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Italian Turkey and Zucchini Burgers

Italian Turkey and Zucchini Burgers
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4
Servings
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Italian Turkey and Zucchini Burgers
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4
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4
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  1. Place the sausage meat and the zucchini in a large bowl. Toss lightly. Grate the onion and garlic directly into the bowl. Add the pepper flakes and fennel seeds and mix lightly again.
  2. Add the bread crumbs and cheese, tossing once again. Add the beaten egg and stir one last time until everything is completely incorporated. Cover the mixture and chill in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 hours or as long as overnight.
  3. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and form into 4 large patties. Place each patty on a piece of wax paper, cover and chill for 2 hours. You can also put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the grill to high. Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and allow it to heat up on the grill. Place the burgers on the grill and reduce the heat to medium. Cover and allow to cook for 6 minutes or so.
  5. Turn the burgers. If they stick let them cook another minute or two until they flip easily and are golden brown. Top each burger with two thick slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. Put the lid on the grill and cook for another 6 - 7 minutes.
  6. While the burgers continue to cook, place the tomatoes and onions in a foil pan. Season with some Italian herb blend and a drizzle of olive oil. Place the pan on any vacant space on the grill.
  7. Spray the cut sides of the rolls with cooking spray and add them to the grill the last 3 minutes of cooking. In the meantime, toss the lettuce with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Assemble the sandwiches: Divide the lettuce mixture between the bottoms of the rolls. Top each with half of the tomatoes. Place the burgers on top of the vegetables. Top with the remaining tomatoes. Add the top part of the roll and serve.
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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
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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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Cannellini Burgers

Cannellini Burgers
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Cannellini Burgers
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  1. Put the oats, fennel seed, onion and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add a little more than half of the beans, the parsley, rosemary, and tomatoes and pulse until almost smooth. Add the egg and process until everything is blended.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a bowl. Add the remaining beans and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  4. Form the mixture into four patties. Spray a plate with cooking spray and place the patties on the plate. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Heat a large skillet and add the olive oil. Put the patties into the pan and cook over medium high heat for 4 minutes or so. You want a nice golden brown.
  6. Flip the patties over and continue to cook another 4 minute or so until the second side is equally as golden as the first.
  7. Serve on buns or sandwich thins with the garnishes of your choice.
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Penne with “Sausage” Chicken and Goat Cheese

Penne with "Sausage" Chicken and Goat Cheese
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Chicken marinated in the flavors of Italian Sausage then grilled to give it a smokey depth of flavor. Use your favorite vegetables...you could even grill them. Toss everything with your favorite cut pasta
Servings
3
Servings
3
Penne with "Sausage" Chicken and Goat Cheese
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Chicken marinated in the flavors of Italian Sausage then grilled to give it a smokey depth of flavor. Use your favorite vegetables...you could even grill them. Toss everything with your favorite cut pasta
Servings
3
Servings
3
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  1. For the Chicken: Place the tenders in a quart size zip top bag. Combine the fennel seed, pepper flakes, 2 minced garlic cloves, 3/4 tablespoon olive oil and the Italian seasoning. Pour into bag, seal and massage to distribute the marinade. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  2. To grill the chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade. Thread the tenders on 2 or 3 skewers. Place over medium grill heat and cook, turning occasionally until chicken is cooked through. This takes about 15 minutes. Remove chicken from skewers and use in recipe or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package reducing cooking time by one minute While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce.
  4. Zucchini: Cut in half crosswise. Cut each half lengthwise into 3 slices. Cut each slice into 3 or 4 strips.
  5. Onion and Garlic: Cut onion in half lengthwise. Slice thinly lengthwise. Finely chop the 3 cloves of garlic.
  6. Peppers: Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and cut in half crosswise. Cut in 1/2 wide strips
  7. Heat a large fry pan over medium high heat. Add the remaining olive oil. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the peppers and cook 3 minutes more. Add the garlic and zucchini. and cook 3 -4 minutes.
  8. Cut the chicken tenders into bite size chunks. and add them to the pan. Stir in the chicken broth slowly. You want everything moistened, but nothing swimming. You may not need to use all of the broth.
  9. Simmer for a few minutes. When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and add it to the fry pan. Toss to combine everything and cook another minute.
  10. Crumble the goat cheese on top of the pasta and spoon into bowls. Top with ground pepper to taste.
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Braised Pork Ribs with Rigatoni

DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a hearty and flavorful dish that reminds me of my father’s Sunday Gravy. He often put pork neck bones in his gravy. The flavor they imparted was huge and though an acquired  taste, sucking on the bones is truly wonderful.

I recently made an enormous pot of his gravy filled with homemade meatballs and some good Italian sausage. I packaged the sauce in various containers including several that were just gravy. I thought plain gravy would make a great blank canvas.

I started thinking about pork and how it made gravy taste amazing.  I didn’t have any neck bones, but I did have a good size package of country pork ribs in the freezer. It seemed like a  workable swap . After browning the ribs, I opted to braise them in the sauce. I added some extra onions and garlic along with some fennel seed and red pepper flakes.

In less than 2 hours I had tender falling off the bone pork and a sauce that had incredible depth of flavor. Served with rigatoni lightly coated with some of the sauce and a generous grating of Parmesan, it was heaven.

No Sunday gravy on hand? I won’t think any less of you if you opt for your own Marinara or even sauce from a jar. Bone in ribs give the most flavor, but boneless will work in a pinch.You could also add extra veggies to the sauce. Fennel bulb, Peppers, Zucchini, or Eggplant would fit right in.

 

Braised Pork Ribs with Rigatoni
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Braised Pork Ribs with Rigatoni
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4
Servings
4
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  1. Season pork ribs on all sides with the Italian Herb Blend. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven, Add the pork and brown on all sides. This should take 10 minutes or so. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, pepper flakes and fennel seed. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions begin to soften and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the vermouth and cook and stir over medium high heat, scraping up any browned bits. Add the tomato gravy and stir to combine. Bring the sauce to boil. Lay the pork ribs on top of the sauce, cover and put in a 325 degree oven.
  4. Braise for about one hour. Check the ribs for tenderness. You will probably need to continue the braising for another 30 -60 minutes. (this depends on density of the ribs).
  5. As the ribs finish cooking, boil the pasta. Drain and return to the pan. Once the ribs are done, toss the pasta with some of the sauce. Serve the pasta topped with a good amount of grated Parmesan and serve the ribs alond side.
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