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.

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Cold Antipasto

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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

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.)

Chicken and French Fry Parmesan

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Ingredients:

8 chicken cutlets

1/2 lb French fries (potatoes)

fresh mozzarella (8 slices)

tomato sauce

sea salt and black pepper

2 egg whites beaten

2 cups bread crumbs

olive oil

Directions:

1. Dip chicken cutlets in egg whites. Then coat cutlets with bread crumbs.

2. In a large skillet, put 1/4 cup of olive oil. Fry cutlets on each side for about 3 minutes each. Turn so they don’t burn. Remove and put to the side.

3. For the French fries, you can buy frozen and bake them. If not, get 4 large potatoes and slice into shape of fries. Sprinkle with sea salt and coat with olive oil. Put on a baking pan and bake in a 400 degree oven, and bake for about 25 minutes. (until crisp and tender) *Note: It’s faster to bake the frozen ones.

4. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with tomato sauce. Put cutlets in pan. Put some sauce on each cutlet. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.

5. Layer five or six fries on each cutlet and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese. (see photo)

6. In a preheated 400 degree oven, put cutlets in oven for about 5-7 minutes to heat through. You also want the mozzarella well melted.

Grilled Stacked Vegetables

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Ingredients:

2 large eggplant (skin removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 large zucchinis (sliced 1/4 inch thick)

3 large red bell peppers (seeds removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 1/2 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced thin)

6 pieces fresh basil

olive oil

sea salt

Directions:

1. Brush all vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

2. Grill all vegetables until tender. Set to the side.

3. Begin to stack vegetables and mozzarella. (Eggplant, Zucchini, Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini and Mozzarella on top)

4. In a food processor, put 3 tbs. of olive oil and basil. Put in food processor. Beat for a minute.

5. Drizzle olive oil on top of cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Put a little olive oil in a baking pan. Put all stacked vegetables in pan.

7. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot.

Rolled Lasagna

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Ingredients:

1 lb. lasagna (at least 10 slices)

3 cups fresh ricotta cheese

2 cups fresh mozzarella (shredded)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 cups tomato sauce (homemade suggested)

1 large egg white (beaten)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. fresh parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. In a large pot of boiling water, boil lasagna for about 10 minutes. Read directions on box for exact time. Drain well, when done.

2. In  large bowl, mix ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, egg white, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix well.

3. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with 1 cup of tomato sauce.

4. Take a piece of lasagna and lie on a flat surface. Put 2 tbs. of ricotta mixture on top. Spread ricotta evenly on lasagna slice. Roll up  lasagna slice. (see picture)

5. Place each lasagna roll in baking dish. You can put a little more sauce on top evenly. Also, sprinkle a little additional cheese on top.

6. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 5 minutes.  Serve hot.

Mr. C.’s Spaghetti Pie With Ricotta, Mozzarella and Pepperoni

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Ingredients:
1 lb. cooked spaghetti
1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta
1 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella (shredded)
1 cup thinly sliced pepperoni
2 eggs (beaten)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1, Boil spaghetti to desired tatse. Drain, pour cold water over spaghetti. Drain well.
2. In a large bowl mix ricotta, mozzarella, pepperoni, a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
3. Mix the beaten egg into the cooled spaghetti. In a large frying pan, put olive oil. Put half the spaghetti in pan. Put all ricotta, mozarella, pepperoni mixture on top. Spread it out.
4. Put remaining spaghetti on top.
5. On a medium heat, cook on one side for 10-12 minutes. After 8-10 minutes, using a dish, flip over and put back in pan. Cook on other side for another 8-10 minutes. You want it to be crispy on the outside. (See picture) Serve hot.
Optional: If you have a cast iron pan, you can bake it in the oven. 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes.