3 Italian Recipes That Didn't Exist Before Christopher Columbus

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Italian food has a very long tradition, but perhaps the most important date in Italian culinary history is October 12, 1492. Why? Because that was the fateful day when Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of the Americas and European culture was exposed to a whole new world (no pun intended) of ingredients.

Who could imagine Italian food without tomatoes? Or how about peppers and potatoes? These are all New World vegetables that changed Italian cuisine forever.

While Christopher Columbus is a highly controversial figure these days, we decided to celebrate the contribution of the Americas to Italian cuisine with three dishes that did not, and could not, exist before his fateful voyage.

Happy Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day!

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PIPI E PATATI RECIPE: https://www.pastagrammar.com/post/pipi-e-patati-calabrian-peppers-potatoes-authentic-italian-recipe

POLENTA WITH BEEF STEW RECIPE: https://www.pastagrammar.com/post/polenta-with-red-wine-beef-stew-authentic-italian-recipe

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Nedžad Klaja says:

I believe that Marco Polo was the man who really changed "Italian cuisine" forever. That would be great theme to explore.

Big Red TLC says:

Harper, as a NC native, have you approached Eva about Shrimp & Grits? I wonder.

Adam K says:

I didnt know Columbus brought cow tomatoes etc does that there was no cheese in italy ? I would of thought since marco polo the arab or ottermens being near italy , the spanish right next door that food infulence would be more closer then just one guy i know Italy n Ethiopia conquering history is how coffee became common in italy ,the arabs or turks brought the flat bread concept to italy right ??? The moors invading south italy had an impact

susn1987 says:

Aren't potatoes and tomatoes from South America? No US-thanks here…

SaSSolino says:

Ciao Harper, Hello Eva.

Phil Olivieri says:

As an Italian-Canadian with paternal grandparents from Le Marche and maternal grandparents from Calabria, I’ve been eating polenta and pepe e patate since I was a kid! 😋
Amongst my family and friends, I’m an outlier where Nutella is concerned because I’ve never really liked it nor do I eat it.

Rayne Michelle says:

Unfortunately Columbus was a very bad man, but I appreciate the cultural exchange of ingredients, regardless. And yes, America was name after Vespucci. But whatever the name is, it's the indigenous cultures who selectively bred those food items to make them edible in the first place. White North Americans were not the ones to credit.

theodore Dow-man says:

My Grandma, from Lake Como;
Polenta with Elk Stew was her favorite thing to make BY FAAR!!!
She used a big copper pot & a big wooden spoon, & it took a full day to cook it.
Sooooo good!!!

theodore Dow-man says:

Columbus Day is only controversial if your head is a toolbox…

TJ Otto says:

I tried to recreate the Nutella recipe but unfortunately I forgot to take the lid off thus ending my culinary exploration. 😂

Terri­Beth Reed says:

Just remember one thing>Columbus may have stole & transported the items you just listed to Europe but the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas were the ones that cultivated, produced & created those products that we are enjoying so much today. Without them we wouldn't have a lot of the produce & things we have today.
You'd be surprised at just how many things we have & enjoy today that they were responsible for & it's a very long list.
And I'm proud to have a part of their blood running through my veins.
So please send up prayers for them & their ancestors & thank them for what we have today.

Marcos Cerutti says:

Polenta is amazing!

Scotty G says:

I just love how much fun you two have doing this! I binge watch so fast I forget to save the recipes. But! It Eva’s techniques that really shine. Thank you!

Anthony Alise says:

God Bless Columbus.

Marcus Irwin says:

Potatoes O'Brien is American and has potatoes, green peppers, and onions, sauteed in oil.

Frank DeFrancesco says:

I didn’t know that pepper and potato was Calabrian. I’ve made it for years. My grandparents were from Calabria. It’s in my blood.

Jolly Shandy says:

Does anyone know what is the name of the piece playing in the second recipe?

lionchamp29 says:

pasta carbonara is the best thing i`ve learned here. It`s really that good.

lionchamp29 says:

80% of things they "taught us" is questionable.

wendeln92 says:

So many people getting bent out of shape. The "New World" (including North, Central and South America, plus some of the Caribbean Islands were found by Columbus which means the land west of Europe (and the rest of the known world up to the late 15th century) was new to many Europeans. Yes, it was inhabited by a native population and it was definitely known by certain Norsemen, it was also probably visited by Basque fishermen. If al is understood what is there to argue/bitch about??? It happened, it was probably inevitable, granted certain parts are not very pleasant but show me any human history that is filled only with butterflies and rainbows.

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