Lunch/Dinner

Sausage Patty Sandwiches

Listen to Episode 62: Sausage Patty Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Red, orange, and yellow peppers, cleaned
  • Provolone cheese
  • 2 lb loose Italian sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • Ciabatta buns
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  • Rub washed peppers with olive oil. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Roast in oven at 400°F (convection) until skins begin to brown and bubble.
  • Place in a pot with a lid to cool. This helps the skins to come off. Once cooled, remove skins and set aside.
  • Mix sausage, egg, and bread crumbs together well. Make into patties. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes.
  • Brush both insides of ciabatta buns with olive oil. Add sausage patty, cheese, and roasted pepper.
Lunch/Dinner, Side Dishes

Mashed Potatoes and Spinach

Listen to Episode 58: Side Dishes

Ingredients:

  • 8 potatoes, peeled, cooked, and mashed
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, cooked
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 5 or 6 green onions, chopped
  • 8 oz chedder cheese, shredded

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients together.
  • Place in a buttered 2 quart cassarole dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.
Lunch/Dinner, Side Dishes

Mrs Wilkes Mac n’ Cheese

Listen to Episode 43: Mac n’ Cheese with John Anthony

Ingredients:

  • 2 c (uncooked, 4 c cooked) elbow macaroni
  • 2 c grated sharp cheddar
  • 3 c milk
  • 4 eggs, whipped up
  • 1/2 c butter

Directions:

  • Cook macaroni per package. Drain and return to pot.
  • Add butter, melt and mix. Mix in eggs then milk. Mix well.
  • Stir in cheese.
  • Bake in greased casserole dish for 30 minutes at 350°F until firm but not dry.
Lunch/Dinner, Side Dishes

Better Homes and Gardens Mac n’ Cheese

Listen to Episode 43: Mac n’ Cheese with John Anthony

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c (uncooked, 3 c cooked) elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c finely chopped onions
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 2 c milk
  • 2 c cheese (1 1/2 c colby and 1/2 c jack)

Directions:

  • Cook macaroni per package. Drain.
  • Cook onion in butter. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook to make a roux.
  • Add milk, stir and cook until thickened. Add cheese, melt and stir. Add macaroni and mix well.
  • Serve as is for a creamy macaroni and cheese or bake 30 minutes at 350°F.
Lunch/Dinner, Side Dishes, Vegan

Oven Fries

Listen to Episode 42: The Pittsburgh Salad Episode

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 medium to large potatoes (russets or regular white work best)
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 Tbs grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:

  • Scrub potatoes, cut out any bad spots, and cut into fries leaving skin on.
  • Soak in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Blend olive oil, romano cheese, salt, and pepper. Toss cut fries in this mixture in a bowl or plastic bag.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 400°F for 40 minutes (30 for convection oven). Serves 4.
Lunch/Dinner

Pittsburgh Salad

Listen to Episode 42: The Pittsburgh Salad Episode

Ingredients:

  • Salad greens
  • Assortment of vegetables
  • Hard-boiled eggs, cooked & quartered
  • Shredded cheese
  • Fries (see Oven Fries recipe)
  • Cooked meat
  • Salad dressing, any

Directions:

  • Salad greens are your choice (bib, iceburg, or romaine lettuce, spinach, etc). Typical vegetables are tomato, cucumber, olives, onion, carrot, celery, and radish.
  • Use 1 hard-boiled egg per salad. Shredded cheese is typically provolone, mozzerella, or cheddar. Meat is usually grilled chicken breast, steak, or shrimp.
  • Assemble in order: bed of salad greens, assorted vegetables, eggs, hot meat, hot fries, cheese, and top with salad dressing.
  • Voila! A Pittsburgh Salad!
Lunch/Dinner, Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Listen to Episode 27: THIS Is Italian Wedding Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 head endive
  • 1 head escarole
  • 1/2 bag spinach
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 8 chicken boullion cubes
  • 1 lb chicken
  • 1 lb mini meatballs
  • 3 Tbs romano cheese

Directions:

  • Cook chicken in broth. Remove, cool, and cut up.
  • Put meatballs in broth and cook.
  • Rinse and clean greens. Cut into 1 or 2 inch pieces.
  • Add greens to broth. When wilted down, add cut up chicken. Add Romano cheese last.
  • Turn down heat to medium, simmer for 30-60 minutes.
  • Serve with a good crusty Italian bread.
Lunch/Dinner

Zucchini Lasagna

Listen to Episode 22: Chopped: Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs dry ricotta cheese
  • 1 lb shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 c grated Romano cheese
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  • Slice zucchini into long pieces, like lasagna noodles.
  • Mix ricotta, provolone, and Romano cheeses well. Add garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Add 2 eggs and mix well.
  • Layer in 9×13 glass baking dish as follows: sauce, zucchini, cheese, sauce, zucchini, cheese, sauce.
  • Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes.
Lunch/Dinner

Zucchini Appetizer

Listen to Episode 22: Chopped: Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/2 c oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 2 Tbs dry parsley
  • 1/2 c minced onion
  • 1 1/2 c baking mix, like Bisquick
  • 1/2 c grated Romano cheese
  • 3 c shredded zucchini

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Bake in a 9×13 pan at 350°F for 25-35 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce.
  • If using fresh chopped, use 1 Tbs basil and 1/4 c parsley.
Lunch/Dinner

Mop and Bop Burgers

Listen to Episode 16: Mop And Bop Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 c Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 lb provolone cheese, sliced
  • Pasta sauce, warmed

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients (except provolone and sauce) well. Divide mixture into 8 patties.
  • Bake, broil, fry, or grill to medium.
  • Top with pasta sauce and a slice of provolone cheese, serve on a good roll.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ground bacon
  • 1/2 c plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 c minced onion

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients (except ground bacon) well. Divide mixture into 8 patties, press ground bacon into the outside of each patty.
  • Bake, broil, fry, or grill to medium.
  • Serve with barbecue sauce on a good roll.