Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook From Mom's Kitchen to Mine and Yours

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/6/2015
  • Publisher: Griffin

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Entertainment legend Frankie Avalon has cooked his way from his mother's kitchen in South Philadelphia to Hollywood and Las Vegas. Here in his first cookbook are pitch-perfect recipes for such Italian classics as Tomato-Ricotta Lasagna and Three-Meat Sunday Gravy with Pasta, as well as unexpected treasures like Roast Pork with Fig Sauce and Pork Milanese on Kale Salad.

Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook is first and foremost a collection of over 80 of his favorite dishes, ones that Frankie and his wife Kay regularly serve to their eight children and ten grandchildren. Weeknight meals, Sunday suppers, and holiday feasts are all covered with must-have recipesóeach one taste-tested by Avalons of all ages. And Frankie is a great storyteller, so delicious tales of more than five decades in show business pop up like meatballs in marinara sauce. Novice and experienced cooks will find a lot to love between these pagesódozens of heirloom recipes, mouthwatering food photographs, plus candid shots of Frankie at home in Southern California with his family and some of his favorite food places and pals in the old neighborhood in Philly, tips on Italian ingredients, advice on cooking for a crowd, and more.

Frankie's latest ventures include his food company, which specializes in prepared Italian food products, like rice balls and sausages, based on his heritage (his father was a butcher) and currently available on QVC.

Author Biography

FRANKIE AVALON is one of the busiest nightclub performers in the country, playing the finest supper clubs and headlining top Las Vegas main rooms. He has a long string of gold record million-seller singles and albums, and 30 films, including Grease and Beach Blanket Bingo. Frankie lives in California with his wife of 50 years, Kay.

RICK RODGERS is an award-winning cookbook writer and culinary instructor. As a publishing consultant, his clients include Williams-Sonoma and Tommy Bahama. 

Table of Contents

The Avalon Kitchen

Stuffed Artichokes with Romano Crumbs
Roasted Red Pepper and Olive Bruschetta
Salami-Stuffed Mushrooms
Grilled Tomato Caprese
Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Rice Balls
Clams Oreganata
Stuffed Eggs with Mascarpone, Basil, and Pancetta

Soups and Salads
Next Day Roasted Chicken Stock
Chicken Soup with Cheese Custard,
 var. Stracciatella
Wedding Soup with Small Meatballs and Escarole
Lentil, Sausage, and Spinach Soup
Vegetable Minestrone
Pasta e Fagioli
Green Salad with Simple Vinegar Dressing
Orange, Fennel, and Onion Salad
Frankie’s Marinated Tomato and Onion Salad
Dolores Hope’s Antipasti Salad
Italian Tuna Salad

Spaghetti with Veal Meatball
 var. Turkey Meatballs
 var. Braised Meatballs
Sicilian Chicken Meatballs
Three-Meat Sunday Gravy with Spaghetti
 (Ziti) with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Lasagna with Sausage and Cheese
Ziti with Sausage and Peppers Sauce
Pasta e Ceci
Stuffed Cheese Shells
Classic Fettuccine Alfredo
Shrimp in Lemon Cream Sauce
Frankie’s Famous Crab Marinara
Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce
Calamari Meatballs with Linguine
Homemade Gnocchi with Pesto
Risotto with Peas and Asparagus
Red Wine Marinara Sauce
 var: Sausage
 var: White Wine
John’s Bolognese Sauce

Meats and Poultry
Chasen’s Chili
Osso Buco
Veal Rolatini with Prosciutto and Fontina
Veal Scaloppini Marsala with Mushrooms
Roast Pork with Fig Sauce
Stuffed Pork Chops with Mortadella Stuffing
Pork Cutlets Milanese on Kale Salad
Spinach and Sausage Pie
Sausage-Stuffed Peppers
Frankie Boys with Sausage and Cheese
Roman Lamb Chop Sauté
Roast Stuffed Chicken with Chestnut-Sausage Stuffing
Chicken Cacciatore
Roast Lemon Chicken
Chicken Thighs with Sherry-Vermouth Sauce

Whole Branzino with Fennel-Pancetta Sauté
Sea Bass with Horseradish Breadcrumbs
Red Snapper with “Crazy” Tomato Sauce
Marinated Swordfish with Lemon and Wine
Clams Fra Diavolo
Shrimp Scampi
Stuffed Calamari
Seafood Salad

Vegetables and Sides
Frankie Boys with Broccoli
Roasted Broccolini with Olives
Basic Escarole with Garlic var. Broccoli Rabe
Baked Eggplant Marinara
Roasted Fennel with Lemon and Pine Nuts
Green Beans with Potatoes
Annette’s Roasted Onions
Stuffed Radicchio with Ricotta and Parmesan
Mashed Potatoes with Fontina and Garlic
Crispy Potato Wedges with Romano
Mom’s Tomato Pizza

Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake
Cannoli Cake
Limoncello Pound Cake
Ricotta Cheesecake
Chocolate Drops
Biscotti Braids
Butter Cookies
Puffy Italian Cookies
Rainbow Cookies
Fried Ricotta Balls with Fresh Berries


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