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Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Two, New Roasted Chicken Salads

2014-08-18 15.01.332014-08-18 15.01.04                    These two recipes will have you thinking differently from the traditional ways of making chicken salad. I start off with roasting the chicken off. I have 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts that I place on 2 baking sheets. Drizzle the chicken with some olive oil, and a good sprinkling of Kosher salt, and pepper. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until internal temp is 165 degrees and then set them out to cool before removing the bone, skin, and dicing them into large chunks.

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                         The next step is two have two large bowls to which I add different flavorings too.

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In one bowl I add 1 cup of sliced halved grapes, 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup of golden raisins, 1 cup of chopped fresh arugula, the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, 1/4 cup of finely diced red onion, 2 ribs of celery diced small, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. In the second bowl I add 1 mango diced, 1/4 cup of finely diced red onion, 1/2 cup of thinly sliced green onions, 1 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup of toasted slivered almonds. The other ingredient that I added to my chicken salad have a Latin flare, was to add 1 cup of cooled, sauteed, Puerto Rican style Chorizo that I had chopped into bite size pieces. This particular brand is similar to the cured Spanish style of Chorizo, and that would work just fine. This is totally optional, but if you like a bit of heat, and depth of flavor in there, this works really well. Finally a teaspoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Now except for one last ingredient I add to each bowl.

2014-08-18 14.16.092014-08-18 14.16.27                                                  Now in the first bowl and I did not add any fresh juice. That’s because I add 1 cup of fresh salsa, and that already has lime juice in it. The second bowl I add some fresh basil pesto (store bought if perfectly fine in this), about 2-3 tablespoons. So you can see that these two chicken salads will have to very different tastes. Next, I divide the diced roasted chicken in half, adding half to each of the bowls.

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Finally I add the mayo to each of them. This may vary a little due to the juice from the salsa, in the one, and the fresh lemon juice in the other. What I’m saying here is start with a half a cup of mayo and then mix it all together, see if it’s the right consistency for you. You can always add a bit more but you can’t take it out, if you’ve added too much. No one wants a running chicken salad right?

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The two varieties of chicken salad are so delicious even though they taste completely different.

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Roasted Pesto Pork Sandwiches With Rosemary And Garlic Potato Wedges

Pesto Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Rosemary Garlic Potato Wedges

When I thought about what would make the ultimate sandwich, I knew sliced Roasted Pesto Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches would be perfect. To have alongside the sandwiches, my Rosemary And Garlic Potato Wedges.

I’m a huge fan of fresh basil pesto, recently available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. The name of the brand is called Buitoni Pesto. Now, I love to make my own pesto, when I have time, but for a weeknight meal, this store-bought fresh pesto works in a pinch and it’s really delicious.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, cast iron skillet, 12-inch sauté pan, large mixing bowl
Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 pork tenderloin, cut in half
4 strips of bacon, cut in half, cooked
4 tablespoons of basil pesto, a 7-ounce container of Buitoni Pesto
6-small red-skinned potatoes (or Red Bliss potatoes) skins on, cut into wedges
1/4 cup olive oil
2 clove of garlic, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 loaf of Cuban bread
1/4-pound of Deli-sliced Fontina cheese sliced in half, diagonally
2 large heirloom tomatoes, thick slices
1/2 a red onion, half moons thinly sliced
1 cup of arugula, divided
1/2 stick of softened unsalted butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Carefully place the 4 strips of bacon, that had been cut in half into the hot skillets. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side then flip and brown the second side. Time may vary depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Turn the heat off and transfer the bacon onto a plate lined with paper towel. Set aside.

Start by cutting the tenderloin in half. Place the two halves onto a baking sheet. Spoon on 2 tablespoons of the pesto on each half. Massage the pesto all over the pork, transfer to the frig to marinate for 1 hour.

While that’s happening cut the potatoes into wedges, lay them out onto a baking sheet add a 1/4 cup of olive oil, fresh chopped rosemary leaves, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh black pepper. Using your hands toss the potatoes so everything is coated well with the oil, rosemary, and seasonings. Spread the potatoes into one even layer. Transfer the potato wedges to the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Halfway through, turn the potatoes to ensure they’ll be golden brown on both sides. Immediately sprinkle the hot potatoes wedges with Kosher salt to taste.

When the potatoes are 3/4’s of the way done cooking remove the pork from the frig and bring to room temperature.

Once the potatoes are in out of the oven, leave the oven at the same temperature, The pork will take no longer than 11 minutes to cook or an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Adjust the oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

Cut the Cuban bread in half and then again in half lengthwise. Slathered both sides with butter, place them onto a baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until a light golden brown. Once the bread comes out of the oven spread one side of each half with the remaining pesto. Next, add the arugula, the sliced pork, then the bacon, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and finally the Fontina cheese. Place the top on and slice in half on the bias.

There you have it. The ultimate pork sandwich with roasted rosemary, garlic potato wedges!

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