Italian Hoagie Dip

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When it come to sandwiches, the Italian hoagie is king of the hill. Italian Hoagie Dip may dethrone the king!!

Italian Hoagie Dip

As summer approaches……OK, not here in the midwest, apparently here we need an Ark and perhaps a parka. So, maybe not a parka, but so far it has been a cool wet spring.

Italian Hoagie Dip

That does not mean that you do not need that “go to” take along food. Enter Italian Hoagie Dip. Cured Italian meats, smoked provolone, tomato, onions, and a touch of spice makes a hoagie you can dip.

Italian Hoagie Dip

I love Italian meats, smoky, spicy, just delicious. Paired with a nice provolone cheese…bellissima! Most grocery stores have an Italian meat variety pack. A selection of meats that pair well together, and are perfect for this recipe.

Italian Hoagie Dip

Tim and I are snackers. We don’t always fix a meal per se, we have snacks or as we like to call it…. grazing. Just grab a little something, no muss, no fuss.

We ate this for several grazing sessions. The longer it sets the better it gets. The dressing, although very simple, infuses the meat with a simple flavor.

Italian Hoagie Dip

A French baguette, sliced and toasted makes the perfect dipping vessel for the Italian Hoagie Dip.

Are you in need of a take along food for your next party, or just in need of a grazing selection at home? Try Italian Hoagie Dip……..deliziosa!!

Italian Hoagie Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg’s)
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ¼ cup each hot capocollo and hot calabrese,
  • ½ cup each soppressata, and peppered salami
  • ¼ pound smoked provolone cheese
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • ¼ cup spinach, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon hot cherry pepper hoagie spread
  • Baguette slices, toasted
  • Fresh basil and parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar and Italian; slowly add in the avocado oil, whisking to emulsify. Set aside.
  2. Chop all meats, cheese, tomato and onions into small dice and place in a large bowl.
  3. Pour reserved dressing over the meat mixture, add the cherry pepper spread and toss to combine well. Allow to set for several hours. Before serving mix in the spinach. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese if desired. Serve with toasted baguette slices.
Note:Variety packs of Italian meats are available at your local grocery store.


Sriracha Marmalade Wings

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Now that summer has drawn to a close and fall is near, so is football season. Nothing scream football like chicken wings, Sriracha Marmalade Wings. Sriracha Marmalade Wings 2

Never, ever would I have thought that Sriracha would be something I crave. Hot things were never a go-to flavor for me. That is until I married Tim. He love, love, loves spicy things. He uses Sriracha for ketchup, I don’t go that far but, I really like the flavor it brings to dishes. Continue reading “Sriracha Marmalade Wings”

Bloody Mary Bruschetta

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Bloody Mary, brunch booze…..the cure for a hangover? How about a super yummy topping for Bloody Mary Bruschetta?

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Bloody Mary’s are a common “Hair of the Dog” drink. Its combination of tomato juice (to settle the stomach), salt (to replenish lost electrolytes) and alcohol (to relieve head and body aches). But I think, the alcohol takes the edge off. Its reputation as a hangover cure makes Bloody Mary’s in the morning and early afternoon, brunch booze.

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Well, its been years since I have drank, but the flavor of a Bloody Mary can be had without booze, and anything on toasted bread is delicious.

Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers. I learned to love it when I worked for my long time friend Michelle at a restaurant she owned. The Herb Garden Deli Cafe & Bakery. What a sweet and wonderful place it was. It expanded my foodie-ism and we put out some fancy smancy spreads. Michelle’s bruschetta was and still is my favorite, tomatoes marinated (secret) and served on toasted french bread spread with herbed goat cheese.My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

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I have made many different versions of bruschetta over the years and this ranks right at the top of the list. It will never over take Michelle’s, but it is damn good!

The abundance of tomatoes at this time of year helped make this even sweeter. Fresh, ruby red, ripe tomatoes, marinated with all the tastes of a Bloody Mary, horseradish, Worcestershire, celery, and tabasco.

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A creamy base, not Bloody Mary like, but really adds to the dish, made of Miracle Whip (as always use mayo if you must), horseradish, and celery seed, is spread on toasted bread and topped with the marinated tomatoes.

Garnish with extra celery seed, celery leaves, and what Bloody Mary is complete with out a pickle and a wedge of lime?

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Bloody Mary Bruschetta, not a hanover cure, but a delicious appetizer cure!

Bloody Mary Bruschetta
Serves: 8
  • 1 zest of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon tabasco sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, divided
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped celery leaves
  • ⅓ cup Miracle Whip
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 6-8 slices toasted sourdough or French bread
  • Celery Seed, Pickle Slices, lime wedges,and celery leaves for garnish
  1. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon horseradish in a large bowl. Let marinate 10 minutes, stir in celery stalks and leaves.
  2. In a small bowl combine Miracle Whip and remaining horseradish, and celery seed in a small bowl. Spread each slice of toasted bread with the horseradish mixture, then top with tomato mixture.Garnish with celery seed, pickle slices, and celery leaves if desired.