I have had my pizzelle maker for years and today was the first time I decided to try it out and so glad I did!!
I knew the kids have been wanting ice cream. And since it was a warm spring day I decided I wanted to make these delicate waffle cookies and see if I could make them into ice cream cones.
HOWEVER, I guess if you don’t have a cone roller it isn’t that simple — so I improvised instead, LOL!
Nevertheless, while the pizzelles are still hot you can form them into dessert cups, cannoli shapes, or cones and fill them with anything you want.
And depending on the ingredients and method of preparation the cookies can be crispy or soft and chewy.
Last night I made Stromboli for dinner. Is a type of turnover filled with various cheeses, typically mozzarella, Italian meats and / or vegetables. The dough traditionally used is Italian bread dough or pizza dough that is rolled into a cylindrical shape and then baked. For mine, the dough was a little sticky and I didn’t get that perfect cylindrical shape. Nevertheless, it came out really tasty.
Homemade Pizza Dough ( I used Hodgson mill gluten free pizza crust mix )
Mozzarella Cheese, grated
6 slices Provolone Cheese
8 Ham slices
1/2 cup Turkey Italian Sausage, crumbled
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
4 ounce can of mushrooms
Preheat your oven to 450º F .
On a lightly floured sandstone used roll the dough out to a large rectangle.
Sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese over 3/4 of the pizza dough leaving borders on all sides of the dough.
Layer your Provolone Cheese, Ham, Sausage and Mushrooms, then top with the shredded Mozzarella Cheese.
Fold over the sides then roll the dough 1/3 of the way. Grab the other side of the parchment and fold it over the rest of the way. Position the Stromboli seam-side down.
Brush the entire roll with olive oil and make diagonal slits for venting. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove and allow the stromboli to cool for 5 minutes before slicing 1 to 2 inch strips.
Serve with pizza sauce for dunking.
I don’t normally buy sauce in a jar just because I can make it better and it is more affordable if it is homemade as well.
Add a caesar salad to go with your pasta and you have an awesome dinner!
Italian Sausage, Garlic and Basil Pasta Gravy
30 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
8 oz mushrooms
1 lb Italian sausage, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp dried basil
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
Heat a deep skillet or medium heavy bottomed sauce pot over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon, 1 turn of the pan, extra-virgin olive oil to pan or pot. Brown sausages 2 minutes on each side, transfer to cutting board. Slice. Add back to pot with garlic, mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil and salt. Bring sauce to a bubble, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer sauce until ready to serve over your favorite pasta.
I was craving what all I can say is Chicken Parmigiana, but of course I can’t have chicken and well I was all out of parmesan cheese. Regardless of my predicament I decided I was going to make something similar. I was defrosting a pork shoulder roast, sliced it up into 7 steaks and began the process of making a Gluten Free Pork Mozzarella. My Italian grandmother (rest in peace) would be proud of my off the cuff Italian dinner tonight.