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Chicken Milanese- Updated


 

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Chicken Milanese is my favorite of all my dishes. The idea of warm chicken on top of a cool, crisp green salad and  lightly dressed with lemon juice and olive oil and shaved pieces of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, makes me, well….CRAZY

All Chicken Milanese is, is a breaded chicken cutlet that’s been shallow fried in olive oil. My grandmother had her method, she would dip the chicken breasts  in beaten eggs that had been seasoned, and then the chicken would be dredged in Italian bread crumbs.  I’ve updated that a bit.

To make the best fried chicken, chicken should be marinated in buttermilk, for a couple of hours or overnight, as a first step. It really tenderizes the chicken and then, of course, a flour or breading would follow.  I’ve decided to use a seasoned Greek yogurt as a first step then follow that up with the breading. It makes the chicken so tender and the spices really permeate the meat. Then I follow up with the breading.

I’m a really big fan of grilled chicken on top of a Caesar salad, so that gave me this idea! I’m using my favorite brand of a creamy chicken Caesar dressing as a marinate for my Milanese. The spices are already in the dressing, and I love the flavor of a Caesar dressing. This will make a great marinate and tenderizer for the chicken cutlets.

 

 

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Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: Min- 2 hour- Max overnight
Total Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
Equipment: Baking sheet and rack

Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 pound of chicken cutlets (breasts)
1-16 ounce bottle of creamy Caesar dressing
2-1/2 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup of freshly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley (2 tablespoons of dried)
2 packages of prewashed mixed greens
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 lemons
1/4 cup of E.V.O.O.
Kosher salt
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
In a large bowl, marinate chicken cutlets in 1 bottle of Creamy Caesar dressing. Note: Make sure each on the the cutlets are coated on both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the frig for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray rack with non-stick cooking spray.

Take the chicken out of the frig. Pour the bread crumbs into a large bowl, then dredge each breast in the bread crumbs. Once they are breaded, set them onto the baking sheet fitted with rack.

Preheat large saute pan on medium heat. Carefully add in the olive oil, tilting the pan away from you. Make sure the bottom of the pan is covered in oil. Once the oil has come up to temperature, ( you can test this by just submerging the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil. If you notice the oil bubbling, surrounding the tip of the handle, the oil is ready.) carefully add the breaded chicken to the pan. Do not overcrowd the cutlets. You may have to do this shallow frying in batches and possibly add more olive oil. Pan fry about 2-3 minutes per side, just enough to get a golden brown color on both sides.

Transfer golden brown cutlets back onto the baking sheet fitted with the rack. Transfer the chicken to the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through. Internal temperature 165 degrees F.

To serve:
Divide the mixed greens onto 4 salad plates. Squeeze about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over each salad. Drizzle each with a couple of tablespoons of e.v.o.o.  Sprinkle each salad with salt and pepper. Using a potato peeler, shave a few shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano over each salad. Top each of the cold crisp salads with 2 of the hot pieces of the Chicken Milanese.  Take the remaining lemon and squeeze some of the juice over all of the chicken. Serve immediately and enjoy!!!

 

 

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Chicken Tagine


 

Chicken Tagine (2)

This is a traditional Moroccan, and regional north African dish. The Tagine, above, can be compared to a Dutch oven.  Similar to the Dutch oven, it has a heavy bottom pot for the ingredients to rest in, evenly retains heat, and allows for condensation of water to rise to the top, of this pyramid shaped tight fitting lid, and slowly come back down to the bottom where the food is placed. This lets the food cook low and slow. It’s stove top and oven safe.

I want to note that, in most cases, Dutch oven are usually made of cast iron and then covered with an enamel coating. The Tagine is made of ceramic and makes it slightly different when talking about preheating the pot.  It’s REALLY important that there is always something in the Tagine, like oil, and you start it out on a low heat to start.

The unique spice profile, the preserved lemons, and green olives add a perfect balance to this braised chicken dish.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
Total Cook Time: 1-1/2 hours
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil ( or a neutral flavored oil)
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
2 inch piece of freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon cumin seeds lightly crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 a heaping cup of sliced preserved lemon peels
1/4 heaping cup of pitted sliced green olives
1 large pinch of saffron threads
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cups peeled butternut squash and cut into 1-1/2 inch chunks
2-1/4 cups of unsalted chicken stock
1 heaping tablespoon Agave nectar
2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro leaves

Directions:
Due to the height of the Tagine, you may need to remove top rack from the oven. The Tagine should be placed in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. You can use a Dutch oven to make this dish.

Season all 8 thighs with Kosher salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil to the bottom pan of the Tagine. Start heating the pan on med- low heat. Place 4 of the chicken thighs skin side down and then turn the heat up to medium. Do this in two batches so not to overcrowd the chicken thighs. Once both batches have been browned nicely, about 10-12 minutes, remove the chicken and set aside. Drain all fat from the bottom of the Tagine dish.

Lower the heat back to med-low and add the 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil.  Add the shallots to the pan. Cook until golden brown all over. Add the garlic and grated ginger and cook for about 30 seconds before adding the cinnamon sticks and all the spices. Cook for 1 minute more.

Throw in the butternut squash into the pan and stir to coat completely with the spices. Arrange the chicken thighs, skin-side up, on the top of the squash and shallots. Pour over the chicken stock. Drizzle in the Agave nectar. Spread the sliced olives and preserved lemons all over the top. Bring all this up to a gentle simmer, place the Tagine lid on and transfer to oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until tender.

Once the dish is done, remove the lid, scatter chopped cilantro over the top. This dish pairs beautifully with your favorite couscous recipe.

