1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
2-1/2 cups flour
4 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
2 cups grated zucchini
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Cream butter, oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Mix in zucchini and chocolate chips. Bake in a greased and floured bundt pan or a 9 inch x 13 inch greased pan at 350 deg F for about 50-55 minutes. Mangiare!
Bread Crumbs (Panko if no bread crumbs available)
1. Wash and dust asparagus with white flour – set aside.
2. In a bowl add 2 eggs, a splash of water. Beat mixture well.
3. Add Garlic Powder and Seasoning Salt to egg mixture.
4. Soak or dip the dusted asparagus in egg mixture and then roll or cover with bread crumbs.
5. Set aside or in fridge for 10 minutes which allows coatings to stick.
5. Deep fry until golden brown and serve immediately with dipping sauce….Mangiare!
There are many options or variations for dipping sauce. Try 1 cup of mayonnaise with some hot chili sauce and Tabasco…..fold together in bowl and serve. Some like the sweet chili sauce or finely diced green chili peppers.
What is a Fritatta? A Fritatta is a fried Italian dish using whisked or beaten eggs similar to a Spanish omelet. Like an omelet and depending on your tastes, it can have a wide variety of ingredients. Our easy Italian Fritatta Recipe:
5 or 6 eggs
One Mild Italian sausage – casing removed
1/2 white onion diced
Salt and Pepper
In an oven safe frying pan (example stainless steel ) cook your mild sausage, onions, mushrooms. The butter coating will help prevent sticking.
Preheat oven to 425 deg F.
In a separate bowl whisk your eggs, add 1/3 cup milk and whisk well right up until you add it to your saucepan. This will increase the fluffiness.
Once your sausage is cooked, add the spinach let simmer for a minute. Add the whisked egg mixture, shredded cheese on top and cook for a couple minutes on medium heat. When it starts to set place the frying pan in the oven and cook at 425 deg for 10-12 minutes.
Easter in Italy does not typically involve the Easter Bunny. It is a time of celebration and with that comes FOOD. Some of the foods your will encounter vary from region to region however some popular gifts or treats typically given at this time of year include a large hollow chocolate Easter Egg which has a prize inside and another is Pane Di Pasqua or Easter Bread.
A family tradition Mamma enjoys is giving all the children the hollow chocolate Easter Egg and a loaf of bread or Pane di Pasqua. Mamma’s version is lightly sweetened and she uses dough to wrap around a single egg. Some versions have an egg at either end of the bread and some like to paint the eggs.
Another family favorite we enjoyed growing up was the lupini. This bean is high in protein, comes dry and once soaked they become sweet and tender. This bean is a healthy nutritious snack which is native to Italy.
To remove the bitterness from the dry bean there is a preparation process which requires some patience. To do this, you need to soak the beans for several days. We used to boil the beans, then place them in a sack, secure sack to a tree and place them in the cold creek water for up to two weeks. Not practical when you live in the city! Here is our recipe:
1 package – Dry lupini beans
Salt to taste
Sprinkle of Oregano
Cover the dry beans with water and boil for about 1 to 1.5 hours. Make sure you keep beans covered by adding water as required. Remove the beans and soak them in cold water for up to seven days changing water daily. Taste them and when they are no longer bitter they are ready to eat.
Storage – Cover the lupini beans with cold water in a tupperware dish with lid. Place in fridge and should last about 1 week.
Preparation – In a small bowl add the lupini beans, some sea salt and a sprinkle of oregano. Mangiare! For a different variation try adding a little olive oil.
Penne is a pasta favorite and it looks like a cylinder or small short tubes with diagonally cut ends. Mamma uses a Catelli brand which is made in Italy. A great recipe you might want to try with penne is pasta with stuffed tomatoes….Pasta con i pomodori.
This is another unique Italian pastry and from the region of Italy that Mamma is from it is known as or called Dordelee. It is a ball of pastry with an infusion of Vermouth. You can pop them into your mouth and are a wonderful treat.
4-1/2 – 5 cups of flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3 small eggs
1/3 cup oil (olive oil)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup vermouth
In a large mixing bowl – Mix all dry ingredients, starting with just 4 cups (of the 4 1/2 or 5 cups) flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Save about 1 cup flour to add after all wet ingredients have been included. You will add extra flour only if needed.
Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and mix. Now add your vermouth and mix well. If required, add little bit of flour at a time from the 1 cup of flour you set aside and do this until you reach the desired consistency.
Roll your dough into long, narrow, round strips until they are about 1 inch in diameter. Cut the dough in pieces.
In a deep frying pan add enough oil to cover at least 1/2 of the pastry ball. On medium heat allow oil to get hot and then carefully place the pastry balls into the oil and deep fry.
Do not leave unattended as they will cook quickly. Let cool and finish with a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Antipasto is a Christmas favorite at our home. Crack a jar, get some crackers and scoop away. In Italian, antipasto means before the meal so in essence an appetizer thus the many recipe variations you will find. With all these great ingredients it is like a meal served as an appetizer.
2 lb green pepper
2 (20 oz) bottles ketchup
1 bottle cocktail sauce
1 bottle chili sauce
2 tins pitted sliced black olives
1 jar stuffed olives (green pimento)
1 lb cauliflower
1 jar pimento
2 tins sliced mushrooms
1 tin green beans
1 jar dill pickles
1 to 2 small tins anchovies
3 tins white tuna
1 cup oil
Precook cauliflower for 5 minutes. In a large stock pot (big enough to hold all these ingredients). fry pepper and pimento in oil. Add remaining ingredients into pot. Slice pickles and flake fish when adding. Stir over low heat for 15 minutes. Fill jars. Seal and process for 20 minutes.
Hint: Use small jam jars and give them as a gift with crackers and cheese.