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Boconotti – Jam filled Italian cookie

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Dessert Recipes, Italian Baking

bocanotta or cookie molds for jam filled cookieIngredients:

5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 package Bertolini Lievito Vaniglinato (16 g)
4 cups flour
jam of choice

Directions:

  • Beat eggs, add sugar and vegetable oil and mix until sugar is dissolved
  • add 1 package of Bertolini lievito vaniglinato
  • add flour little at a time until it is a consistency of cookie dough
  • spray cookie molds with non stick spray like Pam
  • stretch dough with fingers into mold
  • add 1/2 tsp of thick jam per mold
  • cover jam with dough and pinch edges
  • brush with eggs
  • place filled molds onto cookie sheet
  • jamfilledcookieCook at 500 deg F for 4-5 minutes. Keep close watch and remove when they are golden brown. These are Italian cookies Mamma style, Mangiare.

    These Italian cookies are typically made at Christmas time and are filled with your favorite jams.

    Rosetta’s Pickled Zucchini

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Easy Recipes, Special Italian Foods

    This is a specialty recipe from our Aunt Rosetta

    1. Cut Zucchini into small pieces. Mix with pickling salt in large bowl. Place a weight on top and let sit for one day or more.
    2. Bring 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar to boil in large pot. Place zucchini in and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain well and turn onto a cloth to cool.
    3. Steam cauliflower and beans for 4-5 minutes in water. Transfer to vinegar / water for 1-2 minutes. Cool and mix with zucchini.
    4. Allow to cool. Mix with olive oil, garlic and oregano. Press contents into jars. Pour any remaining juice on top. Top with oil.
    5. Place seals in boiling water to heat. Close jars and boil for 5 minutes. Store.

    Enjoy and Mangia !!

    Ultimate Vegetable Salad – insalata di verdura

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Salad Recipes

    This is a seriously scrumptious salad … insalata di verdura. Without a doubt a real Italian classic.

    Ultimate Salad

    Ingredients

    Broccoli
    Cauliflower
    Black Olives, pitted (use a quality brand)
    Tomatoes
    Mushrooms, Porcini
    Celery

    Olive Oil – Extra Virgin
    Garlic
    Salt to taste

    After cutting up vegetables into your serving bowl, add pitted olives and crushed garlic cloves. Apply olive oil liberally and salt to taste. Stir frequently and what is great about this salad is you can make it few hours ahead of serving as you will want the olive oil to soak into the vegetables to help accentuate the taste … Mangia

    Fried Italian Bread aka Croustoweele, Pane Frita, Fritto

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Baking, Italian Bread Recipes

    There are many types of Italian breads, Ciabatta, Pane carasau, Pane casareccio, Panino, Focaccia, Pane toscano (without salt), Michetta, Rosetta, Ciriola, Pane pugliese, Pane di Altamura, Pane Fritto,  Grissini torinesi, Tigella, Crescentina, Piadina, Pita to name a few. The following is an authentic age old Italian recipe for fried bread Mamma style.

    Ingredients:
    2 cups of warm water
    2 tbsp active dry yeast
    1/4 tsp sugar to help yeast rise

    1 tbsp salt
    4 cups of flour

    Vegetable oil (for frying pan)

    making the dough

    cooking the dough

    Directions:

    • Wait for yeast to float on top of the water then add flour and salt
    • Mix till no lumps (not like pancake dough)
    • The dough should stick to your hands and fingers for the consistency to be correct
    • Leave until ready to fry do not handle!
    • If the house is hot/warm the dough will rise faster
    • Fill the frying pan ¾ full with vegetable oil and set burner or stove up as high as 8.
    • On the side fill a little bowl with some oil to dip your fingers in so the dough does not stick too badly to your fingers. Remember to frequently oil your fingers and hands to prevent dough from sticking.
    • Pinch a bit of dough, quickly spread it or stretch it then carefully place it into the oil in the pan (see photo).
    • Can cook quickly so do not leave unattended.
    • Flip when underside is golden brown.

    Let cool and enjoy! Mangia!

    Giant Stuffed Pasta Shells

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Pasta Recipes

    This pasta recipe takes a bit of work but if you are having a dinner party and you are wanting to WOW the crowd this Italian recipe will do just that.