 

 

 

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast


 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Pot Roast cooked low and slow brings back some of your best childhood memories. You remember, Sunday afternoons, the house filling up with those wonderful aromas. Dinner time couldn’t come quick enough!!!

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I always use organic carrots with their leafy tops. When the tops are in place, the carrots remain fresh. One bunch is all you’ll need for this dish.

Starting out by searing the meat is essential. This method locks in the juices during the cooking process as well as to give a nice outer crust. Once the meat has been seared really well on both sides, what’s left in the bottom of the skillet are delicious bits that shouldn’t be wasted. These bits are flavor.  They are easy to remove and should be used in the dish that you’re making.

Using 1/2 cup of unsalted beef stock, I was able to deglaze the cast iron skillet and get all those delicious bits off from the bottom of the pan. That’s what I have here in the bowl above. I’ll explain that in more detail below.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5- 5-1/2 hours (on high)
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 7 quart slow cooker

Ingredients:
4-1/2 pound chuck roast, seared
2 large sweet onions, large dice
1 bunch of carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
5 cloves of halved garlic cloves
1-15 ounce can, fire roasted tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 medium size Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
1-10-1/2 ounce can beef consomme
reserved 1/2 cup beef stock from the deglazing
2 cups unsalted beef stock
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
Note: Make sure the meat is a room temperature. Liberally season the roast on both sides with Kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and garlic powder. Add  1 tablespoon of Canola oil to the skillet. Wipe thoroughly and evenly the inside, including the sides,  of the pan.  Preheat the skillet on med-high heat. Once the skillet begins to smoke, place the seasoned chuck roast into the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side then transfer the roast to a plate.

This is a great tip in making clean up, of your pans, much easier!  With the pan still hot, and still on med-high heat, add in 1/2 cup of unsalted beef stock. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up all those delicious bits from the bottom on the skillet. Transfer that liquid to a bowl and set aside.

In a 7 quart slow cooker, add in the quartered onions, cut carrots, garlic halves, Kosher salt, black pepper, dried oregano, tomato paste. Next, place the seared chuck roast on top of the veggies. Add the reserved deglazing liquid, beef consomme, and the unsalted beef stock. Place the lid on and set the time and temperature for 4 hours on high.

After the 4 hours has passed, carefully remove the tender roast. Using 2 forks, break the meat up into somewhat large chucks. Remove, if any, large pieces of fat. Return the meat back into the slow cooker. Add the quartered potatoes, and the fire roasted tomatoes. Place the lid back on set the timer for another 2 hours. Wait for another hour to pass and check to see if the potatoes are tender.  If not, continue cooking for another 30 minutes or until tender. Serve hot!

 

 

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Arugula Salad With Fried Herb Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions


Herb Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions!

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Aruguala Salad Herb Goat Cheese Medallions and Seared Scallops

Herb Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions

A simple cool crisp arugula salad with sliced red onion, fresh lemon juice and e.v.o.o. is perfect by itself. Now, when you top the salad with my warm herb crusted goat cheese medallions, that takes the salad to a whole new level.  Really delicious and simple to make. Let me show how I make these little gems.

Steve brought home half a pound of sea scallops. He asked me if I would pan sear a few of them for his salad. You know how it is, he just couldn’t wait to eat them. That’s why you see them in the picture. Anyway, back to the star of this show.

Chives

First I’m starting with my garlic chives. These will go into the breading along with dried parsley flakes.

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Yields: 4 servings
12 goat cheese Medallions -3 per salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time:  30 minutes
Cook Time:  about 10 minutes for all 9 rounds.
Total Time: 25 minutes
Note: Cook just until browned on both sides but not melted on the inside

Ingredients for salad
2 packages of pre-washed arugula
1/2 red onion sliced very thin
3 lemons juiced about 2 tablespoons per salad
E.V.O.O about 2 tablespoons per salad
Kosher salt, a sprinkle per salad
Fresh cracked black pepper, a pinch per salad

Fried Goat Cheese
1-11 once log of goat cheese sliced into 12 medallions
3 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons of minced chives
2 tablespoons of dried parsley flakes
1-1/2 cups of Panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil

 

Directions:
First, place the arugula and sliced red onion evenly divided into 4 salad bowls. Sprinkle each salad with salt and pepper. Cover each with plastic wrap and  place them into refrigerator to keep cold.

For the breading: Place the panko, chives, and dried parsley flakes to a large bowl.  Mix the fresh and dried herbs evenly throughout the Panko bread crumbs.

For the egg mixture, add to a bowl, 3 eggs, Kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Using a fork, beat the eggs and spices together. Remove the goat cheese from the frig and slice into 9 medallions.

Slice the goat  cheese into ( 1/2 inch thick) 9 medallions. Dip the goat cheese medallions, a few at a time, into the seasoned egg mixture.. Toss them through to coast. Next, transfer them into the Panko with herbs.

Place the breaded goat cheese onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once all of the medallions are breaded, place the baking sheet into the frig to chill and set for 30 minutes.

On medium heat, preheat a large saute pan. until hot. Carefully add the butter and olive oil and swish around the pan. Once melted, place the breaded goat cheese medallions into the pan. Spread them out giving each enough room to flip. You may need to do this in two batches. Cook the goat cheese medallions quickly on both sides until browned on the outside but mot melted inside.

Note: If cooking in two batches, add another tablespoon of butter and oil. Bring the melted oil and butter back up to temperature before adding in the second batch of breaded medallions.

To serve:  Squeeze lemon juice over each prepared salad.  Drizzle with the  e.v.o.o and toss.  Top each salad with 3 warm goat cheese medallions and serve immediately.

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