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Stuffed Flank Steak

In this video, we made an amazing stuffed flank steak with gravy. We may need to put this on the list of recipes for the Jump for the Rose dinner this year!

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Stuffed Flank Steak

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Ingredients

    • 1 package Flank Steak
    • 1 large onion (chopped)
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb seasonings
    • Dan Pastorini Texas Style Rub
    • Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasoning
    • 1/4 cup garlic
    • 1 package mushrooms
    • Olive Oil
    • 2-3 tablespoons of butter (Nonna likes goat butter)
    • rosemary
    • basil
    • parsley
    • 4 ounces goat cheese
    • Special Shit (seriously that is what it is named)
    • Goya Adobo all purpose seasonings
    • 1 baking bag
    • 2 tablespoons cup flour
    • 3-4 precooked bacon strips (optional)
    • toothpicks

Directions

  1. Place butter, garlic and onion in a pan and sauté over a medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, rosemary, basil, parsley, and seasonings (Nonna added DP Garlic & Herb, Goya Adobo, Special Shit, and Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt).
  3. When onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft remove from heat, place in a mixing bowl, and let cool. (See Note 1)
  4. When cool add chopped bacon and goat cheese. Mix.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons to the baking bag and shake.
  6. Cut flank steaks into rollable pieces and pound with a tenderizer to thin and tenderize the meat.
  7. Lay out the meat and put some of the mushroom mix in the center. Roll the meat. Hold in place using toothpicks. Ideally you will roll the meat and place the mushroom mix such that the mix is in-between each layer of meat. This is called a pinwheel.
  8. Place the rolls in the baking bag and the bag into a baking pan. Close up the bag and poke a few holes in it.
  9. Place in oven at 375° F for 30 mins.
  10. Check the meat with a thermometer. It is rare at 140°F.
  11. Take the juices from the bag and make a gravy. Add a little flour or water as needed (but not a lot)

Note 1: At this point, the mushroom mix is ready to go. You can cook the flank steak anyway you want and simply put the mix over the steak if you like!. Also, you can add the goat cheese and bacon or not! Your choice!

Note 2: As always, Nonna used her favorite seasonings, but you can use any you like. As she says “Recipes are just good suggestions.”

Ketolicious Creamy Tuscan Shrimp: Nonna Style

Check out this out! It looks absolutely delicious and Nonna even measured some stuff!

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Shrimp Tuscan

Ingredients

    • 2 pounds raw peeled Shrimp
    • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
    • 4 tbsp Butter
    • 2ish cups Romano Cheese
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • 1 large bag/package Spinach Leafs
    • 1/2 cup minced Garlic
    • Lemon Balm (See Note 1)
    • Rosemary
    • Basil
    • 1.5 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)

Directions

    1. Put butter and olive oil in a big pot and sautée shrimp. Only until they are pink on both sides. Do not cook them for long or they will over cook. They do not need to be cooked through at this point. You can add some salt if you choose.
    2. Remove the shrimp when they are pink.
    3. In the same large pot, add herbs (lemon balm, rosemary, & basil), minced garlic, mushrooms, and sautée for 2ish mins.
    4. Add 2 cups cheery tomatoes and stir briefly.
    5. Add spinach leaves (don’t worry if they take up the whole pot, they will cook down). Let them cook down (3-4ish mins).
    6. Add 1.5 cups of heavy whipping cream and mix.
    7. Add 1-1.5 cups shredded or grated GOOD Romano cheese and mix.
    8. Turn heat to low and let simmer (4-5 mins). Stir occasionally. Don’t let it burn on the bottom.
    9. Taste test. Add more garlic salt or other seasoning as you see fit.
    10. Add the shrimp. Let simmer for 4-5 mins. Stir occasionally.
    11. If the sauce isn’t think enough you can add more cheese (1/2-1 cups).
    12. After 4-5 mins make sure the shrimp is cooked through. If it is dinner is ready. If it is not just let it simmer a few more minutes!

Note 1: Nonna didn’t measure the herbs. Start with a tbsp of each and add more if you see fit.

Note 2: Nonna modified her recipe from http://www.GIMMEDELICIOUS.com. Feel free to check that recipe out!

Instant Pot: Frozen Chicken

Nonna made her little sister’s (Aunt Kristi) frozen chicken instant pot recipe. Aunt Kristi swears by the pressure cooker and loves this recipe as a quick and easy way to feed her large family when SOMEONE forgets to pull dinner out of the freezer as they all run out the door on their way to school or work in the morning!

