33 Authentic Italian Recipes- Never Seen Before; by Paula Cormican
Swiss chard and Bean Soup
Italian Hunter Style Chicken
Mushroom Parmigiana in Phyllo
8 hour Sunday Italian Tomato Sauce
The Best Ever Italian Meatballs
Italian Style Caesar Salad (no anchovies)
Anise and Walnut Biscotti
Italian Roasted Cauiliflower
Italian Confetti Cookies
White Zinfandel Sangria
Italian Iced Coffee
Deep Fried Anise Cauiliflower
Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie
Italian Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Chicken and Mushroom Bowties
Oven Fried Parmesan Zucchini Fries
White Bean Crostini with Rosemary
Chicken and Mushsroom Spaghetti
Fried Tortellini with Marinara Sauce or Cajun Aolli
Cajun Aioli Sauce for Fried Tortellini
Beef Braciole (Stuffed Beef Rolls)
Parmesan Pine Nut Muffins
Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas or Chicken
Very Easy Caesar Grilled Chicken
Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes
Pasta e Fagoli
Quick and Delicous Pasta Fagoli
Baked Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin
Italian Christmas Cake
Swiss chard and Bean SoupThe Italian Cuisine section will have recipes handed down from my Italian grandmother,Madelaine. These are all healthy and economical. She cooked for 10 people and my mother and I cooked for a family of 6. We were on a very tight budget. These recipes are heart healthy. We now know scientifically the Mediteranian Diet is the best in the world. Use the best quality ingredients you can afford.
Italian Hunter Style ChickenThis is a classic favorite of the family. Absolutely delicious served with fresh mashed potatoes, green peas and the sauce. It will leave you wanting for more and will want to make weekly as it is quick and easy. Even better left over ,so make plenty.
Fish ChowderThis is my mother,s recipe for an excellent fish chowder. We grew up in New England which is the land of the chowders.
Mushroom Parmigiana in PhylloYou can make ahead and freeze these scrumptious appetizers,then bake off in oven before serving. These are a wow and worth the effort. Using a food processor will shorten the prep time.
8 hour Sunday Italian Tomato SauceWow! I make a big batch and freeze. I use a crockpot or very large LE CRUESET pot. I freeze in 1 quart containers. When I defrost and cook in microwave, I add another can of Red Pack tomato puree. I add 1 tsp. of sugar,oregano and basil and cook in microwave on 70 % for 20-30 minutes in a larger container. This only gets better with freezing and can make for a quick meal during the week. When I cook a bone- in pork roast, I freeze leftovers to make the base of the sauce which is sweet and delectable.
The Best Ever Italian MeatballsThis recipe has been adapted over the years by my mother and myself. These freeze well and can be kept plain to make and Italian sandwich with provolone or American cheese. I use Cooper cheese which is a blend of American and cheddar cheese. Very delicious and you can add sauce and jarred red roasted sweet peppers to make an out of sight sub.
Italian Style Caesar Salad (no anchovies)Make a huge batch. At family gatherings people can't get enough. So simple , yet extremely easy and delicious. You can add cooked meat or fish to make a complete meal. The very easy grilled Caesar recipe goes perfectly with this.
PizzelleThese are very special cookies. My grandfather worked at a steel mill and made two pizzelle irons, complete with a 2 sided design and a long forged handle to make one at a time over a gas flame. We usually made them for Easter and Christmas. My 3 sisters and myself would take turns, as this was a very tedious task. Today, I have a 4 cookie electric, Teflon pizzelle/waffle(order on-line) that makes things quicker. You can adapt this recipe(see cookbook) and use the baker to make ice cream sandwich cookies. The possibilities are endess. You can also make shells for cannoli and waffle cones. This is a big time commitment recipe, but the results are well worth it. You will get rave reviews.You can make this recipes a day ahead, take out to room temperature & make in batches.
Anise and Walnut BiscottiThese rival the best bakeries in the North End of Boston. At Christmastime, our family of 6 went to visit a bakery a friend of my mother's owned in the North End of Boston. We went ice skating for free and saw the reindeer at the Boston Common. It was always a special time of year for us, as money was scarce and toys were in short supply for a family of 4 girls. My Nana Stewart would take us to see the windows of Jordan Marsh Department Store in Boston, along with the Enchanted Santa's Village. We were treated to either the Famous Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins(see Volume II-Family for recipe) or next door to a chicken pot pie at Filene's Department Store. A quick mass at Saint Anthony's mass completed a very cherished time of year.
Italian Roasted CauiliflowerI have recently discovered the wonderful world of roasted vegetables. I began to experiment with different vegetables, beginning with one of my favorites cauiiflower. I have a decadent fried version in this cookbook. This is much healthier, but still delicious.
Italian Confetti CookiesIt took over 20 years to find this authentic Italian cookie recipe. My sister, Caren, obtained it through a friend. I cherish these cookies as they rival the best bakeries in the North End of Boston . These are very special and bring back good childhood memories. This are low cost, delicious and would make a wow addition to a bake sale or as a hostess gift!
