Friday, May 25, 2012

Chef Chuck's Chicken Bacon Sandwich

Pollo e Pancetta Panino

A satisfying chicken and bacon sandwich, perfect for the holiday weekend.  I tenderized the chicken breast cutlet then dipped it in an egg bath and Italian seasoned breadcrumbs. Perfectly fried, topped off with a slice of provolone cheese, crisp grilled bacon, roasted red peppers and grilled zucchini.  The dressing was a mayo basil spread and I chose a ciabatta roll to contain all this goodness!

Chicken Bacon Sandwich

4 chicken breast cutlets
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
vegetable oil
4 slices provolone cheese
red roasted peppers
1 zucchini, sliced thin
8 slices bacon
mayo
a few basil leaves
salt and pepper
olive oil

Wash and pat dry chicken, beat egg in a shallow bowl add salt and pepper.  In another shallow bowl add breadcrumbs.  Dip chicken in egg then breadcrumbs, set aside.  Grill bacon, set aside, grill zucchini and brush olive oil, salt and pepper on each slice.  Heat oil in a frying pan and cook chicken about 3 minutes on each side.  Mix mayo and chopped basil together.  Now it's time to assemble sandwich, first spread mayo on both sides of roll add chicken, provolone, red pepper, bacon and zucchini.
Makes 4 sandwiches.
Ricette by Chef Chuck's Cucina









Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chef Chuck's Baked Pasta


Pasta al Forno

I chose mostaccioli pasta for this springtime baked pasta dish.  Garden fresh steamed green beans along with sauteed plump grape tomatoes were coated with a ricotta mixture and baked to perfection.  A great way to get the kids to eat vegetables, just pair some with a baked pasta dish.

Baked Pasta

1 pound mostaccioli pasta
2 cups fresh green beans
1 cup grape tomatoes
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup parmigiano cheese, grated
1 egg
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, whole paper on
salt and pepper

Wash and cut green beans to about 1 inch,  steam for a few minutes, set aside.  In a bowl combine ricotta, parmigiano, egg, parsley, salt and pepper, set aside.  In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta till al dente.  In a large frying pan heat olive oil add garlic saute for 1 minute remove and discard.  Add tomatoes and green beans saute for a few minutes, then stir in pasta and cheese.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees butter a baking dish and bake pasta for 20 minutes.
Ricette by Chef Chuck's Cucina