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Zuppa Toscana

I have missed you all! I hope that your Thanksgiving Day was spectacular, filled with delicious food, cherished moments with loved ones and football of course!

Sadly, it seems like it has been a lifetime since I have posted anything. I truly enjoy this website, it means a lot to me. However, this past month has been incredibly busy for several different reasons and despite my efforts to find the time to blog, it hasn’t happened. I had so many wonderful recipes I was excited to share for Thanksgiving 😦 which I will saved for next year…

Zuppa Toscana, is an Italian soup (which happens to be a favorite of my girls & myself) that is full of sausage, sweet onions, potatoes, and the star of the bowl, kale. This soup does have cream added to it, but it is not a heavy soup, the base is made with chicken stock with a small amount of cream added at the end. I usually would have used milk, as I commonly don’t keep heavy cream on hand, but I had some leftover from turkey day therefore I added on the richness and the calories!

I would also like to add that I have a long way to go with my photography skills, and I try my best, but I find it almost impossible to take a good (or even decent) picture of soup. Over the past six months I have probably snapped 200 shots of different soups, and not one has been even okay. But, I really wanted to jump back into my blog and this soup was what was on the menu. If any of you have any tricks or suggestions, I would love to hear it! Thanks.

Zuppa Toscana

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet Italian chicken sausage (hot sausage would be great as well)
  • 2 large Idaho potatoes
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 12-16 ounces of chopped kale
  • 3 cans of all natural chicken broth 14.5 oz each
  • 1/2 pound bacon cook and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of heavy cream or milk
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions

  • Add vegetable oil to a hot Dutch oven or heavy pot (med-high heat) brown and crumble sausage  remove from pot
  • Dice onions and potatoes add to sausage drippings cook 10-12 minutes
  • Add garlic to potatoes and onions
  • Pour chicken stock and water into pot bring to a boil and then reduce heat
  • Add salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, parsley, bacon & sausage
  • Check the tenderness of your potatoes, when tender add cream and kale cook until thoroughly heated and slightly wilted
  • Once the cream is added do not boil, the cream will separate
  • Serve with parmesan cheese as a garnish
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Appetizers, Cheese, Chicken, Pork, Soups, Veggies

 

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Tomato Cobbler

Tomato Cobbler

I cannot pinpoint the exact reason it took me so long to make this savory tomato cobbler. Learn from my mistake, do not wait to make this. The biscuits are full of cheesy, hearty goodness with a crispy top and melt-in-your-mouth body. The Gruyère is the perfect accompaniment to the juicy little tomatoes (which are oh so delicious!), the caramalized onions, the garlic & rosemary all work in harmony. * The only change I made to the recipe was swapping the rosemary for thyme and only because I didn’t have thyme, and you just can’t skip on the herbs.*  I also want to point out that it calls for 3 pounds of tomatoes, not 3 cups! I misread the ingredients the first go-round. One pint of grape tomatoes weighs 10 ounces, so you will need approximately 5 pints. I know it seems like a lot of tomatoes, but it makes a massive amount of delicious food.

I love tomatoes, they are a staple in our home. It’s safe to say we eat tomatoes everyday. I cannot think of a recipe, that has cooked tomatoes in it, that is better! This one takes the cake (or should I say cobbler), it is my new favorite side!  I am anxious to make this for our Thanksgiving Day dinner. Actually, I should probably make two because I know most of us will be making a trip for seconds. This savory cobbler will undoubtedly impress your family or guests at the dinner table. It is definitely worth the time it takes to prepare it. I found that my cooking time was significantly less, by about 25 minutes. I would keep an eye on it after about the 40 minute mark. * Note to self, check the accuracy of the temp in my oven*  This dish would also be a hit at any office party or your next “bring a dish” gathering, as it reheats well. Thanks to Annie, of Annie’s-Eats  who posted this scrumptious recipe last month! I would love to hear from you, let me know what you think!

tomaot cobbler

Ingredients
For the filling
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 medium yellow
onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh thyme
3 lbs. cherry or grape tomatoes
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
1½ tsp. coarse salt
Pinch of black pepper

For the biscuit topping
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
1½ cups heavy cream

Directions
To prepare the filling, combine the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions
and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked down and caramelized, about 20-25
minutes.  Stir in the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes
more.  Remove from the heat and let cool.

Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, tomatoes, flour, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
To make the biscuit topping, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a
medium bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the
mixture is crumbly and small clumps form. I used my hands, since I don’t have a pastry blender and the knife trick doesn’t work for me. Mix in the cheese.  Stir in the cream
with a fork until a sticky dough forms and the dry ingredients are
incorporated.

