Meatball Parm Sandwich

The Meatball Parm Sandwich, as stated earlier, is one of thee Italian-American males most treasured of all things in his life. Things he needs to live a happy, normal, satisfying life, and an actual necessity for true Happiness. It’s right up there with Mom, Grandma, your Girl, wine, Sausages, and Sunday Sauce. “We ask not for much.”
No you do not have to be a Man or a Boy to eat one. Ladies and Girls eat them as well. It’s just that the male of the species happens to eat 5-times the amount that Italian-American females do. Not only that, but the male of the species holds Meatballs and Meatball Parms in much Greater Reverence, than do Italian females. They “Exalt” it, as the Meatball Parm, it deserves such adulation. The men and boys adore it and get quite excited at the prospect and act of eating one, the “Meatball Parm.” And the ladies who make them, know how much their boys love and cherish meatballs and the Meatball Parm Sandwich. Italian women want to please their men, their sons, so they make them tasty bowls of pasta, Sunday Sauce, Sausage & Peppers and Meatball Parm Sandwich when their men desire them. Yes, we don’t need much; friends, family, good food and wine, and we’re happy.
Yes it’s true, Italian-American ladies and girls like this thing called the Meatball Parm as well, but they don’t get quite as excited about this sandwich as do the men & boys do. You see, Meatball Parms are held quite dear to Italian men. Yes, it’s a guy thing, and more specifically, an “Italian Guy Thing.” Yes, Italian-American males have given the Meatball Parm Iconic Status within our lives and the realm of food. Why? We’re Italian, it’s as simple as that.
The Great Ritual of the Meatball Parm Monday and as it ties to the Sunday Sauce. You make the Meatballs for the Sauce, the Gravy. On Saturday you will buy all the meat; the Sausages and the rest of the ingredients for your Sunday Sauce (Gravy) to be made on Sunday. However, on Saturday you are already thinking about those Meatball Parms for Monday’s lunch.
Yes, we do Meatball Parms on Monday, following the previous days Sunday Sauce. You see, you have to think ahead. Every good Italian knows that when you go through all the effort and time it will take to make a pot of Sunday Sauce Gravy. You don’t just make it for Sunday’s consumption alone. No, that would be a waste of time to make just enough to eat on Sunday. Well, it wouldn’t be a waste of time, but your time will be better spent if you make more. It takes time, effort, energy, and work to make a Sunday Sauce, which of course is well worth the effort. You do not mind the work involved at all, for in the end, the “Rewards are Great.” A Sunday Sauce will yield, the beloved Sausages, Gravy, Braciole, succulent Ribs, and Meatballs for Monday’s Meatball Parms.
It does not really take much more time to make a larger quantity in order to have leftovers for the next day or two, and this is just what one wants to do, which is to keep the Sauce going, and going for another day, even two. And in those leftovers are the much Prized Meatballs for Monday’s Lunch of Meatball Parm Sandwiches. Yes, the men love and need Meatball Parms on Monday, for the ritual of the Meatball Parms on Monday is a Time-Honored tradition enjoyed by many. As the saying goes, “The Simple Pleasure of Life,” here it is quite apropos.
So, you see, on Saturday when one goes to buy the ingredients to make the Gravy, they automatically know to make sure they get enough ground meat to make plenty of Meatballs that will last the Sunday Supper as well as yielding numerous leftover Meatballs for Monday’s Meatball Parms. And there’s always assaults on the pot of dipping in and grabbing meatballs before you even sit down to the table. With Meatballs and Gravy, temptations are always great. Yes the men, methodically make sure that there are enough leftover meatballs for Monday’s lunch. When all are finished eating the great Sauce on Sunday, they set some Meatballs aside for the next days ritual of Meatball Sandwiches for lunch. These sandwiches will make any dreaded Monday so much better, that’s for sure.
And if there are leftover Sausages? On Tuesday one can make Spaghetti or Rigatoni with Sauce and Sausages, or even a Sausage Sandwich. Think ahead boys and girls, think of Monday and your Meatball Parm.


