My Italian Family Dinners Lasagna, Briciole, Eggplant Parmesan these are just some of the items that I will be making for our family dinner.
I will be making my own sauce first with three kinds of meat which I will cook slowly for four hours. My family loves when I make all our favorites for our Italian dinners. The most important component to my Italian family dinners is my sauce.
I start my sauce by putting some olive oil in the bottom of the pot and sauteing some fresh garlic. I then add some veal, beef cubes and pork spare ribs that I have seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.I let it brown on all sides before I add in three cans of crushed Italian tomatoes and two cans of tomato sauce. I add some parsley and some Italian seasoning mix (oregano, basil, rosemary). I let this simmer for about four hours. I taste it after a couple of hours to see if it needs any sugar because the tomatoes might be a little bitter. If needed, I add one-two tablespoons to my sauce and let it cook for the remaining two hours.
Usually, I make my sauce the night before the dinner. I have to follow each of these steps in order for my sauce to turn out the way my family likes it.I believe my sauce is the real reason my family loves when we have these special family dinners. The next thing I do is prepare the rest of the dinner ahead of time (eggplant, briciole, lasagna). I start off with the eggplant, I peel my eggplant and cut into ? ” thin slices and dredge them in flour then egg and finally in flour again.
I deep fry them till they are golden brown and let them drain on paper bags. When cooled I put them in Ziploc bags and store in the refrigerator. I make the briciole next. I use thin sliced flank steak, put on salt and pepper and garlic powder.
I chop up garlic, parsley and raisins and pour it on the flank steak spreading it out over all of the steak then add grated cheese. I roll the entire steak up into a log and either tie up the roll or pin the ends with toothpicks. I bake it in the oven on 350 till brown. After they have cooled I store them in Ziploc bags as well in the refrigerator. Lastly, I make the lasagna I put some of my sauce in the bottom of my baking pan then lasagna noodles then ricotta, mozzarella, grating cheese and sauce.
I repeat the process till completed I cover the pan with foil and store in the refrigerator.I do all this the day before so that the day of cooking I can spend with my family instead of being in the kitchen. Finally, on family dinner day I start cooking everything. Since I did the majority of the preparation the day before it’s just the matter of pulling everything together to cook. I cook the lasagna first at 350 till a butter knife when inserted in the center comes out hot. When it’s done I let it rest for about an hour so that when you cut into it the cheese doesn’t go everywhere. Meanwhile I cut the briciole into ? ” inch rings and place on a serving plate add some of the sauce and cheese to the top and set aside.I then take my eggplant and place it in a baking dish (pie dish) adding some sauce and cheese on top.
I usually make two layers of eggplant per dish. While the lasagna is resting I bake the eggplant in the oven on 350 until hot. At the same time I microwave the briciole until heated. While everything is finishing heating up I set the table and take a moment to reflect on everything I made for dinner. While my family and I are enjoying everything I prepared, I have to think about what my mother and grandmother always told me about cooking for your family. Nothing shows how much you love your family than making a big Italian meal and having meaningful conversation with your loved ones. ” And that’s what I do every time when I make my sauce and use it on their favorite Italian foods (lasagna, briciole, and eggplant).
My friends always ask why I get everything done ahead of time and I say so I can spend as much time with my family as possible. My family means everything to me and cooking an Italian family dinner for them is just one way that I show them how much I love them.