Pssst! … Valentines Day Is Coming Up!

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Already?! How is that even possible? It was just New Years Eve and here we are planning for Valentine’s Day… and not to freak you out, but pressure’s on – they’re probably going to be posting pics of their dinner all over Facebook 🙂

No worries, we’ve scoured cookbooks and blogs to bring you some really solid options for your dinner menu. There’s something here for everyone so poke around and pick your poison!

BEEF – Caprese Steak
Prepare to go capr-azy over Caprese Steak courtesy of Delish. After all, at the end of the day it’s a juicy filet topped with a thick slice of cheese. If that doesn’t scream love we don’t know what does!

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CHICKEN – Maple Roasted Chicken Quarters
If you’re looking for something sweet yet savory this recipe may be just the ticket. Pure maple syrup helps to almost caramelize the chicken skin and the veggies nestled underneath are anything but ordinary. This gem courtesy of Chocolate Moosey is one of those meals you just don’t forget. Like, ever.

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PORK – Brown Butter Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
Yep. You read that right. Apples and Onions. May sound a little off, but these chops are spot ON. The only stipulation to this recipe from The Lucky Penny is that you really need a cast iron skillet to execute this one to it’s fullest potential. Don’t get hung up on the onion/apple combo we promise it’s better than it sounds!!!

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LAMB – Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata
This next one from Country Living sounds super fancy (see: pain in the butt), but we promise it isn’t! In fact, this Italian favorite requires just 5 ingredients. Pair it with some grilled veggies drizzled with Balsamic and voila – a delicious and ultra fancy-sounding Valentine’s Day dinner for two!

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SEAFOOD – Spicy Lobster Pasta
Have a hankering for a little seafood with your sweetheart? Spice up your Valentine’s night with this surprisingly simple show stopper courtesy of Epicurious. This one’s a favorite for those who like it hot!

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So… which one will you pick?! Post pictures of your Valentine’s dinner creations on our Facebook page – we’d love to try out some of your favorite recipes too!

Happy Eating!

A Few Italian Favorites

2017-newsletter

Happy New Year!!!

We hope you enjoyed the holiday season surrounded by great food and all of the people you love. We have a lot to be thankful for as we look back on 2016 and we owe it all to our incredible customers – so thank you!

In celebration of our 100 year anniversary we really went All Out, All Year Long. From the 100 Days of Food campaign benefiting Feeding America, to our expansion to Chicago, Illinois, then back to Bristol for the first annual Battle of the Burgers, October with it’s record breaking donation for the American Cancer Society, and finally, the introduction of a number of delicious new favorites including Illg’s sausages. What A Year! Thanks to each of you for being a part of the best year in our company’s history and for your continued support as we move into 2017.

Now onto the tasty stuff…
All this cold weather has craving warm and hearty foods and what’s more comforting than a few Italian classics?!


tortelliniTortellini Soup
Need we say more? This recipe couldn’t be easier and the wilted spinach is absolutely to die for. So rich and delicious, make plenty for leftovers!

ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 or 6 Italian sausages (hot, mild or sweet)
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bag (about 12oz,) of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 package fresh or frozen tortellini
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
method:
  1. Brown onion, garlic and sausage in olive oil. Drain well.
  2. Add oregano, rosemary, basil, tomatoes and chicken broth. Simmer for up to 1 hour.
  3. Just before you serve, turn off heat and add tortellini and spinach. Cover for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.

egg-noodlesEgg Noodle Lasagna
 
If your pants are still a little tight from the holidays, this recipe for egg noodle lasagna is the perfect pick for you. Not nearly as heavy as traditional lasagna, but just as satisfying.

ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 15oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8oz. package small or medium egg noodles (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 8oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
method:
  1. Brown onions, meat and garlic. Drain off fat.
  2. Add tomato sauce, super, salt, pepper and spices.
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  4. Cook noodles
  5. Blend softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream.
  6. Lightly grease 9×13 pan.
  7. Layer noodles, meat mixture and cheese mixture. Repeat.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
  9. Bake at 350 uncovered for 30 minutes. Then at 400 for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with hot crusty bread.

Thanks again and we look forward to another fantastic year!

OMGoodness Honey Tabasco Pork Chops & Creamy Butter Beans

If you’re looking for an unbeatable Grilled Pork Chop Dinner recipe complete with a drool-worthy glaze and creamy side you’ve found the right blog! Honey Tabasco Pork Chops and Creamy Butter Beans is sure to become a favorite on your family’s dinner recipe line-up. You can order everything you need for nearly any meal directly from Passanante’s Home Food Service and have it delivered to your home with our reliable home food delivery service. Give us a call at 1-800-772-7786 to find out more about our incredible selection of quality meats and organic veggies and simplify your mealtime!


