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echris

@pullstart got me reading this thread again and it's making me hungry. :D


One of my Nona's depression era 3 ingredient Italian meals.


"Rabi's and Roni's."

INGREDIENTS
1 bunch of broccoli-rabe, chopped into ~1" chunks, stems and all.
1 box ziti, rigatoni, don't really care.
Every clove of garlic in your house, sliced thin. 6-8 big cloves is the starter recipe.
Olive oil
Salt
Fresh pecorino Romano
(Actually it's really only 1 ingredient. Any self-respecting Italian household always has everything else on hand except for maybe Broccoli-rabe. Ha!)


 
DO IT LIKE THIS
In a large pot, bring water to a boil with salt and olive oil.
Add pasta, stir then add broccoli-rabe, stir.
Cook. Stirring occasionally until pasta is al-dente.

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Strain pasta/broccoli-rabe and set aside.
Return large pot to stove, add ~3tbs of olive oil and garlic.
Stir garlic until is gently browned and remove from heat.

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Return pasta/broccoli-rabe to large pot and stir evenly to coat.
Serve with fresh grated pecorino Romano and bread.
 
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If you like garlic, this might be the best non-meat pasta dish you ever eat.

You could also throw some browned sausage chunks in there too. Nona would approve. B)


 
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pullstart
5 minutes ago, echris said:

@pullstart got me reading this thread again and it's making me hungry. :D


One of my Nona's depression era 3 ingredient Italian meals.


"Rabi's and Roni's."

INGREDIENTS
1 bunch of broccoli-rabe, chopped into ~1" chunks, stems and all.
1 box ziti, rigatoni, don't really care.
Every clove of garlic in your house, sliced thin. 6-8 big cloves is the starter recipe.
Olive oil
Salt
Fresh pecorino Romano
(Actually it's really only 1 ingredient. Any self-respecting Italian household always has everything else on hand except for maybe Broccoli-rabe. Ha!)


 
DO IT LIKE THIS
In a large pot, bring water to a boil with salt and olive oil.
Add pasta, stir then add broccoli-rabe, stir.
Cook. Stirring occasionally until pasta is al-dente.

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Strain pasta/broccoli-rabe and set aside.
Return large pot to stove, add ~3tbs of olive oil and garlic.
Stir garlic until is gently browned and remove from heat.

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Return pasta/broccoli-rabe to large pot and stir evenly to coat.
Serve with fresh grated pecorino Romano and bread.
 
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If you like garlic, this might be the best non-meat pasta dish you ever eat.

You could also throw some browned sausage chunks in there too. Nona would approve. B)


 


yep, surely looks like depression savings, don’t waste a bit of broccoli and DELICIOUS!  Everything’s better with some pig in it!

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echris
On 11/13/2020 at 8:02 PM, pullstart said:


yep, surely looks like depression savings, don’t waste a bit of broccoli and DELICIOUS!  Everything’s better with some pig in it!

One of her other ones is "Meatless meatballs"

Imagine? Dirt poor during the depression, Italians, who don't take kindly to shitty food...

No meat, but we need meatballs!

Nona's solution:

Stale Italian bread (don't waste anything!), soak in water.
Squeeze out excess water
Add to bowl with parsley, garlic, romano cheese, salt, etc, etc.

Squish it all together to mix.
Squeeze into balls.
Throw your balls into the giant tomato sauce pot and cook all day long.
(If you have any other pieces of meat that aren't completely spoiled, throw them in the pot too)

They're like....the best stuffing you ever had, infused with home-made tomato sauce. Yeah, that good.

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pullstart

I love Nona, for teaching you to eat good food!  :D

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echris
10 minutes ago, pullstart said:

I love Nona, for teaching you to eat good food!  :D


She would spend all day making "Hats"... home-made cavatelli.
She'd have these 3 foot long rolls of 1/2" diameter dough, slice off a chunk and roll it over her thumb.
They looked like little derby hats.


I'm not a violent person, but I might be willing to commit unspeakable acts to get a bowl of Nona's Hats.

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jabelman

That italian depression era food my grandmother made all the time, she called it peasant food.  She was an amazing cook and never wrote or used recipes.  You learned by watching.  Which is how I learned to cook.  

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pullstart
On 11/13/2020 at 12:51 PM, pullstart said:

We are having an early Thanksgiving dinner with my brother’s family and our mother tomorrow.  I did up a sweet dry rub, the I’ll smoke the pig butt tomorrow.

 

1 cup dark brown sugar

 

2 tsp pumpkin spice

 

1/2 tsp mustard powder

 

1/3-ish tsp onion powder

 

dash of sea salt

 

fresh ground black pepper too

 

I tossed the pig back in the bag and wrapped it up.  I’ll cook it starting in the AM!

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I put the pig on this morning, poured the leftover brine / juices over around noon, now it’s done!  I piled the charcoal snake a bit bigger than usual, it was just about perfect!

 

 

 

 

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