Pastorelli Pizza Sauce Pizza # 2 – Kristen’s recipe

Pizza Kristen 2014Here’s another great pizza recipe using Pastorelli Pizza Sauce.  Many thanks to our friend Kristen Clements  Mackey in Texas.

One package pillsbury pizza crust
One can of Pastorelli pizza sauce
Fresh buffalo mozzarella
Shredded kraft mozzarella
Fresh basil
Roma tomato
Sautéed mushrooms in tablespoon of butter and fresh chopped garlic
Assemble as desired and bake!

Soooo easy & soooo good!

Thank you, Kristen!

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Pastorelli Pizza Sauce Pizza # 1

Pillsbury pizza dough – regular, not thin
EVOO
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Minced garlic – store bought works great – 1 teaspoon is enough
Some fennel seeds – crush
Italian sausage – remove from casings – try sweet or spicy or hot for variety
Grated mozzarella
Grated or shaved Pecorino Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil leaves

  1. Prepare dough as instructed on package.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet, then tomatoes, sprinkle w/ salt as desired, saute until charred & start to break down.
  3. Put tomatoes in a large bowl, add garlic & fennel & mix.  Crush tomatoes in large bowl.  Leave some large pieces.
  4. Form little balls of sausage & position on top of the pizza.
  5. Mix grated cheeses & some chopped fresh basil leaves in a separate bowl.
  6. Sprinkle cheeses over dough.
  7. Add tomato mixture unevenly across the dough.
  8. Bake about 25 minutes, or less depending on your oven.
  9. Remove from oven & top w/ basil leaves.
  10. Cool slightly then cut as desired.  We use a rectangular shaped cookie sheet w/ sides to make this.

Delizioso!

Note:  I found a recipe for Cherry Tomato Pizza Margherita in Bon Appetit magazine a few years ago & adapted it to fit our family’s tastes.

–Judy Thomas Formato

 

Casa Giulia Jam Raspberry Bars

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Andrea  w/ dessert bars at a recent birthday party.

Earlier this month, I was invited to a 70th birthday party for my best friend’s mom.  I was told I didn’t need to bring anything, but my parents taught me never to go to anyone’s house empty-handed.  So, I needed to find the perfect special recipe for this special occasion.  What says love better than dessert?!

Thanks to the wide variety of Formato Brothers Casa Giulia Jams, I was able to pick the perfect flavor for my fruit bars dessert.  I decided to go with Raspberry, but you could pick whatever fruit you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ C all-purpose sifted flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1 C butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ C Casa Giulia Jam – your choice of flavor

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F; spray an 8” square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the brown sugar and butter until fluffy; beat in the egg and almond extract.  With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture until blended.  Scrape the batter into the pan, smoothing the surface with a rubber spatula.  Spoon the Casa Giulia Jam over the batter smoothly and evenly.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.  Cool completely on a rack.

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    Andrea & Heather w/ dessert bars at a recent birthday party.

My best friend Heather and her mom (and everyone else at the party) loved this!  It was so chewy and we didn’t even feel guilty about eating it because of the delicious fruit jam!  I can’t wait to make this again; my only dilemma is:  which Casa Giulia Jam do I choose next?!

–Andrea Formato Castner


Quick Pizza

This is such an easy pizza to prepare.  It is quick if you use ready-made dough, or a little slower if you make your own.  We are always in a hurry so the quick way is the best sometimes for the Formato household.Caliente Hot Pepper Spred Mix Marino

Use olive oil spray or canola oil spray & spray a 10″ x 15″ rectangular pan.

Prepare pizza dough (I love to use a Pillsbury thin crust dough in a can).  This means to spread it out to fit the pan, you shouldn’t have to go up the sides w/ the dough.  It should fit nicely in this size baking pan.

Pour pizza sauce over it (here’s where you use the Pastorelli brand, which by the way, is delicious). 1 can can be used for 2 pizzas.

Sprinkle w/ shredded mozzarella cheese.

Add little balls of sausage (make it easy on yourself, remove casing from Italian sausage & form round pieces;  we like Johnsonville Italian sausage which comes in Mild or Hot).

Chop up some green peppers & sprinkle on top.

Bake for about 10 minutes or according to the package directions.  Cut into little squares & serve.

You can add more cheese before baking.

You can freeze & then add cheese before baking.

Usually there’s not much left every time this is served.

Hope you enjoy this!

Formato Brothers Caliente Olive Spread

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1/3 bottle Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread
1 cup roughly chopped Kalamata olives
1 cup roughly chopped stuffed green olives
1 cup roughly chopped artichoke hearts
1/3 cup good olive oil

Drain olives & artichokes before chopping.

Mix together in a glass bowl, cover, refrigerate over night.  Serve w/ rustic baquette cut into pieces.

Many thanks to our wonderful friend Gary Marino for his ongoing recipes using Formato Brothers products.  Keep ’em coming, Gary Boy!

Bruschetta a la Formato

1/2 bottle Formato Brothers Mild Pepper Spread, drained

1 generous Tbsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread, drained

1 medium tomato, diced

1/4 lb Buffalo Mozzarella cheese, diced

That’s it!  4 ingredients….you can make this quickly,,,try it!

Spread EVOO on cut up bread pieces (1 1/2″ square), then toast in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Mix first 4 ingredients & spread on toasted bread pieces.  REturn to oven for about 10 minutes more until cheese has melted.

Buon Appetito!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Spicy Meatballs

Here’s another exciting & very tasty recipe for spicy meatballs.

4 lb 80/20 ground beef
2 lb pork sausage
3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp dired basil
2 tsp dried oregano
5 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
2 eggs
2 tsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread (drain excess oil)
5 oz goat cheese for stuffing into meatballs once they are thoroughly mixed

Mix all ingredients together.  Use your hands….it’s therapeutic.  : )

Roll about 2 Tblsp into palm of hand, with your thumb press down to create a space to accommodate 1/2 tsp of goat cheese.  Use a small measuring spoon to be consistent.

Place on a rack on a baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake for 25 minutes until brown.

Or….fry in canola or vegetable oil at 360 degrees turning over after a minute or so until brown.  Then place on a metal rack to drain off excess oil.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

–Carl Formato