Grilled Mini Meatball Subs

Grilled Mini Meatball Subs

Do you like to get your grill on? As in bbq grill not dental grill (which I have never ever understood – How do you clean those things? I mean just buy a ring or a bracelet already). IF you do, and you think you have what it takes my friends at Dole are hosting their Dole California Cook-Off and you should honestly consider entering. Besides glory there’s a whole lotta gumbo cash at stake. Like $25,000. All you have to do is come up with a killer recipe (some rules and regulations apply see contest page for full details – did that come across in my announcer voice?) and submit it.

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Pear Prosciutto and Arugula Flatbread Pizza

Prosciutto Pear and Arugula Flatbread Pizza

I am a sucker for pizza. Thin crust please. I might be in the minority but thick crust or deep dish just isn’t for me. Thin it is and the crispier the better. Pizzas are fantastic because lets face it you can honestly top them with anything you like. Some combinations are way better than others. I’ve had a few oh yeah um moments. But luckily you can usually salvage that carb-y cheesy goodness by picking off whatever isn’t working for you and press on.

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Risotto and Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers

Risotto and Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers

This past weekend we got started planting our deck container garden. I can not tell you how incredibly excited I am to have an abundance of fresh cherry and Roma tomatoes, herbs and PEPPERS right off of my kitchen at my finger tips. I like variety so in the pepper department we’ll have: chile peppers, giant Marconi as well as yellow and red bell peppers (no green ones for me thank you). When they start producing, they come in hot and heavy. Meaning we eat them every which way we can. Including stuffing them a gazillion different ways.

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Spiced Roasted Ham with Glaze

I love pork products. Probably more than the average person (well not as much as Chef Michael Symon who has multiple pigs tattoos – but close).  So naturally when I had an opportunity to partner with the National Pork Board it was a big giant no brainer. I am official now. Yes officially a Sister Cites of Ham Ambassador (Raleigh – DurHAM) and I have a badge to prove it. A celebration was in order which had to include what else? Ham! This spiced roasted ham with glaze. It’s a showstopper and it couldn’t be easier to make. Promise.

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Cheesy Broccoli and Bacon Bake

Surprise it’s still COLD. Good thing “Ada” my KitchenAid Range is such a workhorse. She’s been getting a massive workout EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Especially the oven portion. Besides massive amount of chocolate chip cookies there have been a plethora of pasta bakes. I’m a fan of the pasta bake, aka casserole or cheesy carb-y goodness. You pick. What’s not to love about melted cheese and warm pasta? If you’re not a fan, I’m not sure we could be friends. Okay well maybe if you brought me wine and let me eat your bowl of pasta, that might work. Maybe. Chocolate would be good also. Just a thought.

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Ginger and Pork Dumplings

Next to Italian, Asian food is one of my most favorite cuisines (btw if you’re ever in Birmingham you MUST go to Jensei, and order the Kadoma tuna, I can’t stop dreaming about that one along with the tempura green beans oh sweet Mamma). I could eat my weight in sushi, and dumplings don’t stand a chance around me. It’s embarrassing how many I can eat. 

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Firehouse Chili con Carne

 

People are passionate about chili. They like it the way they like it and that’s just the way it is. Some people like beans in the mix, others not so much. Some people top their chili with all kinds of interesting toppings: sour cream, cheese, chives, fritos, cornbread. Me I’m kind of an odd bird and I like my chili served over rice. Yep, always have. I also like for my husband to make it. Why you ask? Well I have to admit mine tastes more like spicy spaghetti sauce than chili so I defer to him on this one. And grilling for the most part.

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Sweet and Spicy Mini Meatball Subs

 

So apparently there’s a big football game coming up soon. Or so I keep hearing. I’m not a football person. Gasp. Sorry. Never have been. My husband is a football person. I am a snack person. You know that thing about opposites attracting? It’s true. I make the snacks and he gets to watch the game and all is right in the Jones house. I’m going to be making a plethora of carb heavy foods for the big shebang, including these mini meatball subs. These aren’t any ordinary subs. That would be boring. They’re amaze-balls sausage meatball subs with a sweet and spicy sauce served up a warm toasted steak roll.

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Salami and Spinach Stromboli

I’m not quite done with my holiday baking yet (don’t worry there are more brownies coming your way – thank goodness right?) but I have to admit by the end of my marathon baking days I have been craving something salty and dare I say with a little veg it in. Who am I? The catch is I’m not all that hip on the idea of staying in the kitchen to whip up something that will take forever. In comes Stromboli. Think stuffed bread that filled with salty salami, cheeses and a little veg. Who wouldn’t want a slice or two of that?

