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2014 Most Viewed Recipe Rewind

Here is a round up of recipes from 2014 most viewed
for What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine
Thank you all for a great year and have a healthy, happy safe New Year in 2015. I appreciate everyone's comments and support a big thank you to everyone.

For the number 1 most viewed recipes scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Thank you all again and see you in 2015 for another year of recipes from
What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine!



Best Tempura Recipe for Fried Fish and Chicken 
Brownie Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Lobster Mac and Cheese

                                                         
                                                 Character Breakfast Pancakes


                                Guinness Scallop Potatoes 


                                                          
                                                           Tuscan Garlic Bread

 
                                                     Boozy Adult Popsicles


 
                                   Mom's Homemade Sausage Skewers

                                   

                             Antipasto Submarine Italian Salad Sandwich

This was the number 1 most viewed posts of 2014 with over 7k views!  Thank you to all my readers!!!

Best Appetizer Recipes


Bruschetta Antipasto

                             
                                                     Fried Artichokes


                                                              Avocado Cucumbers 


                                                      
                                                                 Zucchini Fries



                                                                   Fried Ricotta Balls



                                                   
                                                 Chicken Parmesan Poppers


                                         Italian Style Stuffed Mushrooms




                                                               
                                                                 Crostini Recipes


                                     Italian Fried Meatballs




For more Appetizer Recipes see links below:

No Bake Berry Cheese Pie Recipe


Another one of those hurry up and make desserts because company is coming over and I have no time recipe!
I just love the ease of this one and everyone loves it. Actually they brag more about this one than the all day in the kitchen making the crust and cooking ones. I have to say it's pretty darn good for a semi homemade cheese pie. Give it a try your family and friends will love it!



No Bake Berry Cheese Pie Recipe

(note for a deep dish pie double the recipe)
1 store bought graham cracker crust
1 package 8 ounce cream cheese
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of whipped heavy cream chilled (do this first whip the cream and set in the refrigerator until ready to use)
1 can triple berry pie filling

Whip the cream cheese with vanilla until smooth. Slowly add in the  sugar and stir. Fold in the whipped cream gently until blended. Pour into the pie shell and chill for at least two hours. Top with any pie filling after this is chilled. We love the triple berry pie filling but I have used cherry, fresh strawberries, blueberries and sliced peaches and  fresh or canned they all work wonderful. Enjoy!

Cupcake Quiche Recipe


My husbands favorite breakfast is chicken fried chicken in a skillet style breakfast that includes eggs, bacon, sausage then covered with white sausage gravy over the top of biscuits. This gives him just about everything he needs except I didn't add the cubed fried potatoes inside.  Just add them as a side dish using either hash browns, cottage fried potatoes or home fries you'll end up with a banquet for breakfast!

For special occasions or when company comes I love to make these little individual quiches to everyone liking. I personalize them. I get all the ingredients and add whatever my family or guests likes and these are sure to please everyone. Whether they're  vegetarian, meat lovers or just plain cheese you got it made making these little quiches.

crescent rolls (refrigerated dough) (1 can makes around 9 liners for the cupcake tins)
chopped peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, asparagus, onions
cooked meats, sausage, bacon, chicken fried chicken sliced, chopped pepperoni, salami or other meat you like
shredded potatoes
spinach leaves
chopped broccoli
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
shredded cheddar
shredded mozzarella
cupcake tins greased

Optional: store bought sausage gravy made to package instructions

Oil spray the pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line each tin with dough. Place a tablespoon of shredded cheese in each tin. Add the egg mixture on top.


 Add whatever you like with the variations to you families taste. We used sausage, bacon, spinach and peppers. Just a little to each cup. Bake at 350 degrees until the middle is set around 15 minutes.



Place on a plate top more meats if using for example chicken fried chicken and top with gravy.


Italian Herb Potato Salad Recipe

Did you ever want a side dish that tasted good cold or hot and could stay out all day and not be something that will spoil quickly? Well you just found it! Check out the ingredients on this potato salad that will be the favorite of everyone that love Italian homemade dressing!


