07/16/13 Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion
  -Chicken Marsala
  -Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce

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 Recipe: Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion

Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion
Salsa di Pomodoro con Burro e Cipolla


One (28-oz) can whole, peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed by hand
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered lengthwise
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 tsp sugar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Bring butter, sugar, tomatoes, and onion, to a boil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors combine and sauce is slightly reduced, about 40-45 minutes.

Discard onion, and season sauce with salt and pepper before serving. Makes 3 cups.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala
Pollo alla Marsala


1 and 1/4 lbs chicken cutlets, pounded until 1/4-inch thick
1/3 cup flour
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 tbsp unsalted butter
8 oz white button mushrooms
2 tbsp minced shallots
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
1/3 cup chicken stock
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in 1/3 cup flour.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Working in batches, add chicken, and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes.

Transfer to a plate, and set aside.

Add 2 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter, and then add mushrooms.

Cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Transfer to plate with chicken, and set aside.

Heat remaining olive oil in skillet, and then add shallots and garlic.

Cook, stirring, until soft, about 1 minute.

Add remaining flour and cook for 2 minutes.

Add Marsala wine and stock and cook, scraping bottom of pan until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes.

Return chicken and mushrooms to skillet, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper before serving. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce

Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce
Braciola in Pomodoro


Twelve 6-inch by 4-inch slices boneless beef chuck, pounded to 1/16-inch thickness
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup raisins
5 tbsp chopped parsley
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano cheese
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 tsp red chile flakes
2 (28-oz) cans whole, peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed by hand
1 bay leaf
Garlic bread, for serving


Prepare the Filling:
Mix together raisins, 4 tbsp parsley, pine nuts, Parmigiano cheese, and garlic in a bowl.

Set aside.

Prepare the Beef Rolls:
Place a slice of beef on a work surface perpendicular to you.

Season with salt and pepper, and place about 1 tbsp of the filling on the bottom half.

Starting with the filled half, roll beef up around the filling into a tight cylinder.

Secure roll with toothpicks, and repeat with remaining beef and filling.

Heat olive oil in a 6-qt Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Working in batches, add beef rolls, and cook, turning as needed, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes.

Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Add onion to pot, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add wine, and cook, stirring to scrape bottom of pot, until almost evaporated, about 4-5 minutes.

Stir in chile flakes, tomatoes, and bay leaf, and then return beef rolls to pot.

Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low.

Cook, covered partially and gently stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through and tender, about 2 hours.

Remove meat rolls from sauce, remove toothpicks, and transfer to a serving platter.

Continue cooking sauce until reduced and thickened, about 20 minutes.

Pour sauce over meat rolls, and sprinkle with remaining parsley. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

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30 Phoney Invalids Arrested In Naples

Naples - March 01, 2012 - Italian police on Thursday arrested 30 people in Naples accused of claiming false invalidity benefits since 2004 to the tune of more than four million euros.

Police said another 47 people were under investigation in the case.

Judges have ordered assets of the alleged culprits to be seized to help pay back the money.

Eh?! Just 30? What a "cazzata"! It can't be!
Add a couple of zeros and you'll still be way off!

And to have gotten away with this since 2004? What's going on here? The Naples police crack teams don't know how this monkey business starts? You get one Napolitano who cashes in on the benefits, brags to everyone on his street and before you know it, a mysterious endemic breaks out among a dozen Napolitani.

"'Fanculo", you could throw a rock and hit 7 deaf, blind and cripple suspects. That's Napolitana reality, folks.

Example: A fat Napolitano who claims to be blind does not make sense.
He's blind...but he's finding his way to the refrigerator and cooking the 5 course Napolitani meals. Come on, your honor, it's easy to see right through them. Instead of his nose growing, his stomach grew. Sort of like Pinocchio gone haywire.

Most of these Napolitani who are convicted for crimes are guilty of something. Yes, sometimes, we convict them for the wrong crimes but, "porca Eva", believe us. They're guilty of something!

You're not going to find the Napolitano Ironside here where someone confesses:
Suspect: "Per favore, please, I swear I did not commit this crime."
Ironside: "Yes, but you committed plenty of other crimes, didn't you?"
Suspect: "Well, 'si' got me there.

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