Showing posts with label pasta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pasta. Show all posts

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chicken Parmigiana!~Secret Recipe Club

Chicken Parmigiana is one of my all time favorites! I just love the creamy, cheesy, gooey Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese piled high atop a really deep tomatoey, marinara sauce, and moist, lightly breaded chicken. It's just so ~ Yum! Well, today is my day for Secret Recipe Club, and my assigned blog this month is The Savvy Kitchen. This is a great blog written by Amy, who loves to cook, and is getting married in just a couple months. Congratulation and Best Wishes, Amy! Amy has lots of fun, tasty looking recipes, you must try out~starting with this chicken parmigiana!
Chicken Parmigiana
1-1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
3/4 cup Flour
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Water
3/4 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Olive Oil
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
2 cups Marinara Sauce

1  32 ounce can San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes
3 Garlic Cloves
1 tablespoon Olive Oil

I made my own tomato sauce for this recipe. 
 The recipe calls for 2 cups of Marinara sauce, and my family
loves the sauce I make, and it's so simple!
Let's make the sauce first.
Chop your three cloves of garlic.
Place one tablespoon of olive oil in your pot,
and add the chopped garlic.
Let it cook until light brown.
Add your can of crushed tomatoes. 
Let cook for 20 minutes on medium low.
Stir a couple of times.
Let your sauce sit on low while you prep your chicken.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
We need to pound out the chicken, and make it a little thinner.
Cut a piece of wax paper, fold it in half, and place your first piece
of chicken on the wax paper.
Fold wax paper over the chicken.
I could not find my meat mallet, so I used a can to 
pound out the chicken. I pounded from the center, out,
just flattening the chicken a little.
Now, lets put together our assembly line.
Make an egg wash by adding the 1 tablespoon of water
to the two eggs. 
Mix well.
Place the flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. 
I try not to use salt, if I can avoid it, so I substituted
garlic powder for the salt.
 It worked out great and was delicious!
Place your seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl, or on a plate.
Take a piece of chicken, and dip it in the flour.
then coat the piece of chicken by dipping it in the egg,
and finally in the bread crumbs.  
Continue to do this with all of your pieces.
Heat a frying pan with some olive oil, 
and when it becomes hot,
 add your piece of chicken.
This is totally optional, but I wanted to make the marinara 
smooth, so while the chicken was frying, I put the
sauce in the blender, and pureed.
Use a 9" X 13" oven safe pan.
Spray the bottom with pan spray.
Spoon 2-3 spoonfuls of sauce in the bottom of the pan.
Add your chicken pieces on top of the sauce.
I left one piece plain and it was delicious.
Spoon some of the sauce onto your 
pieces of chicken.
Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan on top of the sauce.
Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Cook your pasta.
Place the pasta on your plate, top with sauce,
and top with your chicken.
Serve with garlic bread!

Thanks Amy, for a delicious dish that is quickly
 becoming a family favorite!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tomato and Pesto Whole Grain Linguine

This weeks side dish is a simple pasta. It's healthy. It's delicious. It can be served hot or at room temperature. It really has no down side!!Oh, it's also pretty!
Tomato and Pesto Whole Grain Linguine
(adapted from BarillaUS.com)

Whole Grain Linguine
1/2 lb Roma Tomatoes
Salt ~to taste
Ground Pepper~to taste
2 cloves chopped Garlic
4 tablespoons Kraft Italian Five Cheese
4  tablespoons shelled Pistachios
1 teaspoon Dried Basil
10 Leaves Fresh Italian Parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 Chop the ends off of the roma tomatoes.
Cut each of the tomatoes in half.
Cut each half into quarters.
Chop each of the quarters.
Put the chopped pieces in a bowl.
Season them with salt and pepper.
Peel the garlic.
Chop the garlic.
I don't know why I did this because we are putting 
it in the food processor!!?
Drop garlic into food processor.
See what I mean!! I don't know what I was thinking.
Perhaps the problem is that I wasn't thinking.!!
Put the cheese in a bowl. 
Add pistachios, basil, parsley, and oregano..
Add everything in the bowl to the food processor.
Pulse, Pulse, Pulse,
until mixed thoroughly.
Add the olive oil while pulsing, until mixed.
Add pulsed mix to tomatoes, and mix well.
Marinate for 30 minutes.
Fill a pan with hot water. Add a teaspoon of oil so the pasta
won't stick to one another or to the bottom. Bring to a boil.
Add fettuccine noodles and cook for 7-9 minutes.
Drain noodles.
Put noodles on a plate, top with tomato mixture,
and toss lightly.
Top with Italian Five Cheese, and a side of Italian bread.

Thank you for joining me today.

Please join me tomorrow when we will be making
Caramel Apples!!