Fresh Ricotta

fresh ricotta

2 quarts whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or distilled white vinegar) Put the milk and the cream in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Stir gently until the mixture has separated into thick curds. Set a largeMore »

Clam-stuffed Mushroom Caps

Crab Stuffed mushrooms, appetizer

1 pound of chopped clams 1 pound large mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, rinsed 6 cloves of chopped garlic 1 small minced onion 1 stick butter 1 cup of clam juice Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon Old Bay spice or Cajun spice 1 ½ cups Italian breadcrumbs ¼ cup freshly choppedMore »

Franken Sausage

Franken Sausage, Pizza, recipe, pepperoni, bacon

3 cups (or 29 ounces) of fresh ground pork 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon toasted fennel seed 1 cup good natural casing, cupping pepperoni 1 cup bacon crumbles ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Mix the ground pork with allMore »

Chorizo Meatballs

Chorizo Meatball Pizza Photo by Josh Keown

Courtesy of John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza, Athens, Ohio 1 pound ground, fatty pork 1¾ ounces smoked paprika 1/8 ounce garlic powder 1/16 ounce salt ½ ounce chopped roasted garlic 2½ ounces browned pizza cornicione, (pizza crust) chopped in small dice (You can also use a bread.) 1 egg 1 ounce fresh chopped cilantro 1 ounceMore »

Artichoke & Spinach Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip pita chips

Ingredients: 1½ pounds of cream cheese (softened) 15 ounces of artichoke hearts roughly chopped 5 ounces of fresh spinach (sauté with salt) chopped 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese Just blend it all up and place 6 ounces of this creamy concoction in theMore »

Pickled Red Onions

Courtesy of John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza, Athens, Ohio This is a simple and easy accompaniment to top a pizza with and adds a special zing to any meaty or fatty pie. 3 cups rice wine or apple cider vinegar ½ tablespoon, roasted fennel seeds 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon cumin seed ½ teaspoon redMore »

Charred Onion Dip (and/or my Flammkuchen sauce)

Courtesy of John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza, Athens, Ohio This recipe combines the umami deepness of charred onion with cream and a touch of fennel. For the dip, sour cream is used. If you want to make the sauce for pizza, you can use mascarpone cheese. Both rock the house! (Note: the roasted red peppers areMore »

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Ingredients 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Instructions Put the fresh mozzarella in a stainless steel or non-reactive bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Toss gently to combine the flavors. Allow to marinate for up to an hour. Serve at onceMore »

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Ingredients 1 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 medium zucchini (about 1-1/2 pounds), cut into strips about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long 3 large eggs, lightly beaten Finely chopped parsley Instructions In a large plastic bag, combine well the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese,More »

Italian Wings

Italian Wings

Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), melted 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard 1/8 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup bread crumbs ½ cup grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon dried oregano 24 chicken wings, tips cut off, halved at the joint Instructions In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, mustard, and cayenne. In another mixing bowl combine the breadMore »