Potato Salad Italian Style Recipe

5 or 6 potatoes boiled with skins on till soft, remove skins and cut into cubes when cooled
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
oregano dried to taste
good grade olive oil
3 tablespoons butter melted (per at least 5 to 6 cubed potatoes) add a tablespoon more for every two potatoes you add or use
3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar

Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, a few sprigs of fresh rosemary

Place the potatoes in large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the potatoes, butter, salt and pepper, cayenne to taste in the bowl.. Drizzle with some vinegar of choice over the top. Add the herb evenly over the top and toss together.
Perfect side dish for anything you serve!


Christmas Tree Recipe Ideas


Every year I try something new and creative with my Christmas Tree Pan here are just a few suggestions this year I used it for my Krispie treats tinted with green food coloring, always a favorite at any function. This pan can be purchased at any dollar store or you can find one online. You can make some very festive treats with this shaped pan. I left mine plain for a good visual but just think how festive you can dress this up. Use some color sprinkles, sugar decorations, maraschino cherries, cut out mini star cookies etc, Use some creative imagination and this is perfect for school parties, events and more! 
Pandoro Italian Cake
                              Rice Krispie Treats


Cranberry Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


Pandoro is an Italian yeast risen cake like bread and how perfect this was to add my dough into this to form the perfect tree!
If you would like the recipes for these click the links below have a  great time coming up with more ideas!

Pandoro Italian Cake
Rice Krispie Treats


Ambrosia 


More Christmas Recipes Italian Style:

Coconut Funfetti Sugar Cookie Recipe


A fun to make and eat cookie (looks like a rainbow) looks perfect  on a cookie tray, such a great colorful cookie.
The kids love them too.
Sugar cookies with a rich buttery coconut  funfetti flair! 



Coconut Funfetti Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 stick softened butter
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 cup colorful sprinkles

Beat and cream the sugar and butter together. Add all the rest of the ingredients except for sprinkles and coconut. Fold them in the end.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll into balls, place on a parchment paper and bake for around 8 minutes until set. Cool before removing from pan.

Want an easier recipe?  Try using a funfetti cake mix get the recipe here!

Hot Cocoa Pudding Cake Recipe


No matter what kind of design I put on this cake underneath better be chocolate. That's what is expected every time I make a cake. I use a cookie cutter to design whatever theme is going on. This time is a Holiday Christmas cake. Just think of all the possibilities you can do to design your cake to whatever theme is going on. A delicious cake you will make time and time again. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!




Hot Cocoa Pudding Cake Recipe

3 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup oil
4 1/2 ounce squares of bittersweet chocolate chopped
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 batch of chocolate pudding any box kind you like to package instructions cooled

Garnish :

Whipping cream sweetened with 1 tablespoon sugar and whipped
Cocoa powder put through a fine mesh sieve
Cookie cutter in the shape of a tree
Sliced almonds tinted green using two drops green food coloring a 1 teaspoon water soaked and blotted dry
dried cranberries for the lights on the tree
assorted sugar decorations for the tree ( I used wiltons)
Hot fudge in a jar 
Rolo wrapped candy for the base

In a large saucepan add the butter, oil, chocolate with 1 cup water, heat until melted.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar and cocoa powder. Pour the mixture of chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture and whisk together.
Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl whisking in the eggs in one at a time just until all blended.
Pour into heavily greased pans of your choice, I used a 13x9 pan and left the cake in the pan . Bake at 350 preheated oven until middle springs back or use the toothpick method around 30 minutes. Cool completely on wired rack if using two 9 inch rounds or other cake pan that you will need to remove the cakes from.

In the meantime tint the sliced almonds. Make the whipped cream and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Put pudding on top of cooled cake,( if your using two rounds then it goes in between the layers.)
Frost with whipped cream.

