As much as the blog's
inception was started by a challenge and one Mr. O'Loughlin standing on the rocks, my inspiration my love for cooking began with one very special lady so it is to her I thank from the bottom of my heart.
As many of us say TGIF and I think we may add Danno to the list, or can we? Let's face it he rose to the occasion this week and there is no better way to end it than with a Five-0 celebration (cause we all know we need to celebrate). This just can't be any old Happy Hour for a Friday with beer and chips boys, HELL NO! No one here will stand for that.
So how do you end up winding down Italian week, in paradise, this means we need a Luau! Oh yes! Alright, a party, I may be scaring you guys a little, well maybe Steve more than Danny. Did I mention a party in paradise, when you look at that scenery nothing else really has to matter. That said lets get ready to party... Come on Danny you were amazing all week show
Okay guys we will need to start the party off easy, how about a signature cocktail? This one is cool it's called an Italian Surfer With a Attitude. This should liven the party up a bit..
3/4 cup well-drained canned cannellini beans
1/4 cup seeded and diced cucumber
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green (spring) onion
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
Freshly ground pepper
For the Bruschetta:
8 slices country-style white or whole-wheat bread (each 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick)
1 large clove garlic, cut in half
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- In a bowl, combine all the topping ingredients, including pepper to taste. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours or for up to 2 days to allow the flavors to blend.
- Preheat a broiler or prepare a fire in a charcoal grill. Arrange the bread slices on a rack on a broiler pan or on a grill rack and broil or grill for 2 minutes. Turn the bread slices over and continue to cook until golden, 1-2 minutes longer.
- Remove from the heat, rub a cut side of the garlic clove over one side of each warm bread slice and then brush with 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil.
- Mound an equal amount of the topping on the garlic-rubbed side of each bread slice. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.
- On a plate, arrange the slices of tomato and mozzarella, alternating one after the other and fanning out.
- Tear the fresh basil over the salad, salt and drizzle with the best extra-virgin olive oil available.
- Wrap strips of prosciutto around mango pieces and strawberries.
- Secure with toothpicks.
- Drain pineapple slices and blend syrup with rest of ingredients.
- Roast in 325 degree oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Brush pork with marinade every 10 minutes and last 1/2 hour of cooking.
- Heat remaining marinade and serve with roast.