“Italian Stuffed Mushrooms”
48 oz large white button mushrooms
2 cups of plain dried bread crumbs
1/3 cup of Pecorino Romano grated cheese
3 teaspoons of minced garlic fresh or jar
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped Italian parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup of olive or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350° F. Clean mushrooms and take the stem off. Do not soak in water. Mix the bread crumbs with the parsley, garlic, Pecorino Romano, salt and peeper in a small bowl. Now add some oil (about 2 tablespoons) and mix with hands. If you need more oil put in small amount each time until you are mixing the right consistency. When it feels like a sandy consistency then you are ready to stuff the mushroom caps and place on a large cookie/pan sheet. Now, drizzle a small amount of the remaining oil over the top of each mushroom. (This is so they do not dry out, but do not soak) Bake until mushrooms are browned and tender about 25-30 minutes.
Yields: 30 meatballs-(10 meatballs per pound)
3 lbs of beef chuck chopped meat
1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
2 cups of bread crumbs (if too stiff add a sprinkle of water)
3/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
3 fistfuls of fresh parsley-chopped
Vegetable oil or Canola oil
Place oil about 1/4 to 1/2 inches in frying pan. Heat oil before placing the meatballs in pan. Put the beef chuck in a med-sized bowl and add all ingredients except the oil. Gently combine the meat using your hands until evenly mixed. The mixture should be slightly wet and workable, not too sticky. Using your hands, gently shape meat into balls. Don’t worry if they are not perfectly round, but try to make them all uniform for even cooking. Don’t roll them over and over, be gentle.
Add the meatballs to the pan and fry them until they are brown on one side then turn. Keep turning with tongs until they are completely and evenly browned. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a paper towel to drain. Now it is time to place your meatballs into your sauce to cook for a while and then serve with pasta of your choice.
Tip: In place of bread crumbs, take chunks of stale Italian bread and soak in a bowl with milk. As it softens remove crust and squeeze milk out of bread chunks. Separate into small pieces and add to chopped meat mixture.
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Hi, friends and followers, as you know, I am a super fan and close personal friend of Micheal Castaldo. Micheal is an Award-winning songwriter/producer, recording artist, Composer, Italian Cultural Ambassador, and Entrepreneur. I have the pleasure of posting an official Press Release that was sent out to announce that Micheal Castaldo won First Place as TOP ARTIST on Artistsignal.com for the month of March. Congratulations to you Micheal! Thank you everyone. Dottie :)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2014
Micheal Castaldo announces First Place Win as TOP ARTIST on Artistsignal.com
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Michéal CASTALDO, the award winning, independent classical crossover artist won Top Artist for March 2014 on the pop-culture music website, ArtistSignal.com, just after midnight on April 1, 2014. The monthly winner is awarded a prize of $10,000 USD to be used to further their music careers. After a month of hard work by Michéal Castaldo’s fans, family and friends, their efforts paid off.
The site, ArtistSignal.com, was created by several tech savvy entrepreneurs and launched to allow artists a location to promote their music. Unlike crowd funding, the site allows emerging artists to post their music and create a fan following, based on Facebook contacts, who then vote hourly for the artist of their choice. The Fan wins rewards and is constantly engaged in the artists’ progress. Over the course of 3 months, indie artist Michéal Castaldo, researched the social media music network, uploaded his music, posted updates, invited fans to sign up, started to use the site to vote, met other wonderful artists and developed mutually beneficial alliances.
During Michéal’s 3 months of interaction with the site, he was able to rally fans to move him to the number 1 position in March. It was not an easy month, wrought with much trial and error, but due to the diligence of his amazing team, fans, careful calculation and research by previous winners Joe Gande (Oct. 2013) and Rebecca Newman (Feb. 2014), the Castaldo fan base was able to vote Micheal through to a win as TOP ARTIST.
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