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Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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I wanted to serve a hearty meal for friends who were coming for dinner. I decided to make Chicken Parmesan and fresh steamed broccoli. My girlfriend brought a salad and fresh garlic bread to complete the meal. The chicken was perfectly cooked – moist and tender with a crunchy outside. The sauce was tangy and filled with mushrooms and the oozing cheese was delicious. If you don’t feel like making the sauce or if you don’t have a lot of time, use your favorite store bought spaghetti sauce – it works great too. The chicken was a huge hit with our friends and my family. A fantastic dinner!

Sauce:
Click on the link above for the roasted tomato and onion marinara recipe. While the tomatoes and onions are roasting, sauté the mushrooms. Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until golden brown. Season with a bit of salt and set aside. Once the tomatoes and onions are roasted, place in the Dutch oven and finish making the sauce. Make sure you blend the sauce with the immersion blender BEFORE you add the sauteed mushrooms. Simmer the mushroom marinara for a few hours.
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried basil, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I use lower fat)
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Fresh Basil, chopped for garnish
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Trim chicken breasts of all fat. Cut each breast into two pieces. Heat large pan on medium heat; coat the pan with cooking spray and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to the beaten egg and mix. Add the grated Parmesan and dried basil to the bread crumbs and mix thoroughly. Dip chicken into eggs and then into bread crumbs. Add to pan and cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Make sure to spray the pan with cooking spray when you turn the chicken over.
In large baking dish add some spaghetti sauce and spread evenly over the bottom of the dish. Add chicken and top each piece with more sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the chicken then top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest a few minutes before serving. Enjoy.

 

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Cheese, Chicken

 

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The Margheritan: a Traditional Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Pizza

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Today’s modern pizza of tomato sauce and cheese can be traced back to an Italian pizzario, Raffaele Esposito of Naples, owner of a tavern called Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi. In 1889, he created a pizza for the visiting Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. He used tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese to represent the Italian flag’s colors of red, green, and white. The queen asked Raffaele what the dish was called and the smart chef replied, “The Margherita, after you, my Queen.” This recipe calls for two types of mozzarella: One is sold shredded in plastic pouches, available in any supermarket; the other is fresh, a soft, white ball that melts into milky pillows. I usually buy an 8-ounce (225g) ball called fior de latte, or “flowers of milk.” Fresh mozzarella has a shelf life of about two weeks.
Photo From: Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas by Chef Craig Priebe with Dianne Jacob – Used for review purposes
Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Brush the grilled side of the pizza crust with the Herbed Grill Oil. Dust with the Parmesan and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Drop spoonfuls of the Chunky Tomato Basil Sauce onto the pizza. Tear the fresh mozzarella into chunks and distribute across the pizza, filling in the holes between the sauce.
2. Grill. Garnish with the basil leaves before serving.

RecipesPizzas > The Margheritan: a Traditional Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Pizz

 

Source: http://www.theroguegourmet.com/recipes/pizzas/the-margheritan-a-traditional-tomato-basil-and-cheese-pizza/

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Cheese, Vegetables

 

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Betty’s Easy Spaghetti with Savory Marinara Sauce

Penne pasta served with tomato sauce

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Easy Spaghetti with Savory Marinara Sauce. This is a great recipe to use if you are in a hurry, and you are looking for a recipe that is tasty and also economical!

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
16-oz. can tomato sauce
28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (You may used dried herbs in this recipe; just use 1/3 as much as listed for fresh herbs.)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
16-oz. package uncooked spaghetti (I used only ½ of a 16-oz. package, but I had a lot of sauce left over!)
1 teaspoon salt for cooking spaghetti (optional)

In a deep skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion, 2 minced cloves of garlic, and ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until the onion is clear., about 5 minutes. Add a 16-oz. can of tomato sauce, a 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice, and simmer for 5 minutes more. As soon as you begin simmering your spaghetti sauce, start making your spaghetti, according to package directions. (I add about 1 teaspoon of salt to the boiling water.) The spaghetti will be done about the same time as the Marinara sauce is ready. Drain the spaghetti using a colander. Place drained spaghetti on a large platter and spoon Marinara sauce over the top. Sprinkle ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese over the top, and serve immediately. This recipe makes a *large* amount of spaghetti, but it is still excellent when reheated the next day! I like to serve it with heated French or Italian bread, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping the bread, and a green salad alongside! Buon Appetito !–Betty 

 

 

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Meatball Sub Sandwich Recipe

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Ingredients:

Pizza Sauce Recipe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdGbtdg-A7U

1 foot long roll
500g beef mince
½ finely diced onion
1 tbs chopped oregano leaves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Oil
1 handful of shredded pizza cheese or 1 tbs parmesan for meatballs
1 handful of shredded pizza cheese for on top
Various other salads/toppings of your choice.

I hope you enjoy! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Beef, Sandwich

 

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Betty’s Pasta with Tomato and Zucchini Sauce

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Pasta with Tomato and Zucchini Sauce. I used penne pasta and topped it with a wonderful tomato sauce made with zucchini and other vegetables.

Ingredients:

8-oz. uncooked pasta (I used penne pasta, but you may use the pasta of your choice.)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 additional teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium to large zucchini, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
(2) 14.5-oz. cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained (I used stewed tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic, and oregano.)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

In a large pot, bring at least 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When the water is boiling, add 8-oz. uncooked penne pasta, and cook, according to package instructions. Drain. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil and mix well. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add 1 sliced zucchini, 1 chopped onion, and 1 minced clove of garlic. Saute about 4 minutes, until onion is clear. Spoon sautéed vegetables into a large bowl and cover with aluminum foil. Set aside. Add (2) cans of Italian-style stewed tomatoes, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper to skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook for about 12 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in sautéed vegetables and ½ cup freshly chopped basil. Place cooked penne pasta on a large serving platter. Spoon tomato and zucchini sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese. Serve Pasta with Tomato and Zucchini Sauce along with Italian Bread with Cheese Topping (also in bettyskitchen). This is a healthy dish, and it tastes wonderful! I hope you enjoy it! –Betty 

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Pasta, Sauces

 

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