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Foreigners’ Club Wedding Venue

Foreigners’ Club – Circolo dei Forestieri
Via Luigi De Maio, 35 80067 Sorrento (Naples)
Phone: 081.877.32.63 | Fax: 081.877.30.12
E-mail: info@circolodeiforestieri.com
Website: www.circolodeiforestieri.com

Recipes: Italian LasagnaItalian Lasagna

Ingredients
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 16oz pkg Italian Ground Sausage
1 med onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 24oz jar marinara sauce
4 cups ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed and chopped
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp dried oregano

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain, lightly oil and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan, saute the sausage, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink. Add onion and garlic and continue sauteing for another 4 minutes until the sausage is cooked through.
Add marinara sauce to the sausage mixture and set aside. In a medium bowl, blend ricotta cheese, egg, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese and the chopped spinach; set aside.
Coat a 9×13″ baking dish with olive oil and spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture on the bottom.
Top with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread 1/4 of the ricotta cheese mixture on the noodles and layer on 1 cup of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over this. Repeat this process three more times starting with the noodles and finish with the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with oregano.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Fried and Stuffed Rice Balls
Recipes: Fried and Stuffed Rice BallsIngredients

Breading:
1 cup Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
Filling:
2 cups cooked and cooled risotto or short-grain rice, recipe follows
1/2 cup Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
2 eggs, at room temperature, beaten
4 ounces Gorgonzola, at room temperature, cut into 16 (1/2-inch) cubes
Vegetable oil, for frying
Directions
Breading: Put the bread crumbs in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Filling: In a medium bowl, combine the risotto, bread crumbs, Parmesan, basil, and eggs. With damp hands, using about 2 tablespoons of the risotto mixture, form the mixture into 1 3/4-inch diameter balls. Make a hole in the center of each ball and insert a cube of Gorgonzola. Cover up the hole to completely enclose the cheese. Roll the balls in the breading to coat.
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour in enough oil to fill the pan about 1/3 of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 350 degrees F. (If you dont have a thermometer, a cube of bread will brown in about 2 minutes.) In batches, fry the rice balls, turning occasionally, until golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Basic Risotto:
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and keep the broth hot.
In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Add the wine and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup hot broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next. Cook the rice until tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
Yield: 2 cups

Recipes: Roast Baby LambRoast Baby Lamb

Ingredients
5 pound baby lamb shoulder with bone, cut in 2-inch cubes
2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups beef stock

Preparation
In a large bowl, toss all ingredients except the beef stock until well blended. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours, tossing occasionally.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Transfer the contents of the refrigerated bowl to a roasting pan large enough to accommodate a single layer of vegetables covered by a single layer of meat. Add the stock and roast, basting and turning the lamb frequently, until the meat is very tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Remove the lamb from the pan and set it aside. Skim and discard as much fat as possible from the pan liquids. Place the pan over high heat and boil until the liquid reduces to about 1 1/4 cups. Transfer the meat to a smaller roasting pan and strain the reduced sauce over it. Place the meat in the oven and roast, turning the meat every 10 minutes, until extremely tender, brown and caramelized, about 30-40 minutes.
Strain the juices from the pan and, if necessary, reduce further over moderately high heat; there should be 1/2 cup of finishing sauce. Transfer the lamb to a serving platter and spoon the sauce over it.

Hunter’s Style Chicken with rosemary

Recipes: Hunter's Style Chicken with rosemary

Recipes: Hunter's Style Chicken with rosemary

serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
4 pound chicken, cut in 8 or 10 pieces
1½ teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt, or to taste
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, with lots of needled
½ teaspoon hot chilli, or to taste
4 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, crushed by hand.

Preparation
Rinse the chicken and pat the pieces dry. Season all over with 1 teaspoon salt.
Pour the olive oil in the big pan and set over medium-high heat. Lay chicken pieces in the pan, skin side down, to brown for 2-3 minutes. Turn them over and brown another 2-3 minutes. Scatter the sliced garlic into the hot fat, in between the chicken pieces, drop in the rosemary stems, and sprinkle the hot pepper over.
Keep turning the chicken pieces until they’re nicely browned all over, 10 minutes or so, then pour in the tomatoes. Slosh the tomato can with a cup of water and pour that in too. Sprinkle over another 1/2 teaspoon salt, raise the heat and turn and stir the chicken in the tomato juices as they come to a boil.
Cover the pan, leaving a crack open, adjust the heat to maintain a steady bubbling in the pan and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning the chicken. Remove the cover and cook another 20 minutes or more until the chicken is tender and cooked through and the tomato sauce is slightly reduced but still loose.

Serve right away or let the chicken cool in the sauce to reheat later.