F&W Handbook: Best April Recipes
Lamb Roast with Mustard Pan Sauce
The Big Dish: In this twist on traditional porchetta (Italian roast pork), a boneless saddle of lamb is wrapped around a delicious filling of ground lamb and fennel.
Genius Idea: The stuffing, a mixture of ground lamb and fresh herbs, is very versatile; use leftovers for all kinds of dishes.
Fennel Risotto with Crispy Lamb Sausage
Tuna Salad with Chickpea Puree
This chunky tuna salad—inspired by a traditional sauce from Livorno, Italy, of tomatoes, olives and capers—makes a very satisfying one-dish meal.
Matzoh Balls in Brodo
These light, bite-size matzoh balls have a delicious Italian spin—they’re made with ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Beef Brisket with Lemon-Oregano Sauce
This brisket gets rubbed with seasonings, braised and roasted so it’s super-tender with a crisp crust; it goes perfectly with the garlicky oregano sauce.
Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Bread Crumbs
These crispy bread crumbs, flavored with anchovies, garlic, parsley and lemon, are a terrific way to showcase delicious spears of roasted asparagus.
Crunchy, vinegary and a little spicy, this pickled asparagus would make a terrific accompaniment to sandwiches as well as grilled and roasted meats.
This creamy, mayonnaise-free dressing is made primarily with blanched asparagus and canola oil. It’s a terrific, unexpected way to dress any salad.
Fresh Asparagus Pesto
Using asparagus in a pesto with olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, basil and lemon juice creates a very fresh, green and spring-like sauce for pasta.
This superb version of tabbouleh has chopped asparagus as well as traditional bulgur, tomato, parsley and mint.
Spring Peas and Greens with Cacio e Pepe Dressing
Inspired by the classic Italian cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper), this salad features spring greens and fava beans.
Crispy Polenta Bites with Arugula Tapenade
7-Minute Hors d’Oeuvres: Using prepared polenta makes really fast work of these hors d’oeuvres, which get piled with a fresh, crunchy little salad
Triple-Cheese Cheesecake with Amaretti Crust
This killer cheesecake has an ethereally light, creamy texture and fantastic crunchy crust made from honey graham crackers and amaretti cookies.