A Luxe Touch from Breville, for your Long Lunch
Few things exemplify the heart and soul of life like a sprawling, Italian-style long lunch. And few brands make it as easy to prepare and enjoy as Breville.
The long, sultry days of summer may be well behind us, but even on a mild autumn or early winter’s day the sun still often comes out to play. And when it does, Australians know to make the most of it, with outdoor entertaining a year-round passion for many.
For such occasions, there are few more inviting arrangements than a classic, long-table lunch with family and friends – and few cuisines more suited to such an affair than Italian, thanks to the snackable joys of antipasto with fresh-baked ciabatta loaf, the shareable charms of pizza and pasta, and the palate-cleansing digestif of fresh-made gelato – a treat no matter what the weather’s doing – followed by a glass of vino or an espresso.
It begins with antipasto. “A simpler, more inviting first-course is hard to imagine,” says Paul Diamond, publisher of Selector. “Think soppressata, olives, artichoke hearts, anchovies, mushrooms and veggies drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, provolone and fresh mozzarella balls: all appetising delights your guests can graze on before bringing out serves of pizza and pasta for the mains, and a cinch to put together.”
Cook some of these delicious recipes with The Bakery Chef Hub™ with The Pasta Chef™ attachment, and the Breville’s Smart Oven Pizzaiolo™
Neapolitan Pizza Pizza Dough Fresh Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Pecorino
CHEF’S LITTLE HELPERS
Advance preparation of your mains is key to getting maximum enjoyment from any long lunch. The smart entertainer lets appliances – such as The Bakery Chef Hub™ bench mixer from Breville – do the heavy lifting. Preparing the perfect dough for the pizza, for instance, is as simple as attaching its dough hook accessory and letting its powerful 1000W motor and 360º mixing motion go to work.
Add The Pasta Chef™, a die-cast stainless steel attachment featuring a pasta roller and a fettuccini cutter, and you’ll be creating pasta dough for your mains in no time, turning beautifully prepared pasta sheets into freshly crafted fettuccine with minimal effort. It’s instant mastery at your fingertips, letting you whip up a fettucini alfredo or carbonara in no time.
Back to the pizza! When it comes to this beloved dish, the fresher the better: have some just-picked basil from the garden at hand if possible (or get the kids to gather it for you as you sauce the base). Whether you prefer the timeless appeal of a classic Margherita or the spice and fire of a hot Calabrese, pizza never misses – especially when it has that lovely Neapolitan-style leopard-spotted crust that Instagrams so well.
Pizza shouldn’t be hard. Breville’s Smart Oven Pizzaiolo™ – the first domestic countertop oven capable of hitting 400ºC – lets you prepare authentic, woodfire-style pizza in just 2 minutes. New York-style, thin and crispy, pan-based crusts; it handles them all without skipping a beat, delivering brick-oven performance to your benchtop.
Above: Enjoy a beautiful Margherita in less than two minutes with spotted leopard crust using Breville’s Smart Oven PizzaioloTM.
PAIRING ITALIAN WITH WINE
One of the best things about an Italian feast is that pairing wine with your mains couldn’t be simpler. “Creamy pasta sauces are ideal with a Chardonnay,” says Diamond. “Tomato-based sauces on the other hand – whether in pasta or pizza – find a natural counterpart in a flavoursome Italian-style Sangiovese.”
Wine Selectors’ Tasting Panel co-Chairman Adam Walls agrees. “When it comes to Italian, I stick to the old theory of what grows together, goes together,” he says. “Most Italian-style wines like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, Fiano and Vermentino are all going to be good options with either pizza or pasta, depending on your sauce and seasoning.”
Above: craft a beautiful Margherita pizza or delicious fettucine with Breville’s Smart Oven Pizzaiolo™ and The Pasta Chef™.
Wrap up your repast with a scoop of gelato or a tiramisu and an espresso… or, to be truly indulgent, an espresso martini! Prep your espresso in the Barista Pro™ by Breville for a flavourful coffee shot with beautiful crema to use in your tiramisu or espresso martini.
And enjoy a no-mess, no-fuss dessert-making experience with Breville’s Smart Scoop®: its Keep Cool functionality keeps your desserts chilled and churned for up to 3 hours until it’s time to serve, meaning you can prep it before the table’s even set, ready to enjoy at the right moment.
Your guests will be too busy living it up to notice how effortlessly it’s all come together. After all, good company and great conversation are as much the ingredients of a long table lunch as anything that grows under the sun.
Left: Espresso martinis take your long lunch to the next level; Breville’s Smart Scoop® makes dessert easy, from ice cream to gelato; Right: the Barista ProTM is a coffee lovers dream-machine.
WIN ITALIAN STYLE INSTANT MASTERY
Selector Magazine have teamed up with Breville to give you a 1 in 5 chance to win this Italian inspired prize pack valued at $1,176!
Elevate your entertaining skills with the help of Breville and let The Bakery Chef Hub™ with Pasta Chef™ attachment do the heavy lifting at your next Italian-style long lunch! Prepare the perfect dough for pizza, roll beautifully prepared pasta sheets for fettuccini and more, to enjoy with a mixed dozen of Australia's best Italian-style wines from us!
1 x Breville The Bakery Chef Hub™ with The Pasta Chef™ attachment
1 x Wine Selectors mixed dozen of Australia's best Italian-style wines
To go in the draw to win this prize, follow the instructions on Selector Magazine's Instagram post.