    Ingredients:

    Giant Stuffed Pasta Shells1 1/2 lbs Fresh Spinach or 2 (10 oz) packages frozen chopped spinach
    2 green onions finely chopped
    1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 cup ricotta cheese
    1 egg
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    36 each Jumbo shells
    3 cups Marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce
    8 ounces sweet Italian sausage (this item can be left out if wish to have without meat)

    Directions:

    • Place fresh spinach in large saucepan, cover and cook over moderate heat until wilted. About 4-5 minutes. Drain and cool. When cool squeeze dry and chop fine.
    • With a large skillet on moderate heat cook the 8 ounces of Italian sausage (remove casings first), until brown or about 5 minutes. To reduce grease use a slotted spoon to place the meat onto a plate with paper towel. Cool and chop fine.
    • Using same skillet saute 1 small finely chopped onion, 1 clove garlic (minced). Stir frequently for about 5 minutes.
    • Using a large bowl combine onion mixture, sausage, spinach, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1 egg, 1 tbsp minced parsley, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp black pepper.
    • Cook pasta as per package instructions…do not overcook. Drain off about half of the water and refill the pot with cold water. Remove shells and place on kitchen towel.
    • Preheat oven 375 deg F.
    • Spread tomato sauce over bottom of shallow 2 quart casserole dish. Stuff pasta shells with sausage and spinach mixture and place them on the sauce. Spoon remaining (2 cups) of sauce overall and sprinkle with rest of parmesan cheese (1/2 cup).
    • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until heated and bubbling

    Serves 4

    Let Mamma Feed you … Mangia

    Minestrone Soup

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Italian Soup Recipes

    4 tomatoes
    1/4 cup olive oilMinestrone soup Mamma Style
    1 clove garlic
    3 cups green beans (fresh and washed)
    1/2 cup potatoes
    1/2 cup kidney beans (if using fresh beans soak them overnight first)
    1 tbsp basil
    salt
    pepper
    celery leaves only
    zucchini flower tops

    Directions:

    • Add 1/4 cup olive oil and garlic to cooking pot.
    • remove tomato core and blend in mixer, add blended tomatoes to cooking pot and Saute.
    • add vegetables (beans, celery leaves, zucchini flower tops, potatoes) to pot and mix.
    • Add 1 tbsp basil. Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Cover with lid and simmer. Do not touch for about 20 minutes.

    Serves 6

    Optional: add 1/2 cup spaghetti noodles (Mamma breaks them in half). 3 cups chicken broth.

    Mangia … enjoy.

    Green Beans

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Cooking, Italian Recipes, Salad Recipes

    Vegetables

    Makes 5 jars

    Ingredients:

    20 pounds of green beans
    3 cups of water
    1 cup of white vinegar
    5 tbsp table salt

    Olive oil, oregano, garlic

    Directions:

    • Boil beans until semi soft, drain water and let sit until they are cool to the touch.
    • Pack cooked beans into jars.
    • Add 1 Tbsp. of table salt into each jar.
    • Pour boiling water and vinegar solution into jars.
    • Seal jars and steam for 4 minutes.

    When ready to serve:

    Remove green beans from jar, rinse with cold water and place into serving dish. Add 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 clove grated garlic and drizzle with oil. Mangiare!

    Meatballs – Authentic Italian

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Cooking, Italian Recipes, Pasta Recipes

    Meatballs and PastaIngredients

    1 lb lean ground beef
    1 lb ground pork
    2 cups (500 ml) bread crumbs (soak in water for few minutes)
    2 cloves garlic (crushed or grated)
    1/4 cup parsley
    3 eggs
    3/4 cup romano or parmesan cheese
    1 tbsp (15 ml) salt

    Directions:

    • In large mixing bowl add the meat, bread crumbs (after squeezing out the excess water) add eggs. Mix
    • Add grated or pressed garlic, parsley, cheese, salt
    • Mix well and shape into meatballs.

    Preheat oven to 350 deg F and cook meatballs for 15-20 minutes or until brown… Mangiare and Let Mamma Feed You!

    Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Pasta Recipes

    Looking for a classic Italian recipe for homemade pasta sauce or tomato sauce from scratch?

    Ingredients:

    home made tomato sauce from scratch10 lbs tomatoes
    1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
    1 clove garlic
    1 tbsp basil
    1 tbsp oregano
    Salt to taste

    Directions:

    Add 1/2 cup of olive oil and clove of garlic to cooking pot. Start simmer on low temperature. Add tomatoes.

    To prepare tomatoes we will give you two options:

    Option 1 – Drop tomatoes into boiling water for 1/2 minute or 30 seconds. Remove and peel skin. Place the peeled tomatoes into your cooking pot and crush.

    Option 2 – If you have a blender or bullet mixer you do not need to peel or boil the tomatoes. Remove core, cut the tomatoes in half and blend. Add the mixture to your cooking pot.

    Add basil, oregano and salt. Simmer for 3-4 hours. Mangia!!

    For meat sauce add cooked lean ground beef.

    Roasted Peppers

    Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Special Italian Foods

    roasted peppers Another specialty which is easy to make and worth the effort is roasted peppers Mamma style.

    Ingredients:

    3 peppers (1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow or whatever you have)
    4-5 cloves Garlic
    1 tbsp oregano
    2 tbsp salt
    olive oil

    Directions:

    • roast peppers on baking sheet in oven at 350 deg F for approximately 25 minutes
    • after they have cooled peel and slice peppers and place in bowl
    • add garlic
    • add oregano, salt
    • add olive oil prior to serving

    Stir and they are ready to eat or freeze.