Meal Ideas 21 June 2024

Elevate Pizza Night with Premium Toppings

(Family Features) A family debate over what’s for dinner often ends with one word: pizza. Next time you land on pizza night, take it to the next level with premium ingredients everyone can agree on.

Elevating the pizza experience starts with tasty toppings that allow you to customize for everyone’s preferences, such as Carando’s Dry Sausage line. Featuring three varieties – Italian Dry Salame, Pepperoni and Genoa Salame, as well as a duo pack with Genoa Salame and Pepperoni – the line is made of all-natural ingredients that pairs effortlessly with an array of dishes.

Uncured and well-seasoned for classic Italian flavor, it allows families to elevate pizza night with options like Genoa Salame and Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza. This cheesy, flavor-packed recipe is ready in just 20 minutes without sacrificing taste, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

When the weekend rolls around and it’s time for a savory snack or in-home entertaining, put premium dry sausage at centerstage with this Tour of Italy Charcuterie Board. Ideal for serving a crowd or sharing during family movie night, this platter calls for cheeses, olives, a homemade mostarda and Carando’s high-protein sausage that’s dried and sliced to perfection. Made with select cuts of meat and a longstanding recipe, it’s a classic star ingredient for meat and cheese boards. Each 5-ounce package contains 6-10 grams of protein per serving without added MSG or artificial flavorings, ingredients or colorings.

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Genoa Salame and Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

  • 2          pizza dough balls
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 2          tablespoons anchovy filets, chopped
  • 1          cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1          pound fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1          pound fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 1          package Carando Charcuterie Duo
  • 2          tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Stretch each dough ball over separate lightly greased, 14-inch pizza pans.
  3. Drizzle 1/8 cup olive oil on top of each crust then top each with 1 tablespoon garlic and 1 tablespoon anchovies followed by 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 pound fontina cheese, 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella pearls and 1/2 package charcuterie duo.
  4. Bake pizzas about 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.
  5. Remove pizzas from oven and garnish each with 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

Tour of Italy Charcuterie Board

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3-4


  • 1/2       cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4       cup whole-grain mustard

Charcuterie Board:

  • 1          package (5 ounces) Carando Uncured Genoa Salame
  • 1          package (5 ounces) Carando Uncured Dry Salame
  • 1          package (5 ounces) Carando Uncured Pepperoni
  • 5          ounces fontina cheese
  • 5          ounces provolone piccante cheese
  • 5          ounces fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 6          ounces olives
  • 6          ounces giardiniera (pickled vegetables in oil)
  • crackers, crostini or bread, for serving
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • cherry tomatoes, for garnish
  1. To make mostarda: Mix apricot preserves and whole-grain mustard.
  2. To prepare charcuterie board: On large board or platter, arrange mostarda, genoa salame, dry salame, pepperoni, fontina cheese, provolone piccante cheese, mozzarella pearls, olives and giardiniera. Serve with crackers, crostini or bread and garnish with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes.

Source: Carando

Appetizers & Sides 26 May 2021

Add Mediterranean Flair to Your Dinner Table

(Family Features) During the past year, many people have missed the opportunity to travel and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the world, but it’s easy to explore other cultures and cuisines by experimenting in the kitchen.

If you’re looking to transport your taste buds to the shores of Spain or the beaches of Greece, one of the best places to start is with the Mediterranean Diet. Renowned chef Geoffrey Zakarian recommends these tips to help home cooks elevate their dishes and easily incorporate the popular diet into everyday cooking.

Reach for Pantry Staples. There’s no single definition of the Mediterranean Diet, but it’s high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil and seafood. By keeping your pantry stocked with canned versions of ingredients like beans and fish you can easily add them to your favorite dishes. Yellowfin Tuna Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto and Dates, and Tuna Aioli Dip with Balsamic Drizzle are flavorful ways to bring Mediterranean flair to your dinner table.

Add Seafood. Eating more seafood is one of the leading principles of the Mediterranean Diet. Tuna salad is one tried-and-true dish that can help incorporate fish into your menu. To make it more nutritious, opt for tuna that’s packed in extra-virgin olive oil, so you don’t have to add much mayo to the base. For example, Genova Premium Tuna provides a tasteful addition to recipes and is high in protein, a great source of omega-3s and has a uniquely rich and savory flavor that offers a taste of the Mediterranean in every bite.

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Tuna Aioli Dip with Balsamic Drizzle

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 6          ounces Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil
  • 1/4       cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1          dried bay leaf
  • 1          sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1⁄3       cup mayonnaise
  • 2          tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2          anchovies
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, cucumber spears, endive leaves, sliced fennel and bell pepper strips, for dipping
  1. Drain tuna, reserving 2 tablespoons oil.
  2. In small saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, bay leaf and rosemary sprig. Bring to boil and reduce until syrupy, about 1 tablespoon. Let cool slightly; discard bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
  3. In blender or food processor, process tuna and reserved oil, mayonnaise, capers, anchovies and lemon juice to make smooth dip. Transfer to flat serving bowl. Drizzle with balsamic syrup. Serve with raw vegetables.


Yellowfin Tuna Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto and Dates 

Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          cans (5 ounces each) Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil, drained
  • 1/2       cup pine nuts
  • 4          cups arugula
  • 1          garlic clove 
  • 2          tablespoons butter (optional)
  • 1          cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 2          lemons, zest only (optional)
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 8          ounces whole-wheat orecchiette 
  • 1/2       cup jarred sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1/2       cup dates, pitted and quartered 
  • 1/4       cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped 
  • 1/4       cup dill, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4       cup parsley, chopped (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. On a sheet tray, toast pine nuts 8-12 minutes, or until golden. Set aside to cool.
  3. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Prepare ice water bath by filling large bowl with cold water and ice. Stir arugula into boiling water and cook until bright green and tender, about 30 seconds. Drain arugula, immediately shock in ice water and set aside to fully drain; cover with towel. 
  4. In blender or food processor, add arugula; garlic; pine nuts; butter, if desired; Parmigiano-Reggiano; lemon zest, if desired; salt; and pepper. Puree on high, incorporating olive oil to desired thickness. 
  5. Place pesto in bowl and cover tightly to avoid discoloring.
  6. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  7. Add pasta and return to boil, stirring occasionally. Taste pasta for doneness 2 minutes earlier than package instructions. Once cooked, drain and transfer to large bowl. Do not rinse. 
  8. Add pesto gently until evenly distributed. Fold in tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, dates and olives.
  9. Divide between shallow bowls and finish with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano, dill and parsley, if desired.

Source: Genova Tuna

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