10/08/13 Sausage and Mozzarella Stuffed Crepes

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Crostini with Ricotta, Black Olives and Mint
  -Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe
  -Sausage and Mozzarella Stuffed Crepes

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 Recipe: Crostini with Ricotta, Black Olives and Mint

Crostini with Ricotta, Black Olives and Mint
Crostini con Ricotta, Olive Nere e Menta


1 loaf of ciabatta or another peasant-style bread
1 to 1 and 1/2 cups ricotta cheese, room temperature
Oil-cured black olives, pitted and chopped
Lemon zest
Mint, torn into pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled


Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire in a grill or set gas grill to medium-high heat.

Cut bread into 1/2-inch thick crosswise slices.

Drizzle the bread with olive oil.

Grill bread slices until both sides have grill marks and slightly charred crusts, 4-5 minutes.

While hot, rub bread with garlic.

Slather 1 tbsp of the ricotta on top of each toasted slice.

Spread olives, lemon zest, and torn mint atop ricotta. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe

Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe
Broccoli Rabe Cotto a Fuoco Lento


1 and 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 teaspoons crushed red chile flakes
12 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 and 1/4 lbs broccoli rabe, thick stems removed, cut into 2-inch pieces
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Heat 3/4 cup olive oil, chile flakes, and half the garlic in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Add broccoli rabe and 1/2 cup water.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and cover skillet.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Place remaining olive oil and garlic in a 1-qt saucepan over medium-high heat.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is crisp and golden, about 5 minutes.

Drain, and set garlic chips aside.

Season broccoli rabe with salt and pepper and top with reserved garlic chips. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausage and Mozzarella Stuffed Crepes

Sausage and Mozzarella Stuffed Crepes
Crepes Ripiene con Salsiccia e Mozzarella


14 oz Italian sausage
3 and 1/2 oz cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 and 1/2 oz grated Parmigiano cheese (about 3/4 cup)
14 oz ricotta cheese
7 oz smoked mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 eggs, divided
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 and 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 tsp salt
1 and 3/4 cups whole milk
Canola or sunflower oil, for frying
1/3 cup white wine
Black pepper to taste


Prepare the Crepes:
Whisk together 4 of the eggs and the flour.

Gradually whisk in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, and whole milk.

Beat vigorously to make a very smooth batter.

Heat a little canola (or sunflower) oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.

Once oil is hot, spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan.

Swirl the pan to spread the batter evenly around the bottom.

Cook for about 1 minute, until edges of crepe are beginning to curl and bottom is golden brown.

Flip and cook on the other side.

Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the batter.

Prepare the Filling:
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large non-stick frying pan.

Add the chopped onion and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes.

Remove the meat from the sausages by squeezing it out of the casing and into the pan.

Chop up with the back of a wooden spoon.

Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

Pour in the wine and let reduce for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and spread the meat on a large baking sheet or plate to let cool.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining 2 eggs, ricotta cheese, cubed ham, grated Parmigiano cheese, and cubed mozzarella cheese.

Season to taste with black pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350?F and generously butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of filling into each crepe.

Roll up and cut in half.

Fold the non-cut side of the crepe loosely over the bottom.

Place the crepe halves snuggly in the pan with the cut-side facing up.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and crisp on top. Serve warm. Serves 6-10.

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:

'Scarface' Found During Naples Mafia Raid

Naples - March 30, 2012 - Italian police discovered a life-size porcelain bust of Al Pacino as Cuban drugs lord ?Scarface? during a raid on the home of a suspected mafia drugs boss outside Naples.

Police stumbled upon the bust at the home of 34-year old Carlo Padovani, who was arrested along with more than 30 other people, including eight women, suspected of dealing drugs in Boscoreale, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Padovani, who is believed to be linked to three Camorra mafia clans operating in the area, reportedly ordered the bust from a local ceramic dealer. It is said to be worth around 1,000 euros ($1,330).

Despite being initially arrested in July last year, police said Padovani managed to carry on running his drugs empire from his home where had been placed under house arrest.

Rosario Cantelmo, a senior prosecutor, told reporters that Padovani?s cocaine-dealing operation was organized on "an industrial scale," and provided jobs for entire families.

Adult drug dealers, some of them women with husbands in prison for mafia-related crimes, earned 400 euros ($530) a week as well as a bonus of 10 percent of the value of every deal done.

Children as young as six received a weekly wage of around 200 euros ($265) to act as lookouts.

As you may already be aware, we have a perverse love for criticizing the Wonderful World of Naples and its sensational and crafty inhabitants. They are like no other.

You have to understand the drug correlation has little to do with the fascination many Napolitani have with Tony Montana. It's much deeper...

1) Napolitani know very well they don't need to be born in Rome, Milan or Florence to make it to the top. You can grow up in a household where Darwin's theory of evolution jumps off the roof, have no money, and no skills...but you're free to decide at any point to not let it hold you back.

2) Using nothing but Naples street smarts and determination, like Tony Montana, Carlo the Napolitano achieved his vision of the American dream. He had money, power, respect and a bust of his favorite idol that looks nothing like Pacino. Everything he always wanted from the comfort of his home...where he was held under temporary house arrest!

3) Unlike Tony, Carlo listened to Frank. He didn't get obsessed about that ricotta pie in the sky. Stay focused and don't get greedy, and you'll win in the long run. What we want to know is, "porca di quella troia", how do you convince six-year-olds to get on the payroll?!

4) All a Napolitano has in this world is his "coglioni" and his word. He doesn't break them for anyone. He lives by his own code of ethics. Most of you who know any Napolitani are aware they will tell you anything with pure conviction. So much so you believe them every single time. Most of the members of this news staff have been living in Italy for 15 years...and we still helplessly fall for the "cazzate" that come out of their mouths.

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