About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Beef Patties Baked with Anchovies and Mozzarella


Moist and tender, with the enriching flavors of anchovies and mozzarella, these beef patties deserve to be eaten with a fork and knife, not on a bun. The milk soaked bread & the egg added just the right amount of moisture.

I've never used dry bread crumbs to coat a beef pattie before cooking. Now I will use them whenever possible. It sealed in the juices without forming a shell as a batter would.


After a quick fry in vegetable oil, the beef patties are transferred to a buttered baking dish and topped with halved tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, oregano, & anchovies. Each is then garnished with a small strip of tomato, before slipping into a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes of baking.


We had invited my friend, Nancy, to join us for dinner. Then at the last minute Dan's brother offered him his spare ticket to a Biliken's game. So, Nancy and I had entirely too much food on the table. I hope the rest keeps overnight.


We enjoyed our delicious beef patties with one of my vegetable assignments which is due to post on Feb. 22nd, Potatoes with Onions, Tomatoes, and Sweet Pepper. With the addition of fresh bread from Marconi Bakery, my old stand-by A•Mano primitivo and we had a perfect combination.


Comments (5)

Ed Hoos:

Those look so good. Another one I have yet to make from the book.


Deborah, another delicious looking recipe! I can imagine how fabulous each bite tastes!! brava!!

Deborah responds: Well, Mindy...given my passion for anchovies, fabulous is a good word. :-)

Marcella Hazan:

No woman who loves anchovies can be all bad! Are you familiar with Ortiz Big Anchovies, available from time to time - they are scarce -through Chefshop.com? One, or at most two anchovies lying on a thickly buttered (unsalted) slice of grilled bread, there is nothing you might cook that could surpass it. A couple of those and some ripe juicy fruit after, and that can be dinner.

Oh boy, I love anchovies and yours look nice and meaty. The photographs and description are literally mouth-watering!

Deborah responds: Thanks, Susie! I love when you comment on our posts.

What a loss for Dan! It looks like he missed an amazing dinner.

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