Pssst! … Valentines Day Is Coming Up!


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!

Recipes: Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin & Cranberry Sauce

Still looking for a couple new Thanksgiving recipes to try out tomorrow? These next recipes are some of our favorites and are the perfect simple recipes to start teaching the next generation with… they can tackle the harder recipes next year! Nana’s Cranberry Sauce with walnuts is a homey-twist on a classic Thanksgiving dinner staple, and for most of us Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin is a brand new addition to the menu. From everyone at Passanante’s Home Food Service, we hope you have an incredible Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. Enjoy!


Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin

Photo Credit: The Red Spoon

Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely ground
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Layer the cauliflower, heavy cream, and the 3 cheeses in a medium casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and the sauce has thickened slightly
  4. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving
Nana’s Classic Cranberry Sauce:
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 ounces orange marmalade
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine cranberries, lemon juice and sugar
  3. Cook for 1 hour covered
  4. Take out of the oven and stir in the marmalade until mixed well
  5. Add walnuts last

Other Thanksgiving Recipes:
Herb Roasted Turkey
Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy

Cold Weather Recipe: Pork Chop Casserole

This next recipe is a great cold weather meal for all of our meat eaters out there. Who doesn’t love a good casserole in December? This incredibly simple recipe for Pork Chop Casserole is quick to whip up and could be easily adapted for a melt-in-your-mouth crockpot meal.

Think this recipe looks great – but you don’t have 6-8 pork chops handy? Passanante’s is a convenient home food delivery service that provides healthy, clean, and flavorful hormone-free meats and organic veggies delivered right to your door. We put out new recipe’s every week that are sure to make your mouth water, so give us a call at 1-800-772-7786 to get your next shipment of tasty ingredients delivered!

Pork Chop Casserole

What You Need:

  • 6-8 pork chops
  • 4-6 peeled potatoes sliced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6-8 slices of american cheese
  • 14 ounces of green beans (can used canned or fresh organic)
  • 1 small onion sliced

How to prepare Pork Chop Casserole:

  1. Brown pork chops in 1/4 cup oil in skillet
  2. Mix potatoes with 3/4 can of cream of mushroom soup
  3. Grease baking dish and layer: potatoes, onion, cheese, green beans, pork chops and the rest of the can of cream of mushroom soup
  4. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours
  5. Uncover for the last 1/2 hour to brown

As always, check out our Facebook page for more great recipes from your fellow Passanante’s customers!

Happy Eating!

Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad

Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad

It’s been awhile since Passanante’s posted our Italian Summer Salad, so we figured it was time to post this fabulous recipe for Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad.  This recipe is great when served with Heavenly Tilapia and a simple pasta — definitely worth wipping up this weekend. Let us know what you think about it on our Facebook page and be sure to post your favorite recipes too!

The Crunchy Topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 package Ramen noodles uncooked and broken up
  • 1 Tbs. oil

Heat oil, cook nuts and noodles until crispy and light brown. Drain on paper towel.

The Salad:

  • 1 head of organic romaine lettuce torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 bunch of organic broccoli crowns, chopped very fine
  • 1 bunch of organic green onions, chopped

Mix all in plastic container and place in refrigerator.

The Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sugar heated with
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar. Remove from stove and add…
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbs. soy sauce

Chill dressing. Mix crunchy topping, salad and dressing just before serving.


Memorial Day Menu

Filet Mignon and Brisket Burgers

The countdown to Memorial Day weekend is on, which means you’ve got to start thinking about what’s on the menu for you and your friends. We suggest Filet Mignon and Brisket Burgers, Smoked Bratwurst, maybe some handmade Italian Sausage, and of course – some delicious side items.

We’ve collected a couple simple recipes for your side dishes that are sure to draw your friends in for seconds and maybe even thirds! Hop onto the Passanante’s Home Food Service Facebook Page and share the recipes your family loves most – we would love to add them to our recipe album!

Homemade Wedge Fries

Home Made Seasoned French Fries:

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
  • Cover a large pan with tin foil. Spray with cooking oil and lightly sprinkle on salt
  • Cut 5 organic potatoes in to wedge or steak fries
  • Let the wedges soak in salted water for 30 minutes to release some of the starch and allow the fries to crisp up in the over.
  • After 30 minutes, dry the potatoes thoroughly. If the potatoes aren’t completely dry, the moisture will make them steam in the oven
  • Lay the fries on the foil and lightly brush the wedges with olive oil
  • Sprinkle on a touch of your favorite seasoning. We recommend a mixed Italian or Cajun/creole seasoning.
  • Pop the homemade fries in the oven for 15-20 minutes for softer fries and 25-30 minutes for crispier fries.

Deviled Eggs

Devilishly Excellent Smoky Deviled Eggs:

  • Hard boil 1 dozen eggs
  • Drain and cool eggs under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water. Peel the eggs.
  • Halve the eggs lengthwise and place the yolks in a food processor.
  • Add ÂĽ cup plus 2 tablespoons of crème fraĂ®che and 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons finely chopped cornichons, 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion.
  • Season with salt, ground black pepper and ground white pepper
  • Fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture.
  • Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of Spanish pimentĂłn and serve chilled