Treat Your Coworkers to an Italian Feast

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Meaghan Smith
August 27, 2018

You spend 40 hours a week with your co-workers, which could be more than you spend with certain family members in a week.  So why not treat your co-workers like family – hopefully you like them that much (if you don’t, check out our job board)! The TGHR team recently had a staff retreat and as one of our team building challenges, we collectively prepared an Italian feast.  Have you ever wondered if there can be too many cooks in the kitchen? Well, we can confidently tell you YES!

To create your own Italian feast, here are a couple suggested recipes.  Serve these dishes alongside of a salad, roasted vegetables, or even make your own antipasto skewers!

Bruschetta Bread

  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (recommend roasted garlic)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 tsp garlic powder

Quarter tomatoes and remove juicy centers. Dice into small pieces and place in a bowl. Roll and slice basil leaves into small strands and add to tomatoes. Add olive oil and minced garlic to mixture and stir. Place mixture in refrigerator while preparing bread. Slice bread into 12 slices (or more). Combine butter and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Spread the butter over each slice of bread.  Place bread on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes in a pre-heated oven set at 375 degrees or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top each piece with tomato mixture.  For a special touch, the TGHR team recommends adding shredded Parmesan cheese.

Pasta Cavateni

  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 box pasta (cooked and drained, recommend rigatoni)
  • 8 oz pepperoni (cut)
  • 2 peppers (any color cut and diced)
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (any kind, but we recommend Colby Jack)

Cook the pasta and drain. Brown the Italian sausage and then drain the grease. Place pasta, spaghetti sauce, Italian sausage, pepperoni, peppers and mushrooms into a 9×13 pan.  Mix all together. Then add cheese and mix well.  Place pan in a 350-degree pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Bon Appetit!