Yo! Eats Good Like The Godfather!
Everybody knows that The Godfather is the greatest movie of all time. Vinnie B. don’t got to tell you that, but just so yous guys know its all strictly made up. There ain’t no such thing as the mafia — despite what Hollyweird tries to tell you.
One of the things that makes the movie so great is all of the food those guys are eating all through the film. After watching this movie you’re going to have quite the appetite — trust me. It’s easy to see why Marlon Brando went from being the biggest star in Hollywood to having the biggest body in Hollywood after this movie.
Leave the Gun — Take the Cannoli
What’s better than a nice cannoli? Nothing! And Fat Clemenza definitely agrees as he was sure to make sure the cannolis didn’t get left behind after — SPOILER ALERT — having that traitor whacked.
And while yous all know that cannolis are delicious — did you know that cannoli cream is made from cheese? Yeah, that’s right. Vinnie B. ain’t playing. The main ingredient of cannoli cream is actually ricotta cheese — the same delicious ingredient as a nice baked ziti.
1 (32 ounce) container ricotta cheeseIngredients
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest, or to taste
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (optional)
- To make the filling, stir together the ricotta cheese and confectioners’ sugar using a spoon.
- Fold in lemon zest and chocolate.
If you finish watching the movie with a hankering for a cannoli and don’t feel like making your own head to the nearest Publix. That’s right, the Publix bakery makes a mean cannoli.
Try the Veal — It’s the Best in the City
Some people don’t like to eat veal on the count that it’s a baby cow and all. I got a name for those people: morons. Veal is delicious.
Each day Vinnie B. gets older I realize that younger is better and that’s the same philosophizing I’ve adopted when it comes to my meat selections.
Veal parmigiana just happens to be the dish served at the most famous last supper since The Bible. Over at Louis Restaurant in The Bronx Virgil Sollozzo claims the restaurant is home to the best veal in New York City — which I don’t need to tell yous is quite the statement.
Here’s a fantastic veal parm recipe from Betty Crocker so you can serve up the best in your city.
2 tablespoons water
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs (any flavor)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 pounds veal for scallopini
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
2 cups tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Mix egg and water. Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip veal into egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture.
- Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook half of the veal at a time in oil about 5 minutes, turning once, until light brown; drain. Repeat with remaining veal, adding 1 or 2 tablespoons oil if necessary.
- Place half of the veal in ungreased rectangular baking dish, 11x7x1 1/2 inches, overlapping slices slightly. Spoon half of the pasta sauce over veal. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with remaining veal, sauce and cheese.
- Bake uncovered about 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is light brown.
You Might Have to Cook for 20 Guys Someday
This may come as a big surprise to yous guys, but most Italians don’t buy their sauce in jars in the supermarket aisle. I know — shocking, right?
Going to the mattresses requires a lot of guys and that means a lot of mouths to feed. Cinema’s most famous sauce recipe is once again connected to Fat Clemenza. Beginning to see how he got that nickname? And — speaking of nicknames — Italians got a name for everything including sauce. We call it gravy. No, really — go look it up. I’m not screwing with you!
Michael Corleone’s education isn’t just about how to plan a clean hit or run the family business, it also involves learning how to cook up a crowd pleasing ragu. Clemenza’s sauce is a little heavy on the meat, but one food blogger has actually made a recipe based on the scene. Have a look and better yet — a taste!
1 Tbs olive oilIngredients
2 cloves of garlic minced
8oz tomato paste
32oz crushed tomatoes
1 pound Italian Sausage
6 frozen meatballs
1/4 cup red wine
1 tbs sugar
- Cook sauage over medium high heat until browned-about 5 minutes. Remove from pan.
- Cook the garlic in the oil for 1-2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil.
- Add sausage and meatballs, wine and sugar. Simmer 1 1/2 -2 hours
- Cook pasta according to directions and serve sauce over the pasta.
There you have it. Three iconic dishes from the best movie ever made. And, yo! It just happens to be about the paisans. Just remember, while the food is real the movie is not. There’s no such thing as the mafia.
Vinnie B. is a straight up legend dominating the burgeoning culinary scene in South Florida. With impeccable taste, a discerning palette, and a rock star budget the sky is no limit.