CHICKEN BREASTS MILANO

Ingredients

8 Whole chicken breasts – split
1/2 cup Olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup Dry white wine
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1 teaspoon Fresh Italian parsley – chopped
1 teaspoon Dried leaf oregano – crumbled
Salt
Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Crushed red-pepper flakes – (or more)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – grated
Fresh spinach leaves – steamed
Hot cooked rice
Red bell pepper strips

How to prepare

ix oil, wine, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper (to taste). Marinate chicken in a shallow pan, covered, for several hours or overnight. Remove chicken and reserve marinade. Place breasts, skin- side up in 1 or 2 roasting pans; do not crowd. Brush with part of reserved marinade. Bake in 375 F oven, basting occasionally with marinade, for 40 minutes until skin is crisp. Sprinkle part of Parmesan over the chicken and return to oven just until Parmesan begins to turn golden. Line a warm platter with steamed spinach leaves, then with rice. Arrange chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Garnish with red pepper strips (NOTE: Chicken breasts can be grilled about 4 inches from coals for 20 minutes, turning and basting with marinade until chicken is golden.

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Basil Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

2 pounds Fresh tomatoes – seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 Onion – chopped
1 tablespoon basil, fresh
1 tablespoon Thyme
1 tablespoon Parsley – minced
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saute onions and garlic in oil. Add tomatoes, basil, thyme, parsley and Parmesan. Simmer for 15 minutes.

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Pasta with pesto sauce

Ingredients

6 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup shelled walnuts
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup freshly grated aged pecorino or parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
6 oz cherry tomatoes,- optional
salt
freshly ground pepper fresh
pasta
16 med-size fresh basil leaves, optional

How to prepare

Place garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, cheese, olive oil and tomatoes in food processor or blender and blend until very smooth sauce forms. Transfer sauce to crockery or glass bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, mix well and refrigerate, covered, until needed. When ready to use, remove sauce from refrigerator. Remove 3/4 cup boiling water from pot in which fresh pasta is cooking and stir into sauce. Ladle half of sauce onto large serving platter. Drain fresh pasta, place on prepared dish, add remaining sauce and mix gently but thoroughly. Sprinkle with basil leaves to garnish and serve hot. Makes 8 servings. Note. No extra cheese should be served with this dish.

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Baked Vermicelli

Ingredients

4 Oz. Vermicelli – cooked and drained
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Flour
1/4 Cup Onion – finely diced
16 Oz. Evoporated Skim Milk – (3 small cans)
4 Oz. Colbyjack Cheese – grated
4 Oz. Parmesan Cheese – grated
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
3 Dashes Tabasco Sauce
1 Dash White Pepper
1 Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 Dash Ground Nutmeg
2 Eggs – beaten
1/3 To 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook vermicelli according to package directions. Drain and place into a baking dish that has been buttered, oiled or sprayed with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a sauce pan, and add onions and saute until transparent. Add flour to make a roux and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the milk and stir until hot. Remove about
a cup of the milk and set aside. Add the cheeses to the saucepan and continue stirring untill the cheese has melted.
Add the spices. Gradually add the eggs to the cooled reserved milk and beat until the eggs are incorporated. Stirring continuously, add the eggs to the saucepan a little at a time. Continue stirring and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Pour the cheese sauce over the vermicelli and sprinkle withe the breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown on top.

For a really neat looking dish, do a crust of breadcrumbs by layering the bottom and sides of the baking dish with beaten egg followed by a layer of breadcrumbs. Repeat several times. Then bake and unmold onto a serving plate.

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Crostini with beans

Ingredients

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped fine, divided use
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 lb broccoli rabe, swiss chard or spinach, washed and trimmed
salt to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked and drained tuscan-style beans (see recipe)
6 1/2″ slices italian bread, lightly toasted

How to prepare

In a large saucepan, heat two tbsp of the olive oil, half the garlic and all of the red pepper over medium heat 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the greens and salt. If the greens are dry, add 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes for broccoli rabe and swiss chard or 5 minutes for spinach. Meanwhile, in a medium-size saucepan, heat the remaining oil and garlic 1 minute. Stir in the beans, cover and cook over low heat until heated through. Coarsely mash the beans. Spread the beans over the toasted bread. Top with the greens and a spoonful of their cooking liquid. Serve immediately. Yield: makes 6 servings. Crostini with beans

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Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Ingredients

12 oz spaghetti
12 oz fresh tomatoes or canned
4 oz large black olives, stoned and sliced
8 canned anchovies fillets
1 tbsp capers

2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp parsley
6 tbsp olive oil
2 dried red chilies, crumbled
salt (if not using the anchovies)

How to prepare

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water for about ten minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, fry the anchovies, garlic and red chili in the olive oil for one minute. Add the tomatoes, olives and capers and cook for a couple of minutes more. Season to taste. Drain the spaghetti, add to the sauce, sprinkle in the parsley and mix well.

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Crunchy parmesan garlic chicken

Ingredients

2/3 cup dry french bread crumbs
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced parsley
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cloves minced garlic

1/3 cup butter
3 lb broiler-fryer cut up

How to prepare

Mix first six ingredients together in a 1 qt. Mixing bowl. Set aside. In a 1 qt. Saucepan heat garlic and butter over very low heat until butter has melted. Remove from heat. Coat chicken pieces with garlic butter mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place coated chicken on large, ungreased cookie sheet skin side up. Mix together any remaining crumbs and butter and sprinkle over chicken. Bake for 1 hr. At 350

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Pasta with white beans, and pepperoni

Ingredients

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup pepperoni, chopped
16 oz plum tomatoes, with juice, chopped
1/2 tsp basil, crumbled
1/4 tsp oregano, crumbled
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
2/3 cup white beans, canned, drained and rinsed well
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1/4 lb tubular pasta
parmesan cheese, grated

How to prepare

In a heavy skillet, cook the garlic in the oil over moderate heat, stirring, until it is golden. Remove it with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the onion and pepperoni and cook over mod-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the juices, basil, oregano, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the beans and parsley, and simmer the sauce, covered partially, for 5-7 minutes, or until it is thickened slightly. In a kettle of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until it is al dente and drain it well. In a bowl, toss it with the sauce. Divide the pasta between 2 heated bowls and serve it, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and garnished with parsley sprigs.

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MAMMA’S CHICKEN CHICKEN

Ingredients

2 each Chickens – cut up in serving
Pieces
1 cup Lemon juice
2 cups Seasoned bread crumbs
1 each H
2 tablespoons Grated cheese
1 each Sliced onion
Olive oil

How to prepare

Dip chicken in lemon juice, and then roll in seasoned bread-crumb-and cheese mixture. In a baking dish, place onion in and around chicken Sprinkle with olive oil and bake in preheated 350~ degree oven for 1 hour, uncovered. Serve immediately. VARIATION: POTATOES-You take 4 potatoes, peeled and cut in sixths lengthwise Rub a little olive oil on each piece, dip in seasoned bread crumbs mixed w/cheese and place between chicken pieces. You can even cook the potatoes in a baking dish of their own at 350~ degrees for 1 hour. They are a perfect accompaniment to roast beef, veal, or pork

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