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Porchetta

You’re going to have to excuse me while I wax poetic about Porchetta. If you’re not familiar with the MOTHER of all pork roasts let me introduce her to you. Skin-on pork belly from heritage pigs surrounds succulent pieces of sirloin and shoulder. All generously seasoned with garlic, sea salt,  and rosemary. I’ll give you a minute to let that soak in. It’s a flavorful alternative to turkey, spiral-cut ham, or a standing rib roast (sorry Mom). You can eat it sizzling from the oven with crackling skin or serve it cold, deli-style for sandwiches like I’ve done above. Are you drooling yet? Because you should be. One taste and you will be. Trust.

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Slow Cooker Mini Meatball Sliders

If I never had to do dishes I would be one of the happiest people on the planet. Buying dishes that’s another story that I could do for hours on end but washing them bleck. Needless to say one pot wonders are pretty stinkin’ spectacular in my book.  Slow cooker recipes that use a liner insert that you just toss after your done with no washing required. Now that’s worth a cartwheel or two. Maybe even a round-off. Or maybe just a solitary happy dance around the kitchen. 

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Sausage Basil and Tomato Frittata

Frittatas are a wonderful way to use up eggs and little bits and pieces in your fridge. They’re not fussy at all and you make them all in ONE pan. You know how much I hate doing dishes so this is fantabulous. This frittata (which is basically the Italian cousin of the omelet) is filled to the brim with sausage, onions, garlic, bell pepper and cheesy goodness. And then it’s kissed with fresh tomatoes and basil for the finishing touch. Now, who wouldn’t want that for breakfast ; )

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Prosciutto, Mozzarella and Basil Roll

This should just be called the “you won’t be able to stop at one no matter how much you try roll”. I tried and failed miserably. I’m going to be walking a lot this week because of it, but I’m okay with that. Really. And because I love to share in my misery, I want you to make it too and to eat as much as I did. It’s only fair ; )  Do yourself a favor and pick up a loaf of ciabatta bread to go with. You’ll have leftover prosciutto and it just begs to be placed onto a freshly baked ciabatta with a basil leaf and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Trust me.

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Roast Pork Loin {Arista al Forno}

To say we’re pretty fond of the pig is an understatement. The pig gives us so many fantastically delicious cuts from: Bacon, to Pork Tenderloin, to Pork Shoulder to well I could go on and on, so it’s only fitting that the pig should be a big deal, right? ; )

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Sausage Crostini {Crostini con Salsiccia} + Blog for a Cause

If you’re looking for a simple yet scrumptious appetizer I have one for you!  When it comes to appetizers crostini are my go to, especially in a crunch. Everyone loves them, and why not they’re delicious, very filling and bonus points for being extremely economicable {well that’s unless you’re topping yours with white truffles and obviously since I’m not rolling in the dough we’re not ; ) }

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Braised Pork with Rosemary and Mushrooms {Arrosto con il Rosmarino}

I could tell you how incredibly insanely delicious that braised pork roast is in the photo. OR how I used it to make not one but three meals. But I know you see that gorgeous cassis Le Creuset in the photo and you see giveaway in the title and now you’re heart is beating a little faster and you’re just not thinking clearly. It’s not your fault. It is Le Creuset after all. So I’m just going to get right to it. Christmas is coming a little early for someone. ONE lucky bell’alimento reader is going to WIN one of those for her {or him} self!

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Braciole al Sugo {Pork Chops in Sauce}

I feel like my Southern American meets my inner Northern Italian with this dish. Braciole al sugo translates to Pork Chops in Sauce. It’s a pan fried pork chop that has been seasoned and breaded and then is topped with a glorious tomato sauce. It’s a very simple satisfying meal that you can pull together in less than 30 minutes ; )

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Polpette {Meatballs}

What is it about a meatball that is so endearing? People LOVE meatballs. People go crazy for meatballs. I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone that didn’t like a meatball {well okay perhaps my veggietarian friends but you know what I mean}. What’s not to love. They’re round, they’re packed full of flavor and then they’re soaked in sauce! They’re little spheres of scrumptiousness.

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Braciole alla Panna {Pork Chops in Cream Sauce}

Are you tired of your same old go to meals? Your quick fixes? Well then I’d love to introduce you to this saucy little number. It’s a dish you can whip up in a flash and will quickly make it into your must make often file. I mean why not, it’s boneless pork chops that have been sauteed to a golden perfection in a shallow buttery bath. And then, in comes THE SAUCE…

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Sweet & Spicy Bacon Coated with Nutella

 

Sweet and Spicy Nutella Coated Bacon www.bellalimento.com

It’s that time again, one of my favorite days of the year, WORLD NUTELLA DAY! WND is the brainchild of Sara & Michelle who ask Nutella lovers to unite every February 5 creating a world blanket of Nutella love. How awesome it that ; ) To celebrate I’ve created a doozy of a Nutella recipe. Yes, I did. I covered bacon in Nutella. And guess what? It’s off the charts AMAZING. I know it might be a stretch for some, but if you take that leap of faith and try it, you just might find you like it. I’ll even go as far as say that you’ll LURVE it.

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