06/28/11 Hash with Fried Eggs, Sausage, and Arugula

"Chi la sera i pasti li ha fatti, sta agli altri lavare i piatti." (If one cooks the meal then the others wash up.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Hash with Fried Eggs, Sausage, and Arugula
  -Turkey, Mushroom, and Barley Risotto
  -Sauteed Cod with Garlic-Herb Vinaigrette and Portobello Mushrooms

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 Recipe: Hash with Fried Eggs, Sausage, and Arugula

Hash with Fried Eggs, Sausage, and Arugula
Ripieno con Uova Fritte, Salsiccia, e Rucola


1 link spicy Italian sausage (about 4 ounces), casing removed
2 cups stuffing
2 large eggs
1/2 cup arugula leaves


Crumble sausage into medium nonstick skillet; cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 6 minutes.

Pour off fat from skillet.

Add stuffing and cook until well browned, flattening with back of spatula and turning and flipping occasionally, about 12 minutes.

Divide stuffing between 2 plates (do not clean skillet).

Fry eggs over easy in same skillet.

Top stuffing with eggs, then arugula.

Season with salt and pepper; serve. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Turkey, Mushroom, and Barley Risotto

Turkey, Mushroom, and Barley Risotto
Risotto con Tacchino, Funghi, e Orzo


6 cups (or more) chicken broth
1 cup pearl barley
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, broken in half if very large

2 tablespoons butter
1 large (10 to 12-ounce) onion, chopped
1 large Bosc pear, halved, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups diced cooked dark turkey meat

1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


Bring 6 cups broth, barley, and mushrooms to boil in large saucepan.

Cover; cook over medium-low heat until barley is just tender, stirring occasionally and adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls if barley becomes dry, about 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add onion; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. saute until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Add pear and saute until just tender, about 5 minutes.

Add turkey.

Add barley mixture and Marsala to turkey mixture.

Simmer until creamy, adding more broth if dry.

Mix in most of parsley.

Season with pepper.

Mound in bowl.

Sprinkle with remaining parsley. 4 main-course servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sauteed Cod with Garlic-Herb Vinaigrette and Portobello Mushrooms

Sauteed Cod with Garlic-Herb Vinaigrette and Portobello Mushrooms
Merluzzo Saltato con Salsa d'Aglio e Erbe e Funghi Portobello


For the Vinaigrette:
1 whole head of garlic
1 and 1/2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt

For the Mushrooms:
Four 4 to 5-inch diameter Portobello mushrooms, stemmed
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
8 fresh rosemary sprigs
8 fresh thyme sprigs

For the Fish:
Four 7 to 8-ounce skinless cod fillets
Quick-cooking flour
2 tablespoons canola oil


Prepare the Vinaigrette:
Preheat oven to 400F.

Wrap garlic in foil.

Place foil packet directly on oven rack and roast garlic until tender, about 40 minutes.

Cool garlic.

Peel and finely mash enough garlic cloves to measure 1 tablespoon packed.

Place mashed garlic in heavy small saucepan.

Add vinegar, mustard, chives, parsley, shallot, and tarragon.

Gradually whisk in olive oil.

Season vinaigrette to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Prepare the Mushrooms:
Preheat oven to 400F.

Brush mushrooms all over with olive oil.

Place mushrooms, rounded side down, on foil-lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, then chopped garlic.

Arrange 2 rosemary sprigs and 2 thyme sprigs on each.

Roast mushrooms until tender, about 25 minutes.

Prepare the Fish:
Sprinkle fish with sea salt and pepper; dust lightly with flour.

Heat canola oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add fish and saute until brown and just opaque in center, about 5 minutes per side.

Whisk vinaigrette over low heat to warm slightly.

Thinly slice each mushroom on slight diagonal; overlap slices in row on 1 side of each plate.

Spoon vinaigrette onto opposite side of plate; top with fish. 4 servings.

That's it!

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"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Clocks in Sicily Running Too Fast For Comfort

Messina - June 11, 2011 - For over a week digital clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast, local media said.

The mysterious time changes caught the attention of two young locals, who set up a Facebook page calling for those affected to come forward.

One of the young men, Francesco Nicosia, told French online magazine Rue89 "I realized something was wrong when I started getting to work earlier. After some investigation I noticed that I wasn't the only one who was on time, which is quite rare here in Sicily."

Explanations involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions have been put forward. Among the most credible explanations is electrical disturbance caused by underwater cables.

Aliens? "Oh, minchia, where?!"
Poltergeist? "Porca puttana, they're here..."

Believe us, there is nothing more entertaining than watching Sicilians who pace themselves like slugs, get to work 15 minutes early, and think they've entered the Twilight Zone.

"Explanations involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions..." Is it a coincidence these explanations are also used as excuses by Sicilians for taking the day off?

"...clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast." Yes, complications. You can't have Sicilians showing up early at their public state office jobs. What will the citizens think? It's already inspiring enough watching them work...sort of like watching the making of "Fantasia".

Ah, la Sicilia (like other Southern Italian regions), where 3 employees are hired for each public service job. The first guy, Moe, complains all day about how a solar explosion got him out of bed early. Larry's job is to watch Moe do a half-ass job while Curly stands around with that blank look on his face.

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