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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Conchigliette con Piselli {Small Shells with Peas}

I never ever get tired of eating pasta. EVER. First of all, there are so many different varieties of pastas: long, short, homemade, flavored. And then you have an insane amount of different shapes of pastas, which of course have diverse textures. And then you figure in the sauce choices….exhale…well boredom is simply not possible ; ) The combination of possibilities are mind boggling. Mind boggling! And I LOVE that about pasta dishes!  

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Lenticchie e Lonza {Lentils and Bacon}

Beans and bacon. A perfect marriage right ; ) Although Lenticchie e Lonza sounds so much more fancy schmancy this is just a down home stick to your ribs warm up from head to toe big pot of comfort food.

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A SPECIAL OFFER from Creminelli Fine Meats

I love it when I can share amazing products and companies with you. Creminelli Fine Meats is one of those gems. I’m THRILLED at the warm welcome you gave to Creminelli through the GIVEAWAY last week. I was literally GIDDY with excitement when I found out that I could now FINALLY have authentic Italian artisan salami here in the states.

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Mussels with Spicy Sausage and Tomato

 

Mamma  Mia how I adore MUSSELS! I could eat two dozen of them by myself and not blink an eye, and then take the remainder of the crusty bread and finish sopping up the saucy goodness. And yes, I will slap your hand if you try to take my bowl before I’m done…fair warning LOL! Totally not my fault though, they’re just so stinking GOOD!

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Creminelli Fine Meats: Salami {GIVEAWAY}

{pictured above: Salame Musica}

Sono davvero emozionata! Have you ever tasted Italian Salame? REAL Italian Salame? I’m not talking about something you might run across at the mall, oh no, I’m talking about handcrafted artisan salame. Aka the good stuff, that up until last week I had NOT tasted outside of Italy. Yes, because of those pesky little custom laws I could NEVER bring any salame back with me {because let’s just say if you try they’ll confiscate it, just trust me, don’t ask me how I know…moving on LOL}. So you can imagine my level of giddyness when a brown box full of scrumptious salumi arrived on my door from Creminelli Fine Meats…I was salivating with anticipation before I even opened the butcher paper.

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Pappardelle alla Salsiccia {Pappardelle with Johnsonville Sausage}

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed, however, are my own. Always have been, always will be ; ) }

You all know we love sausage. You’ve heard me mention a gazillion times how much we especially enjoy Johnsonville Sausages {Here are just a few of the recipes we’ve featured using those scrumptious sausages: Stuffed Turkey Breast w/Pomegranate Glaze,  Sausage Kebabs glazed w/balsamic and fig preserves, Ultimate Spaghetti Sauce…I could literally go on and on because, hello it’s sausage…told you we LOVE them and USE them all the time}

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Torta Rustica {Rustic Savory Pie}

You all know how much I love my sweets. So much so you would think I’d be a natural at baking but I’m really not. Baking is quite challenging for me. It doesn’t come natural like cooking. Cooking I can do with my eyes closed. Okay maybe not, but you know what I mean. BUT a savory pie, that baking I can do ; ) Torta Rustica is Italian for Rustic Pie. It’s a savory delight that will fill you from head to toe.

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Sausage Kebabs Glazed with Balsamic and Fig Preserves

 

It’s grilling season! And it’s in high gear here at our house. There is something about the smell of the meat {or veggies} wafting off of the grill! You always know when someone is grilling {that can be a good or a bad thing LOL} And who doesn’t love food on sticks? I mean really, you put anything on a stick and voila instant hit! These spiedini {which is Italian for kebabs} are no exception! 

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