Saturday, March 20, 2010

Will They Eat This? Vol. 9


In honor of St. Joseph's Feast Day on 19 March, this week's edition contains the offerings of our St. Joseph's Table.

I made a Pepperoni Calzone topped with my Pan Sauce and a Quick and Easy Cassata Cake. These are two delicious Italian treats that can't help but please. Well, it pleases some in this family.

The tradition of the St. Joseph Table began in Sicily after the farmers suffered a famine. They prayed to St. Joseph to relieve them of the famine and to send rain upon their crops. The rains came and after the harvest, they prepared a table with an offering and prayer of thanksgiving to their patron, St. Joseph, for his intercession. When they finished praying they distributed their assortment of food to the poor as another way to honor of St. Joseph.

The table has grown to be a tradition no longer isolated to Sicilian families, but to all who want to honor dear St. Joseph. Often friends are invited to join in the celebration and the tables can become quite ornate and elaborate. Our table is a simple offering of our Italian inspired meal. I made three more Calzones, but chose not to place them all on the table.

Calzone

1 pkg. of pizza dough -- I used the fresh dough balls that you can purchase in the deli section.

On a greased pizza pan, roll out dough into a rectangle. (This recipe makes 1 Calzone)

Filling:

1/2 lb of ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Place filling on the lower 2/3 of the rectangle -- leaving enough dough to fold over the top of the filling and enough dough below the filling to be able to join the top and bottom pieces of dough to seal the Calzone. Put the mozzarella cheese on the filling and then top that with your favorite topping -- pepperoni, mushrooms, broccoli, etc.; Fold the dough over the filling and twist the bottom dough over the top from one corner to the other as if you were turning a knob -- It should almost look braided when you are done; cut two small air vents in the top of the calzone to release steam during baking.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 min.; until the top is golden brown and the juices from the center start to bubble out the air vents; remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. The filling will be very hot!

Use my Kathy's Pan Sauce recipe to pour over the individual portions of calzone. (Will They Eat This? Vol 6)

For dessert I made a Quick and Easy Cassata Cake. This is typically made with sponge cake and dowsed with large amounts of Rum. First of all, I like to enjoy the taste of what I eat and sponge cake with rum is not one of those taste sensations I enjoy. So, I do what any dessert loving woman would do, I change the recipe!


Kathy's Version of Italian Cassata Cake

1 box Betty Crocker Pound Cake -- follow box directions, but add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar & change the liquid amounts to 1/3 coffee liqueur and 1/3 water. Bake in a buttered and floured 8" round baking pan according to package directions. Allow to cool and then slice to create a top and bottom portions.

filling:

1/2 lb ricotta cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips


Mix together in a small bowl; before spreading mixture over the cake, take a couple of teaspoons of liqueur and sprinkle over the bottom layer, then spread the mixture over the bottom of the cake, place the top on and prepare to frost.

1 can of Betty Crocker whipped butter cream frosting
1 pkg slice almonds

Frost the cake and then take handfuls of almonds and lay them against the sides of the cake and put a ring of almonds around the top of the cake.

STATS:

6 out of 6 children ate the Calzone. Who wouldn't, it's delicious!
4 out of 6 children at the Cassata Cake -- that's why in the photo you see the store bought Italian cookies. :o) I figured that some of the kids wouldn't enjoy the coffee taste in the pound cake.

Verdict:

Lyle and I enjoyed every last morsel of Calzone and Cassata Cake. The kids really enjoyed this tradition and this meal. We will do this again and I will surely be making this cake again in the future.

Let me know what you think of this meal, I love to hear you personal stats and verdict! Come back and comment after you give it a try!


Remember: Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.
(Lk 6:21)


2 comments:

Darby said...

Looks so delish!! Love your reminder, as I am now very hungry!

Hey, do you mind posting a little info about the St. Joseph table tradition - where it originated, the Italian connection, etc.? This Irish girl needs to know! =) (No, hurry of course, whenever you have time.)

Kathy said...

Darby,

Thanks for your comment and compliment.

You can find more about the history of the St. Joseph's Table at:

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=1024