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Mama D’s Cali-Itali Stuffing

Mama D's Cali-Itali Stuffing
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Use this for your holiday dinner. Make it your own by adjusting the flavors to your family's taste.
Servings
12
Servings
12
Mama D's Cali-Itali Stuffing
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Use this for your holiday dinner. Make it your own by adjusting the flavors to your family's taste.
Servings
12
Servings
12
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook until it is well browned. Turn and break apart as needed.
  2. Remove the sausage from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Pour off most of the drippings. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the onions and garlic. Saute stirring frequently until the onion is golden and the garlic is fragrant, 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the artichokes and spinach to the pan and continue to cook for another 3 - 5 minutes. The artichokes should have a little color and the spinach should be wilted.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the toasted bread cubes, sausage, and the vegetables from the pan (include all the drippings, too). Toss to combine.
  5. Add the seasonings that you are using along with the cheese and toss again to combine.
  6. Pour in the eggs and blend well. Add the chicken stock. Use enough so that the stuffing is very moist, but not mushy. Taste and make any necessary adjustments to the seasonings. Add a little salt if you think it needs it.
  7. Grease a large rectangular baking dish. Add the stuffing and smooth out evenly. Do not pack it down. Cover with foil and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 35 - 40 minutes.
  8. Combine the remaining olive oil and the melted butter. Remove the stuffing from the oven. Take off the foil and drizzle the butter/olive oil mixture over the top. Return to the oven for another 15 - 20 minutes until the top of the stuffing is golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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Calzone (a.k.a. Easter Pie)

Easter is a time for re-birth and new beginnings. Spring is here for the most part and life begins to move outdoors…finally. When I was growing up, Easter was a special time. that was steeped in religious as well as food traditions. Lent ended and with it all the fasting, abstaining and giving things up. To say there was a food frenzy may be a bit of an overstatement, but it was definitely a time for enjoying eating.DIGITAL CAMERA

I loved the Calzone.  We sometimes called it Easter Pie and it was baked on Holy Saturday, not be eaten until after Easter Sunday mass. It was filled with ricotta and sausage, with egg in every part of it. My mother and my aunt both made it and I couldn’t wait for Easter morning to have it. If I timed it right, I could have my mom’s and then go upstairs and have my aunt’s, too. They each had their own version, my aunt’s often having ham and hard-boiled eggs in it.

This is my mother’s recipe.  She would make it every Easter. If I was lucky, I’d have it again at Christmas when her side of the family served it as Egg Pie. Whenever it was made, it was one of the most satisfying dishes I’ve ever had.

Calzone (a.k.a. Easter Pie)
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8
Servings
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Calzone (a.k.a. Easter Pie)
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Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
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Instructions
  1. To make the Crust: Sift the dry ingredients together cut in shortening or butter, blending well.
  2. Beat the egg and 2 tablespoons of milk together and add to the dough mixture. Blend well. turn onto a floured surface and knead for one minute. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes or so.
  3. To make the filling: Cook the sausage and drain on paper towel. Allow to cool. Place the ricotta in a large bowl. Add the beaten eggs, cheese, parsley, and cooled sausage. Stir to gently blend.
  4. Divide dough in half. Roll one half out on floured surface. roll to an even thickness that will fit in a 9 inch pie pan with some overlap. Place in glass pie pan that has been lightly greased.
  5. Spoon the filling into the crust. Roll out the second half of the crust and fit it over the top. Crimp edges to seal well. cut several slashes in the crust.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes. Brush top with beaten egg yolk about 15 minutes before pie is done. crust should be golden brown. remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Serve for Easter breakfast or any time you'd like.
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Italian Meat Loaf

DIGITAL CAMERAMeat loaf is so versatile that it lends itself to an almost limitless number of variations. Any meat, poultry or combination there of can go into it . There are even meatless meat loaves. Seasoning possibilities are virtually endless, too. From simple onions and ketchup to exotic spice blends and intriguing vegetables, the flavor profile is literally all over the (world) map.

I’ve made many different meat loaves, but this seems to be everyone’s favorite. It combines Italian sausage and ground turkey with an Italian flavored cast of characters. It makes 2 generous loaves. One for dinner and one to freeze (each loaf will make four servings).DIGITAL CAMERA You could also use the extra loaf for some awesome meatloaf sandwiches. I’ve even made eight mini meat loavesDIGITAL CAMERA

So from meat base to seasoning to cooking vessel, meat loaf is the king of variety. As with all of my recipes, this is just a suggestion based on what i like. Your  meatloaf will be fabulous and I’d love to hear about it.

Italian Meat Loaf
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Sausage and ground turkey combine with Italian bread crumbs, garlic, onion and Italian seasonings to make a spicy meatloaf that is great served with pasta or polenta and also makes a great sandwich.
Servings
8
Servings
8
Italian Meat Loaf
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Sausage and ground turkey combine with Italian bread crumbs, garlic, onion and Italian seasonings to make a spicy meatloaf that is great served with pasta or polenta and also makes a great sandwich.
Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Lightly combine the sausage and ground turkey in a large bowl. Your hands are the perfect tool for this. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium fry pan and add the onion, garlic, parsley, and pepper flakes if you are using them. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes. The onion should soften and the garlic should be fragrant but nothing should be brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add the bread crumbs, cheese, Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, cooled onion and garlic mixture, and the beaten eggs. Mix with your hands until well combined.
  4. Line two 8 X 4 inch loaf pans with plastic wrap. Use a large enough piece to overlap over the top of the loaf. Evenly divide the meat mixture between the two pans. Pack the meat in firmly so that the loaf will be a uniform thickness and hold together as it bakes. Refrigerate for an hour or so to firm things up a bit. You can also make mini loaves if thta's tickles your fancy.
  5. Remove loaves from refrigerator. Carefully remove the meat from the pans using the plastic wrap. Invert into a shallow baking pan that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for one hour or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. remove from the oven.Let rest in the pan for ten minutes. Cover lightly with foil while they rest.
  7. Cut into thick slices. Serve naked or top with sauteed peppers or chunky tomato sauce.
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