Category: Appetizers


Fried Green Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

3 green tomatoes (sliced)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 cup grated cheese

3 egg whites (beaten)

olive oil

sea salt

Directions:

1. Mix bread crumbs and grated cheese in a bowl. Put egg whites in a bowl.

2. Dip tomatoes in egg whites. Next, dip in bread crumbs mixture.

3. In a large skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. Cook tomatoes on both sides until tender and crisp. Add more olive oil if needed while cooking.  Dry on paper towels.

4. Sprinkle with a little sea salt.

*You can serve with a little marinara sauce if you like.

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Pizza Rustica

*This Pizza Rustica Is Traditionally Eaten The Night Before Easter Sunday.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped
1/3 lb. ham (chopped)
4 large egg yolks (beaten)
1 large egg (beaten)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Pastry Dough Recipe:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
1/4 cup cold solid vegetable shortening (cut into pieces)
1 tsp. sea salt
3 large eggs (beaten)
2 to 4 tbsp. ice water
Blend the flour, the butter, the shortening and salt in a food processor until the mixture is coarse. Blend in the eggs. With the machine running, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms. Roll the dough into a ball. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, with 1 piece twice as large as the second piece. Flatten the dough pieces into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and saute until golden brown, breaking the sausage into pieces, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
3. In large bowl, add egg yolks and beat lightly. Stir in the ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Add the sausage, fresh parsley, ham and prosciutto to the mixture and stir well.
4. Roll out larger piece of dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 18-inch round. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch springform pan. Trim the dough overhang to 1 inch.
5. Add the ricotta mixture into the dough-lined pan.
6. Roll out the remaining piece of dough into a 12-inch round.
7. Place the dough over the filling. Pinch the edges of the doughs together to seal, then crimp the dough edges.
8. You can cut the extra overhanging dough into strips and put on top of pie. (see photo)
9. Brush the beaten 1 large egg over the entire pastry top. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven until the crust is golden brown. (about 1 hour)
Let cool for about 15-20 minutes before cutting.

 

 

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Ingredients:
16 stuffing mushrooms
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 pieces of cooked crispy bacon (chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
white wine ( I use a sweet Moscato wine.)
Directions:
1. Remove stems from mushrooms Rinse and dry mushrooms well.
2. In a large bowl, put bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon and olive oil. Mix well.
3. Stuff mushrooms.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Put mushrooms in a deep pan. Pour enough wine in pan that it covers mushrooms half way up.
5. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Mushrooms should be tender.

Fried String Beans

Ingredients:
2 lbs. fresh string beans (ends trimmed)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 eggs (beaten)
vegetable oil
Directions:
1. Boil string beans for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain well. Let cool.
2. Dip string beans in egg and then in bread crumbs and grated cheese. Cover completely.
3. In a deep frying pan put vegetable oil. Fill up pan half way.
4. Heat oil. When it starts to bubble on the sides, add string beans. You can fry them in batches. (Probably 4 batches.)
5. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove with a strainer and drain on paper towels.
Serve warm
Dipping Sauce Recommendation:
1 cup of Ranch dressing
1 tsp. fresh wasabi (2 tsp. if you like it more spicy)
Mix together in a bowl. Keep cold until serving. (You can use any favorite dipping sauce.)

Friday Night Shrimp and Scallop Pizza

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Ingredients:
Focaccia or Pizza Bread
1/2 lb. shrimp (uncooked)
1/2 lb. bay scallops (uncooked)
3 large red onions (sliced)
1 large vidalia onion (sliced)
2 cups fresh arugula
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. balsamic oil
2 tsp. white sugar
olive oil
Directions:
1. In a skillet, put 1 tbsp. olive oil. Cook shrimp and scallops. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Turn shrimp and scallops while cooking. Should take no more than 5 minutes to cook. Set to the side.
2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook sliced onions. Stir frequently. When they are tender, add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir together. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Set onions to the side. (If it’s to oily, drain some of the excess.)
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a little olive oil of focaccia/pizza bread. Place on a baking sheet and place in oven, just for about 5 minutes. You want the bread to begin to get crisp.
4. Remove bread from oven. Spread cooked onions evenly on top Scatter fresh arugula on top. Place cooked shrimp and scallops evenly on top. (If the scallops are large, you can cut them into pieces.)
5.Return to the oven for about 6-8 minutes.
*Serve hot and crispy.

New Year’s Cheddar Beer Dip

Happy New Year “2018”

Ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) bars of cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. (1 oz.) ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 cup beer
Directions:
1. Put all ingredients in one bowl and mix well using a mixer.
2. Once creamy, refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.
*Serve with pretzels.

Grilled Shrimp Hors d’oeuvres

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. thawed uncooked medium shrimp (cleaned and dried of excess water)
2 cups favorite Italian dressing
Directions:
1. Put shrimp and Italian dressing in a large Ziploc bag.
2. Let marinate for at least 4 hours. (overnight is best)
3. Heat a large skillet.
4. Pour shrimp into the heated pan. Use only half of the liquid.
5. Cook about 3 minutes on each side.
Serve hot !

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Ingredients:
2 or 3 cans of whole artichoke hearts (drained) (usually about 8 hearts in a can)
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pignoli nuts
6 slices of prosciutto (chopped)
1 tbs. fresh parsley (chopped)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, mixed bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, pignoli nuts, prosciutto, black pepper, parsley and 3 tbs. of olive oil. Mix well. If crumbs are still a little dry, add another tsp. of olive oil. Mix well.
2. Stuff each artichoke heart. (see photo)
3. In deep baking dish, coat the bottom with a tbs. of olive oil. You can lightly brush the artichoke hearts with a little olive oil. Stand up all artichoke hearts and bake in oven for 12 minutes or until bread crumbs are slightly browned.
Serve hot.

Italian Baked Clams

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ngredients:
3 (6 oz.) cans of minced clams in juice
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
2 tsp. oregano (fresh preferred)
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tbs. parmesan cheese
2 tbs. of olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients.
2. Using premade (aluminum) clam shells, stuff each one. Depending on how much you stuff each one, you will need about 12 clam shells.
3. On a baking tray, put stuffed clam shells.
4. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes or until tops of clams are slightly crispy.
Serve with lemon.