro made for Morina, and it also becomes the key meal that starts Maro’s love for Italian cuisine.
First, season the pork with salt and pepper, and coat it with flour.
In the original recipe, it says to use four pieces of meat, but to make it look similar to the original drawing, use a big block of meat.
Heat butter and sage over a medium heat in a frying pan. When you start to smell its aroma, add the pork in the pan.
After one surface is properly browned, turn the pork over. Then, grill the pork on low or medium heat until it gets cooked thoroughly. While cooking, keep on covering the pork with the butter inside the pan.
After the pork is completely cooked, place it on a plate. Now, let’s make the sauce. Heat and mix together these ingredients in a pan: anchovies, white wine, peeled cherry tomatoes which are cut into quarters, and lemon juice. Then pour it on the pork.
Ta-dah! Your dish is complete!
This is THE ‘meat dish’!
You can enjoy the good flavor of pork, the tomato’s slight sourness, the anchovy’s saltiness, and the sage’s savory smell. It is a filling meal, but not at all heavy! Also, the pork is cooked on a low heat for a long time, so it is very tender! You can agree to Morina’s praising comment to Maro:
You are still young, but you are already a true professional!
The next menu item is penne all’Arrabbiata, which appears in the comic series’ third chapter, and the anime’s second episode. This is the meal which shows up when Kirihide Konno, the chef who cooks the main dishes, and Morina first meet. Morina tries to bring the penne all’Arrabbiata to the table in a rush, and spills the sauce. This becomes the reason for learning Kirihide’s strong pride in selecting the ingredients.
First, let’s make the tomato sauce.
Heat olive oil and garlic in a frying pan. Then, fry the onions.
Fry the onions until they are caramelized.
After they become golden brown, add the canned tomatoes, bay leaves, and salt to the pan, and cook them on low heat. The tomato sauce is complete!
After you make the sauce, let’s move on to the all’Arrabbiata. Cook garlic, cone peppers, and olive oil on low heat. Then, add the tomato sauce and simmer it on medium heat. Finally, quickly mix it with boiled penne, and you have your penne all’Arrabbiata!
You can taste the cone pepper’s spiciness, tomato’s sourness, and the garlic’s great flavor! It is delicious!
It may look easy in the anime, but after making the dish for yourself you may realize the time and effort it takes. You now might be able to understand how Kirihide felt when Morina spilt the sauce. The pasta looks simple, but the dish has to go through many careful steps.
There will be more new delicious menus, not just in the original comic series, but also in the anime of Piace: Watashi no Italian. What kind of meals and characters will appear next? What will happen to Maro’s love?
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