Appetizers

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Bruschetta

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Bruschetta

Yield: about 30 bruschetta (scale up in direct proportion) 4 cups canned plum tomatoes, drained of liquid 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, washed and dried (use paper toweling) and torn 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper (to taste) 2 large French or Italian baguettes, sliced about 1-inch thick to make 30 piecesMore »

Pizza Beignets (sponsored by Grande Cheese)

Pizza Beignets (sponsored by Grande Cheese)

Yield 20 (1.25-ounce) beignets Ingredients 16 ounces pizza dough ball 6 ounces 50/50 Blend, shredded or diced 6 ounces Aged Provolone, divided into 20 squares 40 slices Pepperoni 1 ounce Parmesan, grated 1 cup pizza sauce, warmed Roll out dough to 1/8″ thick on a lightly floured surface. Rolled-out dough will be approximately 14″ in diameter. CutMore »

Breaded Mozzarella Balls (provided by Grande Cheese)

Breaded Mozzarella Balls (provided by Grande Cheese)

Yield 7 breaded mozzarella balls Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 Tbsp. pepper 3 eggs 3 tablespoons milk 1 cup bread crumbs 7 balls Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, grated Marinara sauce, as needed Instructions Mix together the flour and pepper; set aside in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs andMore »

Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels

Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels

Ingredients 1 14 oz. Pizza dough ball 2½ ounces Pizza sauce, prepared 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped 5 leaves basil, chopped 3 ounces cheddar blend, shredded or diced 1 ounce Parmesan, grated 10 slices pepperoni, julienned Instructions Roll pizza dough into a rectangle shape about 11 x 8. Brush dough with pizza sauce. Top with garlic,More »

Bruschetta with Filet

Ingredients 1 fresh carrot 1/4 pound fresh mushrooms 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small golden onion, chopped 1 pound of crusty Italian bread, sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices 1/4 pound of potatoes 1 celery rib 1/4 cup ripe cherry tomatoes, cubed 1 cup dry white wine 1 pound of filet ofMore »

Fusilli with Chicken and Pesto

Ingredients 1 pound fisilli pasta2 teaspoons olive oil2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped fine2 boneless skinless chicen breasts (about 608 ounces each), grilled or poached, cut into bite-size pieces (or use precooked chicken chunks)1 cup pesto sauce (see recipe below)1/2 cup toasted pine nutsGrated Parmesan Instructions Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente.More »

Pesto Tomatoes with Mozzarella

Ingredients 1 cup prepared pesto (made with basil, pine nuts, cheese, and garlic 4 cups chopped tomatoes 1 cup mozzarella, cut into ½ inch cubes Instructions Combine all of the above in a bowl and let marinate 30-60 minutes before serving.

Caponata Crostini

Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 large yellow onion, diced in 1/2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon hot chili flakes 2 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (to yield 4 cups) 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 cup basic tomato sauce or pia sauce 1/3 cup balsamicMore »

Italian Bruschetta

Ingredients Pizza crust 1/ cup chopped, fresh tomato, squeeze out juice and seeds before chopping 1/2 tsp. garlic 1/2 cup sweet onion Chopped parsley Olive oil Instructions 1. Brush olive oil generously on top of pizza crust. Spread chopped fresh tomato on top, add garlic, chopped sweet onion and a little chopped parsley if desired.More »

Sausage Roll

Ingredients 1 6 or 7 ounce dough ball 1 cup cooked and crumbled sausage meat 1 cup thick cut, grilled or roasted green peppers and onions Instructions 1. Roll the dough ball out into an 8-inch oval2. Lay sausage meat evenly over the oval, followed by the peppers and onions.3. Roll up like a jellyMore »