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Treat yourself to three yummy Italian dishes

Last Tuesday, Ramses Hilton Hotel held a cooking class given by Chef Dimitrios, who unveiled three delicious Italian recipes: potato gnocchi with tomato sauce; mushroom cheese risotto; and veal pizzaiola. For the benfit of those unable to attend, the ingredients and cooking instructions are laid out below.

The class was part of an ongoing series of cooking lessons offered by the hotel, and which have become quite popular since they started two years ago. Among those attending the class on Tuesday were a number of female socialites, including Farida Mansour.

“We give a culinary class every month, focusing on different cuisines from every country, including French, Italian, and Indian,” said Amal Rateb, public relations and advertising manager at the hotel. "People always ask us to give more classes. They come to learn new and creative recipes from professional chefs and enjoy the breathtaking view of Cairo from Windows on the World restaurant,” explained Rateb.

The hotel will be offering more special recipes on 11 April in celebration of Easter.

Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce


Potato, 50 grams

Egg yolks, 2

Parmesan cheese (grated), 10 grams

Flour, 20 grams

Butter, 10 grams

Tomato sauce

Salt to taste


1) Boil the potatoes until tender.

2) Drain well and cool for 10 minutes, mash and combine potatoes with egg yolk and cheese gradually, then add flour and mix together well.

3) Divide dough into portions and roll each portion on a lightly floured surface to form a sausage.

4) Cut diagonally into 1cm slices.

5) Just before serving, add gnocchi to a large pan of boiling water.

6) Boil it uncovered until gnocchi float to surface.

7) Drain well, the sauté in fresh butter.

8) Serve gnocchi with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Mushroom Cheese Risotto


Butter, 10 grams

Olive oil, 1 tablespoon

Onion (finely chopped), 10 grams

Mushrooms (mixed, sliced), 50 grams

Arborio rice, 50 grams

Chicken stock, 200 ml

Parmesan cheese (grated), 20 grams

Fresh cream, 50 ml


1) Heat butter and oil in pan.

2) Add onions and mushrooms and cook until onions are soft.

3) Add rice and stir until combined.

4) Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Keep on low heat until liquid is absorbed.

5) Continue adding stock, then mix until absorbed before each addition. Total cooking time should be about 20-25 minutes.

6) Finish risotto with Parmesan cheese and fresh cream.

Veal Pizzaiola


Veal steaks, 280 grams

Plain flour, 20 grams

Olive oil, 1 tablespoon

Butter, 10 grams

Garlic (crushed), 1 clove

Sugar, ½ teaspoon

Tomato fresh chopped, 180 grams

Tomato paste, 1 teaspoon

Oregano, ½ teaspoon

Capers, 1 tablespoon

Black olives, 40 grams


1) Toss veal in flour.

2) Heal oil and butter in pan.

3) Fry the veal steaks on each side until brown and then put them aside.

4) Add garlic to the same pan, along with fresh tomato, tomato paste and sugar, then boil slowly at low temperature, uncovered until thickened slightly.

5) Add oregano, capers, black olives and veal to pan.

6) Boil it again uncovered for three minutes or until veal is tender.

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