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Pierpaolo Ferracuti brings the world of couscous back to Italy

After seven years, Italy returns to win the couscous world in San Vito Lo Capo in the province of Trapani, five declarations in total, the last one dating from 2015. Thanks to Pierpaolo Ferracutifrom the Marche region of Porto San Giorgio nel Fermano, owner of several realities, the starry one Background the most famous.

Saturday September 24, Ferracutialready winner the previous weekend of the Italian championship, he faced in the final Shadi Hasbun from Palestine, good at making rich falafel in three different sauces. The blue, meanwhile, focused on the memory of a panzanella that gave a nod to the Mediterranean with prawns and gazpacho.

Comparison with an outcome uncertain to the point that the verdict of the technical jury, formed by Fiammetta Fadda, Chiara Maci, Enzo Vizzari And Paolo Marchi, was absolutely tied: 9 points each. The popular jury, made up of around 120 people, was therefore decisive: 9.37 for Palestine, 9.44 for Italy. The motivation: “Italy wins an edition of Couscous Festival shot as rarely before, almost a parity between an excellent interpretation of Arabic tradition and the elegance of tricolor creativity. To Pierpaolo Ferracuti credit for bringing a popular dish into the haute cuisine category.

Couscous fest 2022: the general public of the final, Saturday September 24 in San Vito Lo Capo

Memory of a panzanellarecipe for the winning dish of edition number 25 of Couscous Festival 2022 in San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily, province of Trapani.

For the panzanelle: 500 g of yellow tomatoes, 4 yellow carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 1 cucumber, 1 apple, 200 g of yellow melon, 200 g of common melon, 100 g of watermelon, 10 g of green pepper, 1 sprig of fresh coriander , 1 sprig of basil, extra virgin olive oil, 50 ml of white wine vinegar.

For the couscous: 300 g pre-cooked couscous, 300 g fish stock, 100 ml lime juice, lemon juice, lime zest, 2 stalks of celery, 1 peach, 200 g marinated shallot, basil oil and coriander oil.

For the basil oil: 500 gr of basil, 500 gr of extra virgin olive oil.

For the coriander oil: 500 gr of fresh coriander, 500 gr of extra virgin olive oil.

For the marinated shallot: 400 gr of shallots in julienne, 500 of white wine vinegar, 250 of water, 250 of sugar.

To garnish: 4 red prawns just trimmed and cut, lemon zest, small basil leaves, coriander leaves.

Method: it starts with the preparation of the panzanella, starting with cutting the yellow tomatoes in 2. Then cut all the vegetable and fruit components in a bowl in the form of cubes, add stale bread in pieces, a sprig of coriander, a sprig of basil, season with olive oil, salt, wine vinegar. Let stand 1 hour.

Pierpaolo Ferracuti celebrated by the boys and the leaders of his team

Pierpaolo Ferracuti celebrated by the boys and the leaders of his team

Then mix everything in the Thermomix, pass it with a medium mesh strainer, pass it all over with a fine mesh strainer, put the result in the Thermomix and mix at maximum speed until you obtain a homogeneous sauce by adding extra virgin olive oil to give structure, leave to rest in the refrigerator.

We prepare the flavored oils, first the basil one, then the coriander one in the same way.

Put the basil and the oil in the thermomix, let it go on speed 6 for 10 minutes at 80 degrees, filter with a chinua lined with absorbent paper and let it drain for 20 minutes, after which we put the basil oil in a bottle . We repeat the same procedure for coriander oil.

We place the couscous in a large container, season it with oil and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, pour the fish broth and let it rest for a few minutes, then with the help of our hands we peel it gently until each grain is divided. We season the couscous with flavored oils, lime juice, celery and diced peach, chopped marinated shallot.

Plating: Using a pasta bowl, place the seasoned couscous in the center of the plate, place on pieces of pan-fried red shrimp, a few slices of toast, diced celery, julienned lime and coriander and basil leaves. We pour the liquid panzanella by making a turn of the plate.

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