Chef Chuck's Fried Cod Fish Balls

Polpette di Pesce e Patate

Fried cod fish balls are a different kind of appetizer. Bite into these fish balls to find a mixture of cod, potatoes, garlic and parsley. Fried in olive oil gives these fish balls a delightful golden brown outer shell. If you can't find cod any meaty white fish would work. Serve with lemon wedges or even a marinara sauce.

Fried Cod Fish Balls

1 pound cod fish
3 potatoes
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 lemon
olive oil for frying

Peel and cut potatoes into large chunks, boil in salted water till fork tender, mash with a fork. Steam cod for 5 minutes, flake with a fork. Saute garlic with a little bit of olive oil for a minute. In a bowl combine potatoes, fish, garlic, flour, egg, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Form small balls, and roll in breadcrumbs. Heat olive oil in a small frying pan, brown 3 or 4 at a time, drain on paper towels and salt them. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with lemon wedges. Makes about 18.

Chef Chuck's Egg and Prosciutto Breakfast Roll

Rotolini di Frittata al Prosciutto e Mozzarella

A wonderful breakfast surprise for your family and friends, fluffy scrambled eggs, with creamy mozzarella and salty prosciutto. A nice presentation for your morning table, serve along with toast, fresh fruit and muffins. Get creative and fill your eggs with your favorite meats and cheeses.

Egg and Prosciutto Breakfast Roll

10 fresh farm eggs
3 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup parmigiana cheese, grated
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 pound mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced
salsa or marinara sauce

Scramble eggs with milk, parmigiana cheese, salt and pepper. In a large frying pan on medium to low heat, melt butter add eggs, cook till most of the egg mixture is done. Flip over to finish cooking eggs. On a board cut egg to a square shape. Lay slices of cheese on egg then the prosciutto, gently roll up and place on serving plate. Drizzle salsa or sauce over, slice and serve.

Chef Chuck's Strawberry Roll Cake

Rotolo di Fragole

Celebrate Mother's Day with a refreshing light strawberry dessert. An elegant ending to a great meal, soft sweet sponge cake, fresh juicy strawberries, and whipped creamy cheese filling. Sprinkle in your favorite white chocolate and this becomes something special.

Strawberry Roll Cake

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
powdered sugar

1/2 pound fresh strawberries
1 cup whole milk ricotta
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces white chocolate

Separate room temperature eggs, in a small bowl, whip whites and a pinch of salt, till stiff peaks form, set aside. In a large bowl beat egg yolks and sugar for 3 minutes, add one teaspoon of warm water at a time. Add vanilla, fold in egg whites a little at a time by hand. Fold in sifted flour and baking powder.
Pour into a 10x15 inch baking pan that is lined with parchment paper and butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. While the cake is baking, lay out a cloth towel, sprinkle a generous amount of powdered sugar. Turn out cake onto towel and while hot roll up cake. Place on a cooling rack for 30 minutes, with cloth over the cake. Unroll, trim edges.
In a small mixing bowl whip heavy cream till firm peaks appear, set aside. In the same mixing bowl add ricotta cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla beat for about 2 minutes, scraping sides. Fold in whipped cream.
Spread a thin layer of cream on cake, then cut up strawberries and shaved white chocolate. Roll up gently and place on a serving plate seam side down.
Decorate with more cream and a few strawberries and shaved chocolate.