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Wednesday, October 01 2008

This is one of a collection of recipes I have. Many came from my mother or other relatives and friends. They are real Italian recipes mostly from east coast US first and second generation American-Italians. I have put them together for a complete meal from the appetizer to the dessert. This one has a great Sicilian steak and Roman soup. Enjoy!

The Appetizer:

PICKLED EGGPLANT

1 large eggplant, 2/3 cup of vinegar, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 hot green peppers, olive oil.

Peel and cut garlic. Slice eggplant very thin. Place eggplant in a 1 quart, screw top glass jar. Add garlic, peppers, and vinegar. Fill jar with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 1 day. Serve Cold.

The Soup:

ROMAN MINESTRA

1 lb. of pork or ham, 1 lb. of escarole, 1 can of red kidney beans, 2 rolls, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tsp. of parsley, 1 tsp. of basil, ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, 2 chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper.

Cut meat into bite size pieces. Brown meat with garlic. Add tomatoes. Boil escarole until tender. Add escarole to meat along with kidney beans, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl cut up rolls to bite size. Add mixture with Parmesan cheese and blend well. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

The Main Dish:

SICILIAN STEAK

4 choice steaks, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, ½ cup of olive oil, 3 tsp. of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

Marinate steaks in garlic and oil mixture, for about 1 hour, flipping the steaks. Combine bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper and coat the steaks with it. Cook in broiler or foil cook on grill, turning once until steaks are ready.

The Bread, Roll, or Pastry:

ENGLISH MUFFIN PIZZA

16 oz. tomato sauce, 1 tbsp. oil, 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning, ½ tsp. of salt, ¼ tsp. of garlic powder, 6 English muffins cut in half, 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese, 1 cup of shredded Romano cheese.

Toppings: all optional - create your own. Suggested: Strips of green peppers, sliced black olives, sliced pepperoni, sausage pieces.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder. Spread 2 ½ tablespoons of sauce onto each muffin half. Sprinkle with cheeses and add toppings. Bake in pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned and cheese is melted. Have a jolly good time fellow.

The Cake, Cookie, or Dessert:

FRENCH COFFEE CAKE
1 cup of sour cream, 1 tsp. of baking powder, 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tsp. of vanilla, ¼ tsp. of salt, ¼ cup of butter, 1 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, 2 eggs, 2 cups of flour.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Then add dry ingredients and sour cream. Then add vanilla. Pour into tube pan. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of cinnamon and 1 tbsp. of sugar on half of batter, then pour remaining batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. OOO La La!

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