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Homemade Italian sausage and pepper sliders on garlic bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked pepper
  • ½ teaspoon toasted fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 baguette
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ stick butter, melted

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter and garlic. Cut baguette longways leaving one side attached. Pour butter and garlic mixture over baguette and bake until slightly brown and toasted (about 10 minutes). Remove from oven and cut into 2-inch pieces, leaving one side attached.
  • Combine all ingredients for sausage and mix thoroughly with clean hands. Form meat into small patties (about 3 inches in diameter).
  • Drizzle olive oil into a large skillet over high heat and add sausage. Cook until browned on both sides (about four minutes on each side). Remove from pan. Add olive oil to pan. Add garlic, onion, and pepper to pan and stir until vegetables are coated in oil. Cook until soft (about 10 minutes) then add sausage back into pan and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • To assemble sliders: sandwich one sausage patty, topped with peppers and onion between two pieces of garlic bread.

Orecchiette with fresh mint, peas, and ricotta

Ingredients:

  • 1 box orecchiette pasta
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • ½ cup grated pecorino
  • Shaved pecorino, cracked pepper for garnish, and mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

  • Boil pasta according to package (9 minutes).
  • In a large pan, melt butter and add garlic. Transfer pasta to pan with butter.  Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water to add to pan as needed while stirring.
  • Add peas, lemon zest, lemon juice and mint. Finish with dollops of ricotta and olive oil. Garnish with more pecorino, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and mint leaves.
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Banana Nutella French toast

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 slices challah bread, brioche or any sweet fluffy bread
  • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar and salt together in a small bowl. Slice the banana thinly into discs. slice the bread and line in the shallow baking dish then pour the egg mixture over the top, flipping to ensure they’re completely coated.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over a medium-high flame. Place the egg-soaked challah into the pan and cook until golden brown and crispy. Flip the bread over in the pan and spread the Nutella on one side then layer the bananas on top. When the second side is crispy and golden brown flip it over to form a sandwich.
  • Serve immediately or hold in a warm oven. To plate, cut in half, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with the powdered sugar, shaking it through a strainer to distribute with no lumps.  
Recipe courtesy Daniel Holzman