saint joseph's dinner.. march 19, 2011

as i mentioned before i love saint joseph's dinner.. now the following recipes are not my mother in laws or her mother in laws for that matter or in the quantity we had (there was around 20 people there).. i will post those when i get them.. the party was so much fun i didn't want to have to look for then write down the recipes.. however, some of them are pretty darn close..

pasta de sarde

prep time: 7 minutes
cooking time: 2 hours
servings: 4

olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped
1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste
1 (18 oz) can of tomato puree
1 (15 oz) can of tomato sauce
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (14 oz) can of couco for macaroni with sardines (can be found in italian markets)
salt and pepper to taste
pasta of your choice

in a heavy saucepan add a few swirls around the pan with the olive oil, saute onions and garlic until translucent.. add tomato paste, puree, sauce, broth salt and pepper.. simmer uncovered for over medium low for about an hour.. then add the undrained can of couco sarde sauce, cover and continue cooking over medium low for another hour until sauce is thick.. about the last 20 minutes make your pasta according to package.. when pasta is done put in a nice big serving bowl and pour sauce of over and the sprinkle with breadcrumbs.. (take a little olive oil and pour in a non stick skillet and take about a cup of bread crumbs and brown for about 4-6 minutes in the oil) the breadcrumbs are used on Saint Joseph's Day to replicate saw dust since Saint Joseph was a carpenter.

sweet cauliflower patties

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 20-30 hours


1 head of cauliflower chopped
1 carton of ricotta cheese
3 eggs
1 tblsp. sugar
oil for frying (or butter)

boil your cauliflower in water until tender, drain and mash like potatoes.. add cheese, eggs and sugar to cauliflower and combine well.. form into 2 inch round patties and fry in either butter or oil..

sfingi with chocolate ricotta stuffing

3 cups flour
3 tblsp. sugar
6 tsp. baking powder
3 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. vanilla
oil for frying
powdered sugar

heat oil in either a large deep dutch oven or fry daddy type thing.. then in a medium mixing (or your kitchen aide) bowl mix flour, sugar and baking powder.. add eggs, water and vanilla.. mix well.. drop batter by the spoonful into hot oil.. if the oil is hot enough the sfingi will cook and turn over without help but if it doesn't use a wooden spoon and turn to making sure they are a golden brown on both sides.. drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar.. now some people not me! but some people like to fill them with chocolate ricotta cheese.. take a tub of ricotta cheese and mix 1 cup of mini chocolate chips or shaved chocolate together.. personally i think they are amazing without it but hmm maybe filling with nutella might be pretty darn good..


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