For The Chops:

  • 2 8oz. Pork Chops (desired thickness)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • ½ cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 8 oz. Honey
  • 2 oz. Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 T. Minced garlic
  • 1 T. Red pepper flakes

1. Heat honey in a sauce pan on medium heat.
2. Add tabasco sauce, minced garlic and red pepper flakes.
3. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes

1. Season pork chops with salt & pepper on each side
2. Grill each side for about 6 minutes (for medium) depending on grill temperature
3. Baste the pork chops with the glaze on each side
** Use extra glaze as dipping sauce (yum!)

For The Beans:

  • 4 leeks, washed, trimmed and finely sliced
  • A small bunch of fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 1 wineglass of white wine
  • 1 lb. good-quality tinned or jarred butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • Small handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraĂ®che
  • Good-quality peppery extra virgin olive oil

1. Sweat the leeks, thyme and garlic with a splash of olive oil and the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan on a low heat for 20 minutes until they are soft and sweet.
2. Turn up the heat and add the white wine.
3. Let the wine come to the boil, and add the beans and a splash of chicken or vegetable broth so the beans are almost covered.
4. Allow to simmer gently for 5 to 10 minutes until the beans are lovely and creamy.
5. Add the parsley, crème fraîche and a good glug of the extra virgin olive oil and taste for seasoning

Recipes: Hot & Spicy Pepper Steak, Ranch Pork Chop Casserole

To help combat the chill of winter we’re bringing you a couple new recipes that will fill your home with warm, delicious aromas, and heat you up from the inside out!

It may be a little cold to man the grill these days, so take advantage of these wintry months and master your meals on the stove top!

Hot & Spicy Pepper Steak

Hot & Spicy Pepper Steak

  • 1/2 Cup picante sauce
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Pound beef round steak cut into thin
  • strips
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup fresh mushrooms, slices
  • 6 Green onions, chopped
  • 1 Medium red or green pepper; cut into short, thin strips
  • 4 Servings rice

In a small bowl combine picante sauce, water, soy sauce, cornstarch and ground ginger. Set aside.

In a large skillet or wok over high heat, heat vegetable oil. Add the meat and stir-fry 1-2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add garlic, mushrooms, green onions and peppers. Stir-fry for 3 minutes and return the meat to the skillet.

Cook and stir about 1 minute or until the sauce thickens. Serve over rice with additional picante sauce.

Ranch Pork Chop CasseroleRanch Pork Chop Casserole

  • 6 Pork chops
    Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 Teaspoon Spice Island Brand – Beau Monde seasoning
  • 3/4 Teaspoon dry sage seasoning
  • 1 1/3 Cup water
  • 1 1/3 Cup instant minute rice

Salt and pepper pork chops on both sides. Heat oil in a skillet and brown the chops on both sides. Remove and set aside.

Add celery, garlic and onion to skillet and cook until tender. Add soup and seasonings to the veggies and stir until heated through.

Remove 1 can measure of the mixture and reserve as gravy.

Add water and rice to skillet and combine by stirring. Pour into 9 x 12 pan and top with the pork chops.

Bake at 350* for 30 minutes and serve with warm reserved gravy.

Recipe: Root Beer Pork Chops

This recipe for root beer pork chops is the perfect meal to whip together after a long day when your brain and fried and all you want is a delicious meal and your favorite TV show. Root beer pork chops are super easy to make and save pretty well ensuring you’ve got an equally irresistible lunch the next day.  Even better news? If you’re a Passanante’s Home Food Service customer you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the pork you’re preparing is high quality, locally raised and corn and grain fed. No unsettling secrets about where your food is coming from!

Root Beer Pork Chop Dinner Plated

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pork chops cut about 1 inch thick
  • 3 Bottles of root beer
  • 1 Cup beef stock
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire
  • ½ Teaspoon chipotle seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon fresh cut rosemary
  • Salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
  1. Combine pork chops and two bottles of root beer in a large tupperware container and marinate in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hour.
  2. Remove pork chops from the marinade, pat dry with a paper towel and season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Grill the pork chops for about 3 minutes on each side before removing from the heat and allowing them to rest.
  4. In a saucepan combine the remaining bottle of root beer, beef stock, brown sugar, chipotle seasoning and Worcestershire.
  5. Simmer and reduce the sauce by about 75% until it is the consistency of syrup and add the fresh cut rosemary.
  6. Plate the pork chops and top with a few large spoonsful of the sauce. Serve these delicious chops with grilled asparagus, and a loaded baked potato, or next to a flavorful rice and steamed veggie medley.