09/07/11 Fried Egg and Sausage Pizzas

"Pigliar due piccioni con una fava." (Get two pigeons with one fava bean. Kill two birds with one stone.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Angela's Organic Oregano Farm!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fried Egg and Sausage Pizzas
  -Fresh Salmon Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
  -Sausage, Red Onion, and Wild Mushroom Pizza

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 Recipe: Fried Egg and Sausage Pizzas

Fried Egg and Sausage Pizzas
Pizza con Uova Fritte e Salsiccia


1 loaf ciabatta bread (about 1 pound)
1 cup chopped green onions
8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
8 ounces sliced hot pepper cheese (Monterey Jack)
1 pound spicy or sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
8 large eggs


Preheat oven to 450F.

Cut bread horizontally in half.

Place bread halves, cut side up, on separate baking sheets.

Mix onions and 6 tablespoons olive oil in small bowl.

Season with salt and pepper.

Reserve 2 tablespoons onion oil and spread remaining onion oil over bread.

Top with cheese.

Saute Italian sausages in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up with spoon, about 7 minutes.

Divide sausage among bread halves.

Bake pizzas until cheese melts and bread begins to crisp, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in each of 2 large skillets over medium-high heat.

Crack 4 eggs into each skillet.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and let eggs stand in skillets while pizzas bake.

Arrange 4 eggs atop each pizza.

Spoon reserved onion oil over eggs.

Cut each pizza between eggs into 4 pieces. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fresh Salmon Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Fresh Salmon Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
Insalata di Salmone Fresco con Ceci e Pomodori


6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
Six (5 to 6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 2 pounds)
2 cups chickpeas from two (15-ounce) cans, drained, rinsed
1 and 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup (scant) small black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt-packed capers, rinsed, or drained capers in brine
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, torn if large


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in each of 2 heavy large skillets.

Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.

Add 3 fillets to each skillet and cook until almost cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Cool slightly.

Heat remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chickpeas and all remaining ingredients except basil.

Stir until warm.

Season with salt and pepper.

Divide chickpea mixture among 6 plates.

Tear salmon into 1 to 1 and 1/2-inch pieces; scatter over chickpeas.

Garnish with basil leaves and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sausage, Red Onion, and Wild Mushroom Pizza

Sausage, Red Onion, and Wild Mushroom Pizza
Pizza con Salsiccia, Cipolla Rossa, e Funghi Selvaggi


One 16-ounce ball purchased fresh pizza dough
2/3 cup finely grated Piave or Parmigiano cheese
2 and 1/4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Coarse kosher salt

1 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 and 1/2 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
7 ounces fresh wild mushrooms (such as stemmed shiitake, oyster, and chanterelle), thickly sliced
1 and 3/4 cups coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese (about 7 ounces), divided

Chopped fresh parsley (optional)


Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 450F.

Lightly flour 2 baking sheets.

Place dough on work surface; let stand until room temperature, about 20 minutes.

Divide dough in half.

Press and stretch each piece out on lightly floured surface to 5-inch round.

Sprinkle each with 1/3 cup Piave cheese, 3/4 teaspoon rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper; sprinkle with coarse salt.

Roll each piece of dough out to 10-inch round, pressing in seasonings.

Transfer dough rounds to prepared baking sheets.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add sausage.

Saute until brown, breaking into 1/2-inch pieces with back of spoon, about 5 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to bowl.

Add onion to skillet.

Saute until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes; transfer to plate.

Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to skillet.

Add mushrooms and remaining 3/4 teaspoon rosemary; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Saute until brown, about 5 minutes.

Leaving 1/2-inch plain border, top each dough round with 3/4 cup mozzarella, then onion, sausage, and mushrooms.

Bake until crust bottoms are crisp and brown, reversing sheets after 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total.

Using large spatula, transfer pizzas to work surface.

Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons mozzarella, then parsley, if desired. Makes 2 pizzas.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure, a sample of today's edition:

Berlusconi Inspires An Angry Bunga-Bunga App

Rome - June 17, 2011 - Silvio Berlusconi's notorious bunga bunga parties are the inspiration for a new Angry Birds style game.

Angry Bunga features a cartoon version of the Italian PM throwing money at a beautiful girl in a cage.

In the application, available for iPhone, iPad and Android, he also walks along the Bay of Naples throwing bananas and tomatoes at a judge.

If Berlusconi hits a magistrate, he disappears, but if he hits the girl, she strips off and throws him a kiss.

The game was developed by the Italian Appymob agency and has been available since the start of the week.

Silvio, bunga, unga, asbestos hair plugs..."ma, che vita." You have no idea how really tired we're getting of this; our lives and future hang in the hands of a public employee who is depriving a village somewhere of a clown.

Quite frankly, the app doesn't sound entertaining. No creativity, no imagination, no surprises. Why do we always have to give suggestions to everyone out there?

How about a "Beat the Arrogant Italian Clown" app? A cartoon version of Berlusconi receiving a beating, clown style, every time he makes a blunder (feel free to credit us with the idea):

- November 2010: "As always, I work without interruption and if occasionally I happen to look a beautiful girl in the face, it's better to like beautiful girls than to be gay."
App feature:
Have gays strangle him with his string of tied handkerchiefs while messing up his clown make up.

- October 2010: A video emerges of Berlusconi describing a fictional Jewish family agreeing to hide another Jew during the Holocaust, on condition that he pays 3,000 euros a day. He describes a member of the family asking another: "Do you think we should tell him that Hitler is dead and the war is over?"
App feature:
Have Jews pop his big red nose and spray him with seltzer until he drowns.

- April 2009: Berlusconi yells out "Mr Obama!" after an official photo call in London's Buckingham Palace during a meeting of G20 leaders. Queen Elizabeth asks: "Why does he have to shout?"
App feature:
Have the Queen shove his big shoes down his throat and choke him.

- April 2009: During a visit to survivors of an earthquake in the central Abruzzo region, who were staying in emergency tents, Berlusconi says: "They should see it like a weekend of camping."
App feature:
Have the survivors suffocate him in his little clown car.

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