Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Borrowed from Gino D'Acampo Chicken recipe

Chicken with melted mozzarella and tomato pizza sauce


4 medium, skinless, boneless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 x 125g mozzarella balls, drained and finely sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crispy Italian salad to serve


Using a sharp knife, slash each chicken breast four times, cutting through to the middle of the breast.  Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the garlic and the chicken over a medium heat for 2 minutes on each side until golden all over.

Pour in the chopped tomatoes and oregano and season with salt and pepper.  Cook uncovered over a medium heat for 8 minues.  Halfway through the cooking, turn the breasts.  meanwhile pre-heat the grill to it's highest setting.

Remove the pan from the heat and place the sliced mozzarella on top of the chicken breasts.  Grind over some black pepper and place the pan under the grill for about 1 minute or until the cheese starts to melt.

To serve, pour some of the tomato sauce into the middle of 4 serving plates.  Top with the chicken breast and enjoy with a side salad.

PS....I didn't use the grill as mine makes the kitchen smokey, so I just popped them in the oven (in an ovenproof dish) at 180C for about 20 minutes.

Monday, 9 February 2015

A simple spring salad for lunch

Good quality mozarella cheese cut into slices
A large beef tomato cut into similar size slices
A little gem lettuce washed....leave the leaves whole
Baby potatoes, with or without skin to your preference
A boiled egg or two peeled and cut into quarters
Half a cucumber, washed and semi peeled, cut into chunks

Put the lettuce leaves on a plate first, followed by cucumber, potatoes and boiled eggs.  On the other half of the plate, layer the tomato slices with the cheese slices as shown in the photograph.

Can be served with:
French dressing plus salt and pepper
Extras could include:
Cooked or tinned green beans
Chopped anchovies
Basil leaves