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As Seen on ABC 15, How (And When) to Make Mama Gina’s Breakfast Stromboli

Sep 6, 2011   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Can you name the common food link here?
New York
North Carolina
St. Louis
San Francisco

Stumped? Okay, here’s another hint:

Got it?

If you guessed that these are the weeks and the teams the Cardinals will be playing where you’ll be needing food for some serious tailgating, you’re right!

The NFL season is just days away and regardless of whether game day ends in a W or an L, no Card’s game is complete without starting off with a tailgate party. Whether you’re headed to the University of Phoenix Stadium with your season tickets, single game tickets or just hanging in the parking lot with no tickets at all, you’ll need good food and spirits.

Successful Tailgate Party Game Plan

  1. When you’re feeding a lot of people, variety is key; offer vegetarian meals as well as foods with meat. Offer spicy and mild versions.
  2. Keep in mind that just because you love or hate a certain food, it doesn’t mean your guests feel the same way.
  3. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand for designated drivers.
  4. Some of the best advice we can offer is to leave the cooking to the pros so you’re not trying to finish everything at the last minute before kickoff.

For a successful, worry-free tailgate party, we suggest ordering these favorites from Mama Gina’s for carry-out to create a menu your friends will rave about.

Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are a staple for any good football spread because they are the ultimate finger food. At Mama Gina’s we offer you traditional or boneless wings. We also cook them in a variety of flavors, so pick up an order of each (Hot, Mild, BBQ) to keep everyone happy! We serve ours with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Garlic Knots
Easy finger food to pop in your mouth for a burst of flavor.

Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Perfect choice of protein for the vegetarians at your party.

Jalapeno Poppers
A spicy snack your friends will devour.

Filling, flavorful and fun.

Because we know that Cardinals fans can come in the hardcore variety, starting their tailgate parties even before we open, we also wanted to offer a recipe for a Breakfast Stromboli. These tasty treats are portable, so you can bring them to the tailgate party and leave the rest of the menu up to us!

Breakfast Stromboli
1 (11 oz.) tube of refrigerated crusty French loaf dough
2 scrambled eggs
3 strips apple wood smoked bacon
1/2 cup of sausage (any meat)
1 bell pepper diced and sautéed (any vegetable)
¼ cup mushrooms
¼ cup onion
3 oz Cheddar
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Mix it up with Tomato, Jalapeno or Chipotle peppers for a South-Western Zing. Add the veggies to the eggs while scrambling.

Unroll dough onto a greased baking sheet.
Place a layer of sausage (or what ever meat you choose) on dough within a 1/2 inch of the edge.
Lay in scrambled egg mixture
Place layer of bacon (or other meat or vegetable)
Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese (to taste)
Roll up like a jelly roll starting on the long side.
Pinch the seam to seal and pinch the ends shut as well.
Roll so it is seam side down on the baking sheet.
With a knife, cut 8-10 1/4 inch deep slices across the top of the loaf approximately 1 inch long.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool slightly, serve warm.

For a video demonstration by the owner of Mama Gina’s showing how to make this recipe, watch this!

We’ve got you covered with lots of tailgating favorites, so on game day, you can put on your jersey and enjoy another Cardinals win!

Why Garlic is For Lovers

Aug 11, 2011   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We get lots of couples who come into Mama Gina’s on dates before or after going to the movies, and we have a little advice for them; Don’t shy away from the Garlic Bread, Garlic Knots or Bruschetta!

Garlic gets such a bad rap for causing bad breath, but that’s just one small detail considering it’s one of the healthiest foods you can eat!

For centuries, garlic has been considered a “cure-all” used to treat almost every ailment from the common cold to the Plague! While we here in Phoenix don’t have Plagues about, here are a few benefits you’ll be getting when you order our Garlic Bread, Garlic Knots or Bruschetta:

