Rachel and Portia’s Falagones

Listen to Episode 84: Falagones With Rachel And Portia

Dough Ingredients:

  • 10 c flour
  • 1 c Crisco shortening
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 c warm to hot tap water

Dough Directions:

  • Blend the Crisco and salt into the flour as if making a pie crust
  • Once the Crisco is blended into the flour, slowly add the water and mix until the dough is formed. The dough consistency should allow you to be able to roll each piece out with a rolling pin. Dough should be smooth and soft but not sticky.
  • Cut the dough into 10 equal size pieces. Cover with a towel and let rest for a few minutes.
  • Roll each piece into a 9-inch circle as if making a pie shell on a floured cutting board.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and sliced into a bowl of cold water
  • 4 c sweet onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into pieces (hot banana peppers can be added, if desired)
  • 1 c oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 c grated parmesan and Romano cheese (mix 1/2 c of each)

Filling Directions:

  • Make sure potatoes are drained from all the water. In a large bowl, mix all of the potato filling ingredients together, making sure all ingredients are well-blended.
  • Put 2 c of potato mixture on half of the pie shell, allowing you to top the mixture with the other half of the pie shell. Once the mixture is covered, seal the falagone with your fingers or a fork ensuring there will be no leakage when baking.
  • Vent the top of the falagone with a fork to allow venting while baking. Place on a greased baking tray. You should be able to fit 2 on a tray or 3 if the tray is larger.
  • Bake at 350°F for 1 hour. The falagone will be golden brown when completed.

Sausage Patty Sandwiches

Listen to Episode 62: Sausage Patty Sandwiches


  • 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


  • 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, Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Listen to Episode 27: THIS Is Italian Wedding Soup


  • 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


  • 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.

Zucchini Lasagna

Listen to Episode 22: Chopped: Zucchini


  • 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


  • 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.

Mop and Bop Burgers

Listen to Episode 16: Mop And Bop Burgers


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.

Crockpot Pulled Italian Beef

Listen to Episode 12: Hot Italian Beef


  • 2-3 lb beef roast – chuck or English cut, fat removed
  • 1 12-oz can dark beer
  • 1 12-oz jar (drained) pepperocini peppers
  • 2 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp each: salt, pepper, garlic powder


  • Trim fat from beef, set aside. Put seasoning, garlic, beer, & peppers into the crockpot. Place beef on top.
  • Season beef with salt, pepper, & garlic powder.
  • Cook 8-10 hours on low.
  • Remove beef from crockpot. Carefully remove peppers from juice to a bowl. Shred beef and return to crockpot.
  • Serve on hard rolls with juice for dipping. Serve peppers the on side – they are hot!