Italian Sizzler

Italian Sizzler

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Italian cooking is wholesome and flavourful. This sizzler is a hearty combination of pasta tossed in a robust mushroom and black pepper sauce and served with zucchini pancakes. Buttered vegetables and a perfectly baked potato topped with a knob of butter complete this meal.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 2 sizzlers.
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For the penne with mushroom pepper sauce
2 cups penne pasta, cooked
1/2 cup onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2 cups mushrooms (khumbh), sliced
2 sticks celery (ajmoda), cut into 25 mm. (1") pieces
1 tbsp plain flour (maida)
1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
3 tbsp fresh cream
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For the zucchini pancakes
1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup grated paneer (cottage cheese)
2 to 3 tbsp plain flour (maida)
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp butter
salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

For the buttered vegetables
1/2 cup french beans , cut into strips
1/2 cup carrot, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 tsp butter
salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

For the baked potatoes
2 medium sized potatoes
2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp chopped parsley
salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

Other ingredients
butter for cooking the pancakes
1 tbsp oil mixed with 1 tablespoon water

    Main Procedure

For the penne with mushroom pepper sauce

    For the penne with mushroom pepper sauce
  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions, garlic, mushrooms and celery and sauté till they are browned.
  2. Add the flour and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes over a slow flame, till the flour is lightly browned.
  3. Add salt and 3 cups of water and simmer till the sauce has thickened (approx. 10 to 15 minutes).
  4. Add the pepper and cream and bring the sauce to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes and adjust the seasoning. Keep hot.
  6. Just before serving, toss the pasta in this sauce and mix well.

For the zucchini pancakes

    For the zucchini pancakes
  1. Combine all the ingredients together except the butter and shape into 4 pancakes, 75 mm. (3") in diameter.
  2. Cook over a medium flame on a non-stick griddle (tava) using a little butter, till both sides are golden brown. Keep aside.

For the buttered vegetables

    For the buttered vegetables
  1. Parboil all the vegetables and immerse them in cold water.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan, add the vegetables, salt and pepper and toss for a few seconds. Keep aside.

For the baked potatoes

    For the baked potatoes
  1. Apply a little butter on the outer surface of each potato and wrap them separately in pieces of aluminum foil.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 45 to 50 minutes or till the
  3. Slit the potatoes in a criss-cross shape to make a cavity in each and spoon some butter into the cavities.
  4. Sprinkle some parsley, salt and pepper on top and keep warm.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Heat 2 sizzler plates over an open flame till they are red hot. Place them on their respective wooden trays.
  2. Reheat the pasta with the mushroom pepper sauce. Serve half on one side of
  3. Top with 2 zucchini pancakes on the other side of the sizzler plate.
  4. Add some buttered vegetables and one baked potato on the other side of the sizzler plate.
  5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients on the other sizzler plate to make another sizzler.
  6. Pour the oil-water mixture on the sides of the cast iron plates for a sizzling effect.
  7. Serve immediately.


Italian Sizzler
 on 01 Jan 20 05:08 PM

Thanks for the Sizzler recipe.
Edited after original posting.
Italian Sizzler
 on 27 Feb 18 12:02 PM

Need video for this recipe. thank you
Tarla Dalal
27 Feb 18 05:00 PM
   Look for it on You Tube on Tarla Dalal channel.
Edited after original posting.
Italian Sizzler
 on 10 Mar 13 10:44 PM

The mushroom pepper sauce and and zucchini pancakes are the heart of the Italian Sizzler.The pancakes are simple to make and great to taste.I do not like mushrooms but I love this sauce with it's mild tarty taste of celery.
Italian Sizzler
 on 23 Dec 11 06:55 PM