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Recipes tagged with: Nana

Baked Beef Kibbeh
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Baked Beef Kibbeh

I know - I know - I am Italian.  However, we have Labanese friends and they would bring over pita bread, grape leaves and kibbeh.  So good!  I remember how my Nana's friend could take a large pieces of pita and rip it in 1/2 the long way so each person got one half of a large pita and made us an amazing sandwich.  Sometimes I wish i was that little girl in at my Nana's house!

I love lamb and that is the traditional way to make kibbeh but not everyone enjoys it so I decided to make it with beef and will put out a large platter to serve the kibbeh by adding grape leaves, hummus, tabouleh,  lettuce, cucumbers, feta cheese, olives and extra-virgin olive oil.

Enjoy

 

 

Homemade Ravioli with Pecorino  and Truffle
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Homemade Ravioli with Pecorino and Truffle

In Germany we spend most of one day at a Farmer's Market.  It was also Oktoberfest so it was very busy and extremely amazing!  We defiantly ate our way through the market and even stopped for a few beers.  I brought home some truffle and knew it would go great with homemade raviolis.  

I like to combine semolina and AP flour for a delicate ravioli.  You can use all AP or even better us OO.

My raviolis are very easy to make and so much better than any store bought! The best part is the bragging rights!  Enjoy...

Italian Style Tomato Salad
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Style Tomato Salad

A tomato salad was always my Nana's favorite. We would mostly have this for lunch. I remember her asking me "Do you want a tomato salad for lunch?" I miss her so much and treasure all of her memories.

 

Nana's Meat Stuffed Shells
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Nana's Meat Stuffed Shells

As an Italian there is always a "just in case" dish standing by for any gathering.  No matter if we are grilling burgers or preparing a gourmet dinner you will find a lasagna or stuffed shells as a back up dish.  Believe me it never goes to waste!  Especially later on in the evening everyone gets excited when I pull out a dish already made and it just needs to be heated up.

I love stuffed shells and my Nana and I would make these together and sometimes I would have for breakfast before school.  

Make my Simple Tomato Sauce for this recipe!

PS - I love using the meatloaf mix at the grocery store or ask your butcher for the pork, beef and veal combination.  YUM

 

Nana’s Italian Pork Roast – Sunday Dinner
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Nana’s Italian Pork Roast – Sunday Dinner

My Nana loved Sunday dinners with the family. This was one of our favorites. We would get up early and start the sauce before church. Then when we got home the roast went into the sauce for the day. The tenderness of this roast is just amazing As a family that loved peas my grandmother added them right on the platter next to the roast covered in sauce. I am so grateful to have these amazing memories! Italian recipes are the best especially bringing families around the table.

My nana always made this dish on the stove top but I have found the slow cooker works great and I don’t need to worry about the stove being on all day! I will share my slow cooker recipe with you but if you want to make this on the stove – just keep in on low all day!