Center the cookie cutter in the middle, add the sliced tinted green almonds and trim with dried cranberries and assorted sugar decorations.

Drizzle the top with hot fudge topping and dust with cocoa powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutella Coconut Filled Cookie Recipe


Just when you think you got all the cookies made for the holiday you remember another you love and forgot to make. Well this is one I made last year and skipped over by accident until last night. I was looking through my photos and saw my favorite cookie sitting on the tray last year and forgot to make these. I immediately got to them!


Nutella Coconut Filled Cookie Recipe


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 1/2 cup  flour plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1 cup shredded coconut put through food processor
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Beat shortening and sugars in a bowl using an electric beater until blended. Add the egg, milk and flavorings. Stir in the baking soda, salt and flour the add the coconut.
Roll the dough into small balls and place on a oil sprayed cookie sheet. Using an index finger make an indentation in the middle of each ball. Fill with some Nutella. Cover with a small piece of flattened cookie dough. Roll into a ball again with floured hands.
Place each cookie back onto the cookie sheet around 2 inches apart
Bake in a hot oven at 375 for 10 minutes.
Drizzle with melted chocolate.

Cornflake Wreaths Recipe


These really makes your cookie tray festive. I am really not a big fan of them but they sure know how to dress up the cookie tray. The kids just love them. Corn flakes never looks so good!

If you love rice krispie treats you will be a big fan of these too! A simple confection to shout the festive occasion! No bake so another bonus! Quick and easy!

Cornflake Wreaths Recipe

4 cups corn flakes or more
1 bag mini marshmallows ( 10 ounce of marshmallows) or around 30 large 
1 stick of butter
green food coloring
red hots cinnamon candy for decoration

Melt the marshmallows in a heavy duty saucepan with butter.
Add three drops of green food coloring to the pot and stir until all blended and melted together. Add the cornflakes.
I use an ice cream scooper to make the rounds and place immediately on parchment paper to harden then add cinnamon red hots for decoration. 

TIP: Parchment paper is so much better than wax paper they won't stick at all!

Baked Pumpkin Rice Pudding Recipe

 


Just when you think you have had everything pumpkin imaginable comes along another great idea. This shouts fall and Holiday dessert all over the place. Love the ease of this recipe as it is baked in the oven. Delicious and a nice change of pace. It's ok if your not into pumpkin try this with sweet potatoes too it's so delicious you'll go back for more!


Baked Pumpkin Rice Pudding Recipe


2 cups water ( I use coconut water)
1 cup arborio rice
3 cups milk
1 cup solid packed pumpkin or freshly made mashed sweet potato
3/4 cup honey (see substitutions below)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash salt

Garnish:
1/4 cup heavy cream whipped with a tablespoon sugar added
cinnamon sugar mixture (1 teaspoon cinnamon to 3 tablespoons sugar mixed together)
crushed graham crackers
cinnamon stick (optional)

Simmer rice and water for around 20 minutes until soft in a  medium sized saucepan that is suitable for the oven as well.
In a large bowl whisk together milk,  pumpkin, honey, vanilla, salt and spices. While the rice is still hot, add the pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.



Bake until the liquid is reduced about 1/3 and is foamy looking around 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. 




 Taste this first, if you feel you would like this sweeter, add 1 tablespoon at a time of powdered sugar and stir this in. I do not prefer this overly sweet. 

Transfer to a bowl and refrigerator overnight.



Serve with whipped cream, crushed cracker crumbs and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.


DIRECTIONS
 When 1 cup honey is called for in recipe:

  Try these in your recipe:

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid (use liquid called for in recipe).
OR.
1 cup molasses.
OR.
1 cup light or dark corn syrup.
OR.
1 cup pure maple syrup.

Do you love pumpkin?