  • Anti-Bacterial – Garlic has 1% the potency of penicillin and can actually ward off an impressive number of bacteria including Cryptococcal meningitis, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. While most bacteria develops resistance to antibiotics, this is not the case with garlic. (Another order of garlic bread, please!)
  • Improve Cardiovascular Health and Lower Cholesterol – If yours is a lasting love, you’ll want to remain healthy to keep up with your sweetie for years to come! Mediterranean food, including your Italian favorites, uses a lot of garlic, and people from Mediterranean countries have low incidences of cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol can be a confusing area of health with the HDL and LDL. What you should know is that modern medicine has found that garlic contains allicin which scavenges hydroxyl radicals (OH) and is thought to prevent LDLs from being oxidised. This is a good thing.
  • Antioxidants – Allicin naturally increases the antioxidant enzymes in your blood. If you’re a smoker, quit! But, garlic can guard against the damaging effects of nicotine and slow the aging process of your liver by inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
  • Reduce Acne – Our teen customers may want to take note of this one! Many teens spend a fortune buying facial washes and creams. Did you know that you can boost their effect by eating garlic? Garlic is thought to work because of its blood cleansing and antibiotic properties. The garlic on our Garlic Bread, Garlic Knots or Bruschetta is the perfect way to get your helping of garlic, because it is crushed and chopped. This will help release the active compounds.

We hope you’ll stop by and share one of these appetizers with your better half.

Remember Mama Gina’s Math: Your garlic breath + your date’s garlic breath = no garlic breath worries!

Pizza Styles Explained – Mama Gina’s NY Style Can’t Be Beat!

Jul 13, 2011   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Ever get confused by the many styles of pizza out there? Sure, there are a dizzying array of styles to choose from, but what better to make you dizzy than PIZZA?!

Here is a closer look at some of the more common types of pizza:

CHICAGO STYLE PIZZA – The Chicago Style pizza, or “deep-dish” pizza, was invented in 1943 at Chicago’s Pizzeria Uno. Initially, it was reported that Uno’s founder Ike Sewell, a former University of Texas football star, invented Chicago Style Pizza. But a 1956 article from the Chicago Daily News reported that Uno’s original pizza chef, Rudy Malnati, actually developed the recipe.

The Chicago Style pizza crust is a thick layer of dough made with olive oil and cornmeal formed into a deep round pan. It is pulled up by the sides, then parbaked. This means the raw dough is baked as normal but stopped at about 80% completed. At this point, the dough is rapidly cooled and frozen. The pan is heavily oiled to create a fried effect on the outside of the crust. The buttery, spongy crust is up to three inches tall at the edges, acting much like a bowl. The crust is covered with about a pound of sliced mozzarella and a solid layer of meats. Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers are often used as toppings. The sauce is uncooked and made from puréed tomatoes. Because of the amount of ingredients on this pizza, it is usually eaten with a knife and fork.

ITALIAN STYLE PIZZA –Italian pizza is made to be thin and light enough for one person to eat the whole pie. Italian pizza has a thin, crisp crust with just a thin layer of sauce made from pure tomatoes. Vegetables, cheese and other toppings are added sparingly. Italian pizza is made in a wood-burning brick oven.

SICILIAN STYLE PIZZA – Sicilian thick crust pizza, originating from Palermo in Sicily, is one of the most popular pizza styles. Sicilian pizza is square and has a very thick crust served in an aluminum baking sheet. An authentic recipe often calls for pecorino cheese and bits of anchovies.

NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA –  Mama Gina’s brings you the best New York Style pizza in Phoenix. As is traditional for this pizza originating in the early 1900s, it is a large thin, wide, foldable pizza. New York Style pizza is made from a high-gluten bread flour. The traditional toppings are tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It is hand-tossed and uses a minimal amount of sauce.

New York Style pizza is sold by the slice and as whole pies from 16” to 20” inches in diameter. The slices can be folded in half and eaten as a “street snack”, since it can be hard to eat flat because of its size and flexibility.

Mama Gina’s can make a pie just for you or you can grab a slice to go from our display which rotates selections daily. Choose from:

  • Pepperoni
  • Traditional Cheese
  • Mama’s Supreme – Mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, onion, green peppers, mushroom topped with extra cheese
  • Meat Lovers – Pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon and meatballs
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Hawaiian – Mozzarella cheese, ham and pineapple
  • Margherita – Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, fresh garlic and olive oil
  • White – Ricotta, fresh garlic, Parmesan, mozzarella
  • Veggie – Mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives

While there are probably thousands of combination including different crusts, sauces and toppings, we still believe that you’ll find the New York Style pizza at Mama Gina’s is unbeatable!

Grand Opening, March 7!

Mar 4, 2011   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Come visit us in Westgate City Center for pizza by the slice, Italian favorites and more!

Mmm, photos of our latest dishes!

Mar 1, 2011   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We’ve got new photos of some of the delicious dishes we’ll be serving! Be sure to check them out on Facebook!


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