Excerpted from SUNDAY SAUCE  by Daniel Bellino Zwicke


Feast of The 7 Fish Gets a New Cover

The FEAST of The 7 FISH
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
New Cover
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke’s book THE FEAST of The 7 FISH is getting a New Cover … The Feast of The 7 Fish, Italian Christmas by Daniel Bellino Zwicke is the # 1 Best Selling Book on Amazon of this genre of The Feast of Seven Fish Italian ritual Christmas Meal, known in Italy as La Vigilia or Feste di Sette Pesci .. 
The Feast of The 7 Fish is a wonderful Italian Christmas Tradition wereby you sit down to a meal (Feast) of 7 different fishes that represent The 7 Sacraments of The Holy Roamn Catholic Church .. This is a wonderful old tradition of The South of Italy which has been carried on by many Italian-Americans with Southern Italian roots, in particular families whose ancestry is from Naples (Napoli) and its invirons of Benevento and Avelino, as well as those Americans with Sicilain roots in their ancestry.
Yes, some have caried on this great tradition. Some make seven fish for the feast while some may make Baccala for the main course, and maybe some Baked Clams or Stuffed Calamari for an apetizer (antipasto). Some may just make the Baccala or some other fish for the main course and no other fish. Some make the whole seven fish fish, and some even make up to 11 different fish, though this is a rare meal. And it’s perfectly fine to make just once fish, as long as you are having fish, you need not make a big elaborate meal but whatever you like, as long as you have a good time. And Daniel gives hints on how to make an easy seven fish feast without going through so much work, unless you really want to. It’s all up to you.
Baked Clams are an All-Time Italian-American
favorite, and for good reason, they are tasty as can be. There are two
different styles of Baked Clams that we Italians love to eat, mostly at restaurants
but at home as well. The two most famous baked clam dishes are; Clams Casino
that have bacon, butter, garlic parsley, and minced Bell Peppers baked on top
and Baked Clams Oreganata. The Clams Casino are quite good, but we will include
the other Baked Clam dish, Baked Clams Oreganata for the Christmas Eve Fish
Dinner as they do not contain any meat.
2 dozen
Littleneck Clams
1 cup
Bread Crumbs
5 cloves
garlic, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons
dry Oregano
1/8 Olive
¾ cup
½ teaspoon
Black Pepper
tablespoons fresh parsley, washed, 
dried, and
minced fine
Wash Clams in cold running water. Place in a large pot with water and 2 of the
garlic cloves. Turn heat on to high. When water comes to the boil, add clams
and cover pot. Let cook about 3 minutes, just until the clams start opening. We
do not want the clams to cook here, but just to open.
Remove clams from pot and let cool, reserving the cooking juices.
In a mixing bowl, add all remaining ingredients and stir to mix. When the clam
cooking liquid has cooled down, add little by little to breadcrumb mixture
which should already by slightly moist from the olive oil. Add clam broth a
little at a time. You want the breadcrumbs to be moist, but “Not Watery.”
Pry the top half-shell of the clam off, leaving the calm in the bottom shell
and discarding the top shell. Place about 1 tablespoon of breadcrumb mixture
over each Clam covering them all completely with the bread-crumbs.
Place the Clams on a sheet-pan and bake in a preheated 400 Degree oven for 6 or
7 minutes. Then place calms under a broiler for 20 to 30 seconds being careful
not to let the breadcrumbs burn. They can have a slight char but not burned.
The Clams are now ready for serving.
Two to three clams will be sufficient per person if serving the full Seven Fish
Dinner. If you are making this for another meal and serving as an appetizer, 5 to
7 clams is the preferred serving size. At a cocktail party, two clams per
person is good.  
You can also make Mussels Oreganata in the same exact preparation, substituting
Mussels for the Clams.
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke