August 9, 2015

a healthy bloody mary mix and more

I recently discovered a line of healthy tomato products that I love called Dei Fratelli.  This family-owned company really takes pride in the food they produce, and you can taste the difference in the freshness of their tomatoes.  Dei Fratelli, which by the way means “brotherhood” in Italian,  makes great packaged tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato juice.   Some of them come in cartons instead of cans, which I really like. They also have some amazing recipes that I have tried and wanted to share with you today.
 Bloody Mary Mix
·    1 (46 oz) can Dei Fratelli tomato Juice
·    1 1/2 Tbsp. Celery salt
·    1 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
·    3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
·    1 1/2 tsp Hot pepper sauce
In a large jar or bottle, combine the tomato juice, celery salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. Secure the lid and shake, or stir to mix until well blended.  (Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.)  Mix with vodka and enjoy!

Peppercorn Bacon and Tomato Shrimp Chowder

·    1 (14.5 oz) can Dei Fratelli Petite Diced Tomatoes
·    4 Cups Water
·    1 1/2 lb medium Shrimp, shelled
·    4 slices thick Peppercorn bacon
·    1 medium Onion, finely chopped
·    1 medium Green pepper, finely chopped
·    1 tsp garlic
·    2 Cups Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dices
·    1 Bay leaf
·    1 tsp Salt
·    1 tsp Freshly ground pepper
·    3 - 4 dashes Hot sauce, to taste
In a medium size pot, add water. Cook until boiling. Add shrimp and cook 2 minutes. Remove shrimp from pot. Strain water and measure 3 cups. Keep on warm temperature until needed.

In a Dutch oven, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to cool on paper towels. When cool, break into pieces.

Add onion, green pepper, and garlic to bacon grease and sauté until tender about 10 minutes. Pour in reserved water. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Bring slowly to a boil, then turn the heat to low and cook and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender but not mushy.

Add the shrimp and bacon. Continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and discard.

Serve the chowder in heated mugs.
Serves 6 to 8 

Red Pepper Shrimp Linguini
·    1 (14.5 oz) can Dei Fratelli Chopped Italian Tomatoes
·    1/3 Cup Olive oil
·    1 Cup White onion, sliced thin
·    1 Cup Red bell peppers, sliced
·    2 1/2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
·    1/4 Cup Fresh basil, finely chopped
·    2 Tbsp. Oregano
·    1 Tbsp. Rosemary
·    1 tsp Salt
·    1/2 tsp Black pepper
·    3/4 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
·    1 1/2 lb Fresh large shrimp, cleaned and deveined, tail on (can substitute thawed frozen cooked shrimp)
·    1 lb Linguini, cooked al dente per package instructions
Heat oil in large pot with lid. Add onion, peppers, garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper and mushrooms. Sauté over medium heat 5 minutes. Add tomatoes. Cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and simmer until shrimp is pink and hot (if using frozen cooked shrimp, approx 5 minutes to heat through). Toss with cooked pasta.
Serves 8-10

For more healthy recipes from
Dei Fratelli,  visit their recipe page.

ciao! fabiana

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