Try some of these other pumpkin recipes:

Sausage Eggs Potatoes Giambotta Recipe


In every Italian household we would have leftovers, sometimes so many from over cooking for the family that this was a main dish in the house with what our mom Margaret Colenzo called "must goes". Mom would say ok lets get every leftover out and they all must go tonight. So this dish many times was dinner not breakfast. Jumbot is a mixture of many things with eggs. Italians love to mix a variety of meats in their eggs along with peppers hot or sweet. Also potatoes, cheeses, onions and just about anything else your little heart desires. This was dinner last night and boy did we have lots of leftovers. The sausage peppers and potatoes in the fridge went into ours.  Italians in East Utica know the spelling is  Giambotta and that's how we roll but you will get the idea on pronouncing it with Jumbot (smile)! My grandma spoke broken English so it does come out that way, funny to read it spelt that way on the internet over at the food network..  really a strange way to spell it but apparently someone out there thought it was right! Either way you will enjoy your own version. Remember to use Italian crusty bread and your favorite Italian meats that's what make this a great Giambotta! 


Enjoy this dish as we did in this wonderful sub toasted garlic bread. Ciao.


Most of the time your using leftover meats from previous dinners. Sausage, potatoes, peppers in this skillet. However some folks over Jumbot so much they will make it all from scratch.


I have added leftover Escarole, Spinach or Swiss Chard when we have leftovers which also compliments this jumbot (Giambotta)!


Of course everythings better with melted cheese and this didn't take a back seat!
 Bada Bing Bada Bang! Great Sandwich here!

Sausage Eggs Potatoes Jumbot Recipe ( Giambotta) 

2 links Italian sausage
1 cubed potato
1 Italianelle pepper sliced or sliced bell pepper
Shredded Italian blended cheeses
Provolone slices
Pancetta or bacon
olive oil
garlic cloves

Optional additions: hot peppers, cooked Escarole, sliced onions, black sliced olives, sliced plum tomatoes, tree or regular mushrooms.

Italian sub rolls toasted drizzled with olive oil, rubbed with garlic cloves and toasted under a broiled till lightly browned.

Saute the sausage, peppers, potatoes in 3 tablespoons olive oil (with any other items you like). Add the pancetta or bacon and cook until meat is completed cooked and golden browned. Flip once. Top with shredded cheese.

Add the to one side of the sub roll and add a slice provolone to the other side. Serve hot.

Boozy Ball Cookie Recipe

Probably the most asked for cookie on the Christmas tray! Boozy Ball Cookies!


A must make every year making several batches in different boozy flavors. Whether you like flavored rums, bourbon, hazelnut liquor, whatever kind you like you can make. We love Amaretto, Frangelico, Bourbon and Coconut Rum. If your making a batch for the kids substitute orange juice and some orange zest,
 works like a charm! Easiest cookie recipe on the web!


Boozy Ball Cookie Recipe

1/2 cup bourbon, rum, or nut flavored liquor like Amaretto, Macadamia, Frangelico or (whatever kind of booze you like. These are Frangelico)
2 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 box of vanilla wafers
3 tablespoons corn syrup or honey
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (if using Frangelico use hazelnuts, for Amaretto use almonds)
1 cup powered sugar (more for rolling these in)

Place all in the ingredients in a food processor except nuts. Add them last and pulse til coarsely chopped. Roll into balls and add powdered sugar into a large ziplock bag and shake gently till well coated. Store in refrigerator or freeze until ready to use the longer they sit and ferment the stronger they get!



Boozy Ball Cookies

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:



  • 1/2 cup bourbon, rum, or nut flavored liquor  or (whatever kind of booze you like these are Frangelico)
    2 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 box of vanilla wafers
    3 tablespoons corn syrup
    2/3 cup walnuts (if using Frangelico use hazelnuts, for Amaretto use almonds)
    1 cup powered sugar (more for rolling these in)

instructions:


  1. Place all in the ingredients in a food processor except nuts. Add them last and pulse til coarsely chopped. Roll into balls and add powdered sugar into a large ziplock bag and shake gently till well coated. Store in refrigerator or freeze until ready to use the longer they sit and ferment the stronger they get!
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