Penne Marinara With Sautéed Zucchini and Fresh Mozzarella

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Ingredients:

1 lb. penne (your choice)

2 large zucchini (cut into mini-cubes)

1 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella (shredded)

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

2 tbsp. olive oil

parmesan cheese

marinara sauce or tomato sauce

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, put olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic for a minute and then add zucchini.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir frequently. Cook until tender. (about 5 minutes)
  3. Cook pasta to desired taste. Drain well.
  4. Add sauce on top of pasta. Put shredded mozzarella and zucchini on top.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Serve hot.

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes With Roasted Garlic

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Take one bulb of garlic and put it on aluminum foil. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and sea salt. Wrap up and bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Ingredients:
2 whole tomatoes (sliced) (keep refrigerated)
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced)
5 basil leaves (chopped)
sea salt
5 tbs. olive oil
3 cloves of cooked garlic
Directions:
1. On a platter, place sliced tomatoes and mozzarella. Sprinkle chopped basil and a little sea salt on top. (see photo)
2. In a food processor, put olive oil and cooked garlic (3 cloves). Beat for about a minute.
3. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
*You can keep the remaining bulb of garlic in the refrigerator.

 

 

Chicken Parmesan With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Ingredients:
4 large boneless chicken breasts (about 1/2 inch thick)
2 dozen cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)
4 slices fresh mozzarella (1/4 inch slices)
1 garlic clove (chopped)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp. dry parsley
salt and pepper
olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken cutlets. In a skillet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Brown chicken cutlets on both sides for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet.
2. In a baking pan put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Bake cutlets for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and put fresh mozzarella slices on top. Return to oven for 5-8 minutes until cheese melts. (Chicken should be white on the inside when done.)
3. In a skillet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Brown garlic. Add cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red pepper flakes (optional) and parsley. Cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Pour on top of chicken cutlets and serve.
Serve hot. Serves 4 people.

Fall Dinner Choice: Chicken Bruschetta

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Ingredients:

4 thick chicken cutlets (1/2 inch thick)

4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

2 vine tomatoes (diced)

1 small red onion (chopped)

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Put 2 tbs. of olive oil in a skillet. When oil heats, put in garlic. When garlic browns, add 1 tbs. of balsamic vinegar. Stir with a spoon. Add chicken cutlets to the pan. Cook on each side for 5-7 minutes. (depending on thickness of cutlets) You can cut the chicken to see that it is white in the middle. Remove chicken and keep covered.

2. In a bowl, add tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add 1 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of balsamic vinegar. Mix well.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Get a baking pan. Coat the bottom of the pan with 1 tbs. of olive oil. Place chicken cutlets in pan. Put a slice of mozzarella on each cutlet. Spoon tomato mixture evenly on top of all cutlets. Bake in oven for 5-7 minutes until mozzarella melts.

Serve warm. Serves 2-4 people. (Depends how hungry you are.)

Back To School Sandwiches

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Grilled Chicken With Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Ingredients:

4 thick boneless chicken breasts (thin enough for a sandwich)

2 large tomatoes (sliced)

1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced)

4 pieces of fresh basil

olive oil (to drizzle over tomatoes)

sea salt

Directions:

1. Marinate chicken breasts with your favorite marinade. (a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar is always good)

2. Grill chicken on each side for 5-6 minutes. (Chicken should be white on the inside when cooked.)

3. On your favorite bread, layer tomatoes and mozzarella on the grilled chicken. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Drizzle a little olive oil on the tomatoes. Put a basil leaf on top.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

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Turkey Munster Focaccia Sandwich

 

Ingredients:

focaccia bread (enough for 4 sandwiches)

1/2 lb. sliced ham

1/2 lb. sliced munster cheese

1/2 cup fresh spinach (rinsed and drained)

1/2 cup roasted red peppers (sliced)

2 tbs.olive oil

1 tbs. balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Cut focaccia into thick slices.

2. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well.

3. Drizzle a little oil on each slice of bread.

4. Layer ham, munster cheese, fresh spinach and roasted red peppers.

5. Put together and enjoy.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

Chicken Parmesan

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Ingredients:

8 thin slices chicken cutlets

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups fresh ricotta cheese

1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced into 8 thin slices)

sea salt

4 fresh basil leaves (chopped)

olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet put 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook chicken cutlets on both sides for about 3 minutes each.
In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with tomato sauce. Place cooked cutlets in pan. Put a little tomato sauce on top of each cutlet.
Put a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese on top of each cutlet. Spread the ricotta evenly on top.
Put a slice of mozzarella on top of each cutlet. Sprinkle with sea salt and basil. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted.

Cold Antipasto

Ingredients:
2 large eggplants (slices 1/4 inch thick)
2 large yellow peppers (sliced and seeds removed)
2 large beefsteak tomatoes (sliced)
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup fresh basil (pieces)
olive oil
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
1. In a skillet add 3 tbs. of olive oil. Brown garlic and add eggplant and peppers. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Cook until tender and remove. (You can drain eggplant and peppers on paper towels, if you wish.) Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. On a platter, arrange each row with a slice of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Repeat the process on the whole platter. Put basil on top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Serve cold. *Serves 6