The 2004 Buon' Amici Wine Club Dinner
Intermezzo: 2003 Gino's Zin barrel sample
bell peppers (about 1/4 lb)
Roast the red peppers according to your favorite method until the skin is dark black. We did it on the BBQ outside. Let cool and remove the skin. Often placing them in a paper bag for cooling is useful. We had so many we just refrigerated them all overnight. Do not run the peppers under water! This washes away a lot of the great flavor. Remove the stem, seeds and ribs. Cut into little cubes.
Cut the mozzarella into small dice and mix with the red pepper. Add the parsley, the oil, and the garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide the salad greens among 4 plates and top with the smoked mozzarella mixture. Serve immediately.
dried Great Northern Beans
Pick over the beans, discarding any stones. Soak overnight in cool water to cover by 2". Drain and set aside.
Combine the garlic, sage, rosemary, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
Thinly slice the pork fat to make 4 pieces each about 3 x 2 1/2" in size. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the garlic mixture over the slices of fat, dividing evenly. Roll up each slice and tie with string in 2 places. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F.
Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole over medium heat. Add the rolls and sauté until they lose color and become somewhat translucent and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. It is a good idea to use a splatter guard for this. Remove the rolls and set them aside on a plate or paper towels. Add the pork shoulder to the drippings in the casserole, turning the pieces to brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and the remaining garlic mixture. Sauté, stirring, until the onion softens, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the beans, bay leaves, carrots, celery, reserved pork fat and broth to the casserole. Remove from the heat, cover tightly and place in the oven. Bake for 1 hour without removing the cover. Reduce the heat to 300 deg. F. and cook until the beans are very tender and the soup is very thick, about 2 hours more. Remove and discard the pork fat and bay leave.
Add 1/2 cup of the grated cheese to the soup and mix. Combine the rest of the grated cheese with the chives in a small bowl. Serve the soup in warmed bowls with equal amounts of the cheese/chive mixture on top of each serving.
6 to 8.
gralic, finely chopped
Put the garlic and chilies in a skillet with the oil. Saute over medium heat until the garlic begins to change color (do not burn). Add the tomatoes, capers, and olives and cook for 5 minutes.
Stir the achovy fillets into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the oil and tomato begin to seperate.
Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of slated, boiling water until al dente. (When serving a very large crowd we pre-boiled the spaghetti for 6 minutes, tossed with some oil and cooled in batches quickly on large metal trays. We reheated the spaghetti for approx 10 - 30 seconds in boiling water.) Drain and transfer to a heated serving dish. Pour the sauce over the top and toss vigorously. Serve hot.