Special Italian Foods Archives -

Rice Balls

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

2 cups (500 ml) rice (riso superfine Arborio)
4 eggs
1/2 cup (125 ml) parmesan cheese
1 tbsp parsley (we like parsley so we add more)
pinch salt to your desired taste
2 each large garlic cloves (use 3 cloves if small)



  1. Using a 4 liter pot, cover rice with water, bring to boil.
  2. Simmer for 20-25 minutes
  3. Cool until cold
  4. Add 4 eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and garlic
  5. Mix well – Mush it or mix all ingredients by hand
  6. Mold the balls into desired shape (helps to coat your hands with oil to avoid sticking)
  7. Fill a deep frying pan with Mazola corn oil…enough to cover at least half of a rice ball…heat oil and carefully place the formed rice balls into the heated oil.
  8. turn quickly, when golden brown place on plate to cool.

This is a great appetizer to bring to a dinner party or finger food for the entire family. They disappear quickly and will soon become a family favourite…. Mangiare!

Eggplant Parmigiana – Zia Maria

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Special Italian Foods

eggplant_parmigianaIf you like eggplant or if you are trying to like it for its nutritional benefits, this recipe for eggplant parmigiana from our Aunt Maria will help get you hooked and make it easy to add this vegetable to your diet.

Warning: This plate is quite rich, cheese, cheese and more cheese…and remember the eggplant is fried so the calorie count might be higher than a chicken salad.


2 medium sized eggplants
3 large eggs
10 slices of mozzarella cheese
4 slices of ham

Spaghetti or tomato sauce
Oil for frying


Preheat oven to 350 deg F. and heat oil in pan for deep frying. Read more…

Zucchini stuffed with Sausage-Zucchina ripiena con salsiccia

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Special Italian Foods

stuffed zucchini boatsThis tasty recipe uses medium sized zucchini’s and is a great way to get your family to eat vegetables. Dad’s garden generates excellent produce and some of his vegetables are a little big for this recipe. If you have ever been in a garden cultivated by an Italian you will know exactly where I am coming from. You want your zucchini to be tender so no bigger than medium sized ones should be used. These are also known as stuffed zucchini boats.


4 medium-size zucchini
8 ounces Italian sausage
1 yellow onion (chopped)
3 tbsp minced parsley
2 tbsp minced basil
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (fine)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg


  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Place in large saucepan covered by boiling water. Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes until zucchini are almost tender. Might help to weigh them down with small plate to ensure they cook evenly. Drain and rinse with cold water. Read more…

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 !!

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.


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


  • 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.

Olives Green

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

vegetable, salad


12 cups of water
1 cup of coarse salt
Large Green Olives purchased by the box (seasonal)


  • Crush firm green olives, removing the pit.
  • Soak crushed olives in water for 4 days, remember to change water every day.
  • Place olives into canning jars.
  • Boil salt and water mixture, pour hot solution into the jars.
  • Seal jars and store.

Preparation: Pour contents of sealed jar into a bowl and soak the olives in fresh water for at least one day (over night is better, squeezing olives occasionally and refreshing the water). Squeeze as much excess water out of olives  as you can and place into serving bowl, let air dry, add fresh garlic, oregano, salt, anise seed and olive oil to taste.

Stir frequently and after they have been dressed allow them to sit for a few hours before serving. If you are a true olive lover this Italian recipe will become a keeper.

Zucchini Cakes

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

Not everyone appreciates Zucchini. If you are looking for a way to get your family to eat more vegetables try the following recipes.


4 cups  (1000 ml)
1 cup (250 ml)
1 tbsp
1 tsp
1/4 cup
1 cup
1 cup
grated zucchini
zucchini flowers
garlic clove
Parmesan cheese
vegetable oil

Great Zucchini Vegetable dish


Add 4 cups of grated zucchini into a large bowl, Mix in 1 cup of picked zucchini flowers, add 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon of parsley, squished or crushed garlic clove, ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, little less than 1 cup of bread flour.

Heat up frying pan with 1 cup of oil in pan and using a serving spoon, flip lots until brown on both sides.

Let cool…mangiare, salute, appetito buono!

Other top rated Zucchini recipes: Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini Stuffed with Sausage (Zucchini Boat)