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Though there are many individual regional cuisines in Italy, northern and southern Italian cuisines are primarily differentiated by the cooking fat and style of pasta commonly used. Northern Italian cuisine (other than on the coast) favors butter, cream, polenta, Mascarpone, Grana Padano, and Parmigiano cheeses, risotto and fresh egg pasta. Southern Italian cuisine tends toward Mozzarella, Caciocavallo and Pecorino cheeses, olive oil and dried pasta. Southern Italian cuisine also makes greater use of the ubiquitous tomato.

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Stuffed Zucchini
(Zucchini Ripiene al Prosciutto)

6 medium zucchini
3 eggs
5 to 6 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, melted
6 ounces Prosciutto, cut into strips
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Steam the whole zucchini for approximately 8 minutes, or until tender. Let cool. Remove ends and cut zucchini in half. Using a melon baller, scoop out center of the 12 zucchini boats. Reserve zucchini for another purpose.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the breadcrumbs, cheese, butter, and ham. Mix well. Transfer mixture to a small skillet and cook until no liquid remains. Season with salt and pepper.

Fill zucchini boats with mixture. Pour the olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons water into a large baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve as side dish, or first course.


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