White Zinfandel SangriaSo delicious, beautiful, and easy to make. Make plenty and make ahead. Great for picnics, luncheon , or special occasions. Pretty in a large glass pitcher as you can add whatever favorite fruits you like.
Italian Iced CoffeeSo delicious. You can add a 1/2 oz. of your favorite liqueur such as Kahlua,annisette, or peppermint schnapps.The list is endless as the variety of delicious flavors are available.
Deep Fried Anise CauiliflowerHighly addictive! Guests go nuts for this and fight for every piece. You can't ever make enough. I serve it with a large bowl of Ranch dressing,but also works with blue cheese. People still talk about this years later.
Italian Zucchini Crescent PieThis is absolutely delicious. Great for an appetizer,brunch or for a meal. You will get rave reviews at a pot luck or any gathering.
Italian Stuffed Mushroom CapsExtremely delicious and easy to make. You may want to double if you have guests.
Chicken and Mushroom BowtiesThis is a simple and delicious dish to make on a weekday night, Feel free to leave out the mushrooms and add your famiiy's favorite vegetables.
Oven Fried Parmesan Zucchini FriesHealthy and Delicious. Make plenty. Serve with ranch dip. Great for family or company!
Cappucino SundaesEasy to put together. Make a yummy and spectacular ending to any meal. Keep any leftover coffee on hand to make. Can make sauce 1 day ahead.
White Bean Crostini with RosemaryEasy to make, healthy and delicious, Using canned beans makes these fast.
Chicken and Mushsroom SpaghettiThis is a delicious and easy to make one dish recipe. Substitute your favorite mushrooms and pasta. Easy to make for a week night or for company. Serve with green beans, asparagus or peas.
Fried Tortellini with Marinara Sauce or Cajun AolliThese make a great appetizer serve with a marinara sauce, or the Cajun Aoili which is out of sight. People will remember these for a long time.
Cajun Aioli Sauce for Fried TortelliniThis dipping sauce can be used for any fried vegetable. So very scrumptious- the vegetables are limitless.
Beef Braciole (Stuffed Beef Rolls)My grandmother made these delicious beef rolls and put them in her tomato sauce to simmer with the other meats. Depending on the part of Italy, some put in white raisins, which are optional. Make a lot, people usually want more.
Parmesan Pine Nut MuffinsThese savory muffins can be an appetizer or served along with any Italian meal. They are delicious and very unusual.
Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas or ChickenYou can use as many of your favorite vegetables to add a punch to this hearty meal. Easy to make and to do on a weekday night. The variations are limitless. You could also add cooked chicken from a store bought chicken to use instead of chickpeas. You can make this vegetarian by omitting the pancetta and using olive oil and chickpeas only.
Very Easy Caesar Grilled ChickenOur family eats piles of this all year round. Leftovers make great chicken salad or serve with the Caesar Salad Recipe and Italian bread for a great meal.
Rosemary Chicken and PotatoesThis is probably one of the easiest dishes I make weekly. It is a one pan meal. The chicken is extremely moist. The leftovers taste even better. The extra chicken makes excellent chicken salad meat. Serve with carrots, green beans or peas. Excellent for company. You can relax while it is cooking and it can stay warm for a long time. The leftover chicken lasts 3 days.
Pasta e FagoliWe were very poor growing up. Soups, like the Swiss Chard and Beans(in book) and Pasta Fagoli were weekly staples. Who knew we were eating the most healthy scientifically proven Mediterranean Diet? We also ate Scrambled eggs with green or red peppers and tomato and eggs every Friday night because we were Catholic. Again, eggs are now proven to be part of a heart healthy diet. Being on a budget can be a healthy advantage This is a fabulous version and worth the effort. I have included a very quick and easy version in the book when time is short.
Quick and Delicous Pasta FagoliWhen you do not have the time to make the other recipe, this is a good substitute, especially on a week night. It makes a lot and is great left over.
Baked Stuffed Red Bell PeppersThese go well with any pork roast. I use the leftovers in sauted onions, zucchini and yellow squash. I freeze any extras, so make some. Add extra flavor to a usually bland sauté of vegetables.
Rosemary Apricot Pork TenderloinThis is an easy an elegant dish. The stuffed red bell peppers would go perfectly, along with some polenta. A great company meal to impress.
Italian Christmas CakeThis is a very special cake that requires a lot of special ingredients in small quantities.. It is the best version of a fruit cake , so you might as well make a few for gifts and your friends won't try to get rid of it because it is so different and delicious.
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I began cooking for my family at 12 years old. My mother,Eleanor Stewart, learned from her immigrant Italian mother-in-law, Madelaine. My mother was an avid home cook,recipe and cookbook collector. Not a phone call nor visit was complete unless we discussed the finest ingredients, a change in an existing recipe, or an excellent new dish to try. I continued in the tradition of my grandmother and mother. Recipes continued to come in from my 3 sisters, Caren, Robyn,and Lauren. My friends and my best friend,Joy,also a great cook, added to my vast collection. We were on a very tight budget growing up and many of the recipes are economical. Little did we know that the Mediterranean Diet would be scientifically proven to be the most healthiest diet in the world.