Transfer the tomato mixture to a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  Using a large ice cream scoop or a ¼-cup measure, drop clumps of the biscuit dough evenly over the tomato mixture.  Sprinkle the top with
additional grated cheese.  Bake until the tomatoes are bubbling and the biscuits
are golden, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Let cool 20 minutes before serving.

Source: Annie’s Eats via Martha Stewart Living July 2011 via Pink Parsley Catering

 

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Chicken Parmesan

My lovely sister-in-law, Kelly, shared this recipe last week. As soon as I read the ingredients I knew it was a must cook! I have made ‘Chicken Parmesan’ many times. Not once, has it ever turned out as delicious as this recipe did. I think that the garden fresh tomatoes play a big role in the final product, however, I tried it tonight with the canned alternative and it was still fabulous! This dish has layers of flavors and textures. The pasta, al dente; chunky tomatoes and herbs create a sauce leaving nothing to be desired; crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle chicken breasts are the focal point of this dish, finish it off with melted mozzarella and parmesan! Whalla! You now have Chicken Parm Deliciousousness 🙂 Yes, that should be a Webster addition!

Thank you Kelly for sharing such a great dish!

This is the greatest
Chicken Parmesan ever!!

For the sauce:

7-8 garden tomatoes (if you don’t have garden tomatoes, I would suggest using 1
large can of crushed tomatoes and 1-2 cans of diced tomatoes)

1/2 tsp salt

dash pepper

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 yellow onion, diced

2 Tbsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1/2 tsp. sugar

salt and pepper to taste

1 small can tomato sauce

For the Chicken:

3 chicken breasts (pounded flat)

2 eggs, beaten

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 c. Panko bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. italian seasoning

1/4 c. parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

6 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese

1 lb. spaghetti

If you are using fresh tomatoes, peel them and mash them with a potato masher
in a medium-sized bowl. Add salt and pepper, set aside. Heat a little vegetable
oil in a large skillet and saute onion and garlic. When onions are clear, add
the smashed tomatoes. Add basil, oregano, parsley, sugar, salt and pepper and
bring to a good rolling simmer. Add tomato sauce (to thicken it up a little
bit). It still may seem a little watery, but trust me, it thickens up quite a
bit after it simmers. Reduce heat a little and simmer uncovered for at least an
hour, stirring occasionally.

About 20 minutes prior to serving. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and add beaten
egg and garlic. Smash all the air out of the bag, seal tightly, then work the
the chicken around a little bit so it is covered in egg. On a plate or pie pan,
combine bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Heat some oil
on medium heat in another large skillet. Remove chicken from egg mixture and
press into the bread crumbs. When covered in bread crumbs, add the chicken to
the oil brown on each side.

Place chicken on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375-degrees for
about 12 minutes or until no longer pink. In the meantime, cook spaghetti to al
dente. Remove chicken from oven, add 2 slices of cheese per chicken breast,
then return to the oven for about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Layer on
individual plates: spaghetti, sauce, then chicken.

The homemade tomato sauce is the key with fresh
tomatoes!! Enjoy!!

For the sauce:

7-8 garden tomatoes (if you don’t have garden tomatoes, I would suggest using 1
large can of crushed tomatoes and 1-2 cans of diced tomatoes)

1/2 tsp salt

dash pepper

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 yellow onion, diced

2 Tbsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1/2 tsp. sugar

salt and pepper to taste

1 small can tomato sauce

For the Chicken:

3 chicken breasts (pounded flat)

2 eggs, beaten

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 c. Panko bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. italian seasoning

1/4 c. parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

6 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese

1 lb. spaghetti

Garnish with fresh basil sliced basil

If you are using fresh tomatoes, peel them and mash them with a potato masher
in a medium-sized bowl. Add salt and pepper, set aside. Heat a little vegetable
oil in a large skillet and saute onion and garlic. When onions are clear, add
the smashed tomatoes. Add basil, oregano, parsley, sugar, salt and pepper and
bring to a good rolling simmer. Add tomato sauce (to thicken it up a little
bit). It still may seem a little watery, but trust me, it thickens up quite a
bit after it simmers. Reduce heat a little and simmer uncovered for at least an
hour, stirring occasionally.

About 20 minutes prior to serving. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and add beaten
egg and garlic. Smash all the air out of the bag, seal tightly, then work the
the chicken around a little bit so it is covered in egg. On a plate or pie pan,
combine bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Heat some oil
on medium heat in another large skillet. Remove chicken from egg mixture and
press into the bread crumbs. When covered in bread crumbs, add the chicken to
the oil brown on each side.

Place chicken on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375-degrees for
about 12 minutes or until no longer pink. In the meantime, cook spaghetti to al
dente. Remove chicken from oven, add 2 slices of cheese per chicken breast,
then return to the oven for about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Layer on
individual plates: spaghetti, sauce, then chicken. Garnish with fresh basil.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Chicken, Pasta

 

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