This is one of my mother's favorite recipes. I have yet to meet someone who hasn't liked it!
1 1/2 packages of sweet or mild Italian sausages
4 bell peppers
1 LARGE yellow onion
6 cloves of garlic
1 15 ounce can of Del Monte tomato sauce (or any other brand, but it must be tomatoe "sauce" not puree or stewed tomatoes)
-----In a large frying pan, brown the 6 cloves of garlic in the vegetable oil on a medium high flame (adjust as needed)
(Don't worry about exactly how much oil; you will be pouring off and discarding all the excess oil at a later step.)
-----Add the whole sausages and cover lightly with oregano, poking them with a fork to allow the juices to escape (without the sausage breaking open).
-----Brown these sausages on the outside.
-----Cut open sausages length-wise, to allow the browning of the meat.
-----When the sausage is nicely browned, remove sausage and garlic from pan.
-----Put slices of bell peppers into frying pan and brown until halfway done (soft)
-----Add sliced onion
-----Cover pan and simmer till onion is soft.
-----Drain off oil and discard.
-----Cut each half sausage width-wise into three pieces.
-----Add sausage and garlic back to pan.
-----Add 1 can of Del Monte Tomato Sauce
-----Sprinkle lightly with dried oregano
-----Sprinkle lightly with dried parsley
-----Add salt and pepper to taste
-----Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt and onion salt
-----Cover pan until sauce begins to bubble (stirring occasionally)
-----Once sauce bubbles reduce heat to a medium-low flame, uncover pan and simmer for up to one hour (stirring occasionally as needed).
-----Serve on French rolls or, preferably, some good Italian bread!
This recipe is a favorite dessert. It is not hard to make but requires a deep fryer.
1 lb of ricotta cheese
1 box of powdered sugar
2 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of baking powder
6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
48 fluid ounces of vegetable oil
1 box of powdered sugar
Mix all the ingredients (minus the powdered sugar and the vegetable oil) in a plastic bowl until it is uniform. The mixture will be very sticky.
In a deep fryer, heat up 48 fluid ounces of vegetable oil until hot (donut setting is fine).
When oil is ready, drop [heaping] teaspoon size balls of the mixture into the hot oil. When golden brown on each side, remove and put on paper towels (helps remove excess oil).
As each set of ricotta balls is fried, move the fried ricotta balls onto a tray and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve warm and ENJOY!