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Ingredients

    • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
    • 1 medium to large or 2 small frozen Whole Chickens
    • Olive Oil
    • 1 Onion, large chopped
    • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings
    • Special Shit Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • Olive Oil

Directions

    1. Mix seasonings (DP Garlic and Herb Seasonings, Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings, Special Shit Seasonings, and Jacobsen Garlic salt) in a large shallow bowl or plate. (See Note 1)
    2. Rub the frozen chicken with olive oil. Make sure the oil is rubbed all over the chicken.
    3. Roll or rub the seasonings all over the chicken.
    4. Put the rack in the Instant Pot.
    5. Pour in the 4 cups of chicken broth into the Instant Pot.
    6. Add the onion and garlic to the pot.
    7. Place the chicken(s) on the rack and into the pot.
    8. Select “Meat Stew” button (or appropriate meat button – see instructions for your multi-cooker) for 40 minutes.
    9. Manually depressurize the pot when the timer is complete.
    10. Check the chicken to make sure it is cooked through. If it is not, place the chicken with some of the broth (from the pot) in the oven. Set oven to 400°. Cook for 10-20 minutes (check at 10 min intervals to prevent over cooking the chicken). (See Notes 2 & 3)

Note 1: Nonna has her favorite spices, but you can spice the chicken in any number of ways. Here are some spices you might like to try: lemon pepper, black and white pepper, paprika, chili powder.

Note 2: Times appear to vary depending on the size and type of multi-cooker being used (Chefman vs Fagor brands, for example). Read the time recommendations for your brand of multi-cooker. If the chicken is slightly undercooked, putting it in the oven as Nonna did is a very good way to make the skin crispy and finish cooking the chicken in a quick and easy manner.

Note 3:If the chicken is cooked, you still might want to put the chicken in the oven at 400° for 5-10 mins to make the skin crispy!

Amazing Stuffed Shells

Nonna made stuffed shells for the Nurses at HCA in Pearland, Texas who saved her life (not corona virus related). The women and men who cared for Nonna were exceptional during one of the most trying times in this country. The entire family extends our thanks and appreciation to their hard work!

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Ingredients

    • 24-48 ounces Spaghetti Sauce or Marinara Sauce (See Note 1)
    • 1 box Barilla Jumbo Shells Pasta (12 ounces)
    • 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
    • 1 tbsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tbsp Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • 1 tbsp oregano (freshly chopped is best)
    • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (See Note 2)
    • 1/2 cup Romano Cheese (See Note 2)
    • Galbani Ricotta Cheese (32 ounces) (See Note 2)
    • 2 Eggs (or 1/5ish Emu egg (LOL) – See Nonna’s Emu egg recipes)

Directions

    1. Boil shells for 10 mins (or according to the box directions). Shells should be Al Dente or, really, even firmer than that. If you like your pasta Al Dente when you eat, don’t over boil the pasta. Remember the pasta is going to spend 30ish mins in the oven.
    2. Mix all 3 cheeses, both eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, and parsley in a mixing bowl.
    3. Put a layer of sauce into the bottom of a baking pan.
    4. Scoop the cheese mix into the softened shells and place them in a baking pan. Let the shells cool before touching them. 1 layer only.
    5. Put a layer of sauce over the stuffed shells. See Note 3)
    6. Place in oven at 400° F for 30ish mins. Check at 20 mins. The sauce should be boiling or browning slightly. Mostly you just want everything hot throughout the pan.
    7. Pull the pan from the oven when it is done and add a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
    8. Place back in the oven for 5 mins (just so that the cheese on top melts).


Note 1: Nonna always makes her own spaghetti or marinara sauce. As the sauce requires several hours of simmering, Nonna will sometimes make it a day or two earlier to save time when she is actually preparing the full meal. You can access the spaghetti sauce recipe and video by using the search function.

Note 2: When making a meal like this, use the best cheese. Order online from or visit a specialty cheese shop. Delicious Italian food starts with the sauce and continues with the cheese selections!

Note 3: If you like extra sauce you can heat some up and serve it on the side or make thicker layers of sauce in the baking pan.

Baked Whole Alligator

This is Nonna’s craziest recipe yet! She made a unique injection butter sauce and olive oil marinade then baked the whole alligator.  If you want to surprise your party guests with an absolutely unique and delicious meal, this is the recipe for you! This pairs well with Nonna’s Strawberry Moonshine.

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Visit Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Products to purchase Nonna’s new favorite cajun seasoning! Visit Cajun Grocer to purchase a whole alligator.

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