Romano's Recipes .....Italian Style

Feel free to submit your favorite Italian recipes and/or recipes using
Romano's Italian Sodas in the coming months.

Chipotle Chicken with YumBerry Blue

12-16 boneless, skinless chicken tenders (depending on size)
OR: 2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced in half horizontally (put breasts in freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm up before cutting)

Wet Rub
In large mixing bowl, mix together:
1 tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 tbs. Dijon mustard
Juice of ½ lime

Glaze & Dipping Sauce
12 oz Romano’s YummBerry Blue Italian Soda
1-2 (depending desired heat level) rough chopped chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
½ tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. basalmic vinegar

Place tenders or breast pieces in wet rub and mix well to thoroughly coat. Let stand for 20-30 minutes (in refrigerator) to develop a savory flavor. Cook chicken quickly either on clean, oiled grill, or sauté in hot oil (bring chicken to internal temperature of 165 degrees).

In small saucepan, bring ingredients to light boil. Reduce heat and simmer until there is 3-4 ounces of glaze (reduce by at least 2/3 from original volume). Glaze should have a light syrup-like consistency.

Note: Start the glaze reduction about the same time you put the chicken in the wet rub. While the chicken is “getting happy”, the glaze will be reducing to an intense flavor unlike anything you have ever tasted. Strain chipotle peppers from glaze.

Arrange chicken on heated platter, drizzle about 1/3 to ½ glaze on chicken, garnish with cilantro and pass remaining glaze around the table.

Spaghetti using Sierra Mist?? ...

Why would you have a recipe using Sierra Mist in the Romano's newsletter? The answer is that this recipe represents an Italian family tradition that adds innovation. Fred Alphonse of Van Dusen Beverages in Astoria was gracious enough to share his family spaghetti sauce recipe. It's a traditional blend of ingredients AND it includes the Pepsi product, Sierra Mist. Why Sierra Mist? It adds a hint of lemon/lime flavor as well as sweetness to the sauce.

Fred's Dad worked for Van Dusen Beverages in the 1960's. His brother has worked with the organization as well. Some accounts in Astoria have never had a Pepsi salesman other than someone of the Alphonse family!!! As any good Italian cook will tell you, exact measurements or measuring cups don't exist. For your convenience we have adapted the recipe to use measurements as guidelines. But go ahead, double the garlic. As Fred mentioned, if you wake up the next day smelling like garlic … you know you’re healthy. Here's your chance to innovate in the kitchen. ...

Alphonse Family Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
("Everything you see I owe to spaghetti" - Sophia Loren)


2 to 3 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper,
roasted and chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 TB salt; 1/4 tsp pepper
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste and
1 can tomato sauce
5-6 Roma tomatoes
2-3 sprigs fresh oregano
2 TBS fresh sweet basil
Chianti as desired
9 oz Sierra Mist

Heat oil; sauté onions, pepper and garlic in the oil until tender. Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano and basil. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Sierra Mist as cooking.
version: sauté 1/2 pound of lean ground beef with the onions, peppers and garlic until browned.

Recipe adapted to served 6-8, although you should end up with a nice, thick sauce that is good enough to batch in large quantities. Fred & his brother have made up to 40Gallons at a time for Knights of Columbus events.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Just take any box cake mix (white or yellow cake) and instead of adding water as the liquid, substitute the Romano's soda. In addition, I added huckleberries to the dry mix and so the cake was a beautiful cherry color with huckleberry studs (I used the rest of my Yumberry Blue soda). It turns out very moist. You could really add any small fruit or berry you like. Another idea is to use a flavor like Orange cream in the cake and then frost the cake with a lemon curd topping and whipped cream.

Give it a try!

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