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The Feast of St. Joseph with special guest, Linda!
Come join Joe Leone in celebrating St. Joseph’s Feast on March 19th. Tickets cost $30 for adults ($20 for children) and can be bought at either Joe Leone’s store locations until March 15th. Ten dollars from each ticket sold will be given back to the St. Joseph’s fund; this year, the funds will be supporting local families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The feast begins at 5:30 PM and features a traditional, family-style Sicilian feast. Hope to see you there!
A little bit about St. Joseph:
St Joseph was the husband of Mary and a father figure to Jesus.
Although not much is known about St. Joseph, it is said he prevented a famine in Sicily during the middle ages.
In some countries, St. Joseph’s Day is also considered Father’s Day.
Traditional St. Joseph’s Feast Recipes
Pasta con Sarde – Pasta with Sardines
Fennel, thinly sliced
Fresh sardines, cleaned
Breadcrumbs, plain or toasted in butter
Heat a large pan with olive oil and begin by sautéing the fennel.
In the meantime, dredge the sardines in flour. Fry the sardines in the olive oil around the fennel.
Deglaze the pan with white wine, and finish it off with capers, pine nuts, and raisins; simmer.
Cook the bucatini pasta to al dente; transfer it directly into the sauce and toss to coat.
Top the pasta with breadcrumbs and serve.
*Breadcrumbs, which look similar to saw dust, are often used to resemble St. Joseph, as he was a carpenter.
For a red version of this sauce, swap red sauce for the white wine and omit the capers.
Pasta di Sabbia – Pasta in Sand
Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
Bell peppers, thinly sliced
Drop your pasta of choice into salted, boiling water.
In the meantime, sauté the garlic in olive oil. Add the onion and peppers, and continue sautéing until softened.
Deglaze the pan with white wine; then add the parsley, raisins, pignoli nuts, and breadcrumbs.
Transfer the pasta into the breadcrumb mixture, and toss to coat.
Blood Orange and Arugula Salad
Blood Oranges, segmented
Red Onion, thinly sliced
Oil cured black olives
Extra virgin olive oil
For the salad, toss the arugula, blood orange segments, red onion, and oil cured olives together.
Dress with extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.
Eggplants, peeled and soaked in salted water
Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
Drain the eggplant from the salted water; boil it (and really, really boil it says Joe).
Pat the eggplant dry. In a large boil, mash the eggplant with the bread, and mix in the remaining ingredients. Roll the mixture into balls.
Dredge the eggplant meatballs in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, then fry until golden brown.
Other traditional St. Joseph’s Day Feast foods:
Custard frittata with spinach
St. Joseph’s Day bread, which must be blessed by a priest the morning of!
Zeppole: Fried dough stuffed with ricotta cheese or cannoli cream, topped with a cherry and green sprinkles.
Beignet de San Giuseppe: Dough piped into a donut shape, fried, and then filled with custard and topped with a cherry.
For anyone out there that makes their own Pizza Rustica or Pizza Gain during the Easter season, ever wonder why they may come out inconsistent year to year?
That’s because of the cold cuts. Stick to a brand of cold cuts you like to ensure your favorite Pizza Rustica & Gain recipes come out perfect every time. Reason being, different cold cuts vary in flavor, salt, and oil content.
Email us your favorite Pizza Rustica & Gain recipes! We’ll be talking more about them on Palm Sunday.
See you next Sunday for St. Patty’s Day!
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