Perfect Italiano Masterclass with Chef Lino Sauro

I love cheese – mozzarella, parmesan, camembert, cheddar… Thanks to Perfect Italiano, I had the chance to join their masterclass with Chef Lino Sauro, owner of Gattopardo where we learn how to incorporate their cheese into some dishes. It looks easy to cook the dishes but in fact, it takes a lot of time and effort to whip up a good one. I was lucky to pair up with a food blogger as he had shared with me certain tips along the way hehe!

How did Perfect Italiano begin? In 1922, Italian immigrant Natale Italiano arrived in Australia. Keen on continuing his family’s rich cheese making traditions, Natale started the Perfect Cheese Company in 1930. Natale prided himself on producing simple and authentic Italian cheese using century-old methods he had taught himself back home in Southern Italy.

There are a whole range of Perfect Italiano cheeses, but in Singapore, there are three types – Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Cheese, Perfect Italiano Parmesan Cheese and Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus Cheese. Only the best ingredients are used so that you can achieve simple and delicious recipes, anytime and anywhere. Chef Lino Sauro had demonstrated three simples dishes using Perfect Italiano cheeses. They are fairly easy to cook and here are the recipes in case you need them!

Wanton Ravioli with Soya Marinated Prawns and Parmesan Fondue

Ingredients:
100g Perfect Italiano Parmesan Grated Cheese
100g Anchor unsalted butter
20pcs wonton skin (square shape)
20g light soya sauce
30g olive oil
2 garlic cloves
110g full cream milk
1 stalk of spring onion
20g white wine
10pcs tiger prawns

Directions:
1/ Peel and marinate prawns with soya, garlic, olive oil and spring onion.
2/ Make Parmesan fondue by mixing Perfect Italiano Parmesan Grated Cheese, milk, butter and white wine.
3/ Warm up mixture in a bain-marie till creamy and season with white pepper.
4/ Fill wanton with prawn. Seal nicely, put in boiling water for 3 minutes.
5/ Pour fondue on plate and lay down the ravioli.
6/ Season with Perfect Italiano Parmesan Grated Cheese and spring onion.

Rice Roll with Mozzarella Cheese and Salmon

Ingredients:
300g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated Cheese
200g sushi rice
4 sheets of nori (seaweed)
150g cured/smoked salmon
100g cucumber (cut into strips)
50g rice vinegar
5g wasabi
200g mayonnaise

Directions:
1/ Place a sheet of nori on bamboo mat.
2/ Spread and flatten rice on top of nori.
3/ Lay down salmon, cucumber and Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated Cheese in the middle.
4/ Hold on to the ends of the bamboo mat and roll, making sure that the ingredients are held inside it.
5/ Remove bamboo mat and cut rice roll by one inch.
6/ Warm up rice roll to melt Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated Cheese.
7/ Serve with mayonnaise and/or wasabi.

Deep Fried Potato with Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients:
200g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated Cheese
400g potatoes
50g corn starch
50g onion (chopped)
5g cinnamon
5g ground black pepper
5g curry powder
2 eggs
4 garlic cloves
30g lemongrass (minced)
20g shallots (minced)
300g Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)
Lemon zest
Some oil to fry

Directions:
1/ Shred potatoes in food processor and place in strainer. Sprinkle with salt. Drain for 15 minutes.
2/ Mix dry seasonings.
3/ Squeeze potatoes dry and place in mixing bowl.
4/ Add cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Add all remaining ingredients (except panko crumbs and oil) and mix well.
5/ Add Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated Cheese. Drop a tablespoon mixture into the panko crumbs. Coat all the way around.
6/ Heat oil in pan. Lower patties into oil and flatten patties with a spatula. Patties should be 2 inches across.
7/ Fry until crisp and golden on the bottom. Fry the other side.
8/ Drain the ready to serve. Serve with sweet and sour sauce.

A group photo with Chef Lino Sauro! =)

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites
Recipe here, slightly modified by me.

I went back home to whip up a dish myself with Perfect Italiano cheese! The presentation looks awful but still edible haha! But practice makes perfect! I’m gonna try cooking again. Here is the recipe if you are interested. smile

Ingredients:
100g Perfect Italiano Parmesan Grated Cheese
400g thin spaghetti, broken in half
8 hot dogs, cut into three even pieces
100g unsalted butter
1 cup of milk

Directions:
1/ Set a large pot of water to boil.
2/ Thread 5-7 spaghetti strands through each hot dog piece. Cook until pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes.
3/ Mix milk, butter and Perfect Italiano Parmesan Grated Cheese to make the sauce.
4/ Serve cooked spaghetti with sauce.

Thank you Perfect Italiano for the warm hospitality. More recipes can be found at www.perfectitaliano.com.sg!

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