Meat Stuffed Artichokes

10 artichokes
1 1/2 lbs ground beef (extra lean works well)
5 Tblsp pine nuts
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
4 Tblsp Antica Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

  • Trim artichoke tops & remove tough outer leaves.
  • Saute artichokes in 4 Tblsp EVOO.
  • In same oil saute gound beef, add choppd onion, pine nuts, cinnamon, a pinch of salt.
  • Fill each artichoke with a Tblsp of the meat mixture.
  • Place artichokes in an oiled baking pan & fill pan with enough water to cover the artichokes about half way.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Buon Appetito!

Grandma Formato’s Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad
Grandma Formato’s Antipasto Salad

We served this for a holiday get together recently.  It was well received & so flavorful with the Formato Brothers Eggplant Salad!

Excellent presentation for your next Italian themed party.  It looks appealing & tastes wonderful.
Mix the following together.  Cover & refrigerate.  Can be made up to 2 days before serving.

  • Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera (drain some of the oil)
  • Formato Brothers Eggpland Salad (drain some of the liquid)
  • Pitted medium or large black olives (drain liquid)
  • Artichoke hearts (do not drain)
  • Green Salad Olives
  • Red Cherry Peppers (drain liquid)
  • Paesana Baby Pepperoncini (optional)
  • Dried salami & mozzarella cheese (optional)