October 1, 2012
I’m really loving cooking vegetarian on Mondays. The challenge of eating meat-free one day a week, has me researching tasty entrees I probably wouldn’t try usually. This tortellini dish literally blew us away. I had my vegetarian friend over for dinner and she was also impressed.
I must say, the Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil really made this dish. It melded beautifully with the sharp bite of fresh garlic, the herbed pasta and the creamy goat cheese. This recipe should probably serve four, but Jim and I ate 3/4 of it between the two of us. The only thing that would have made it any better, would be a fresh loaf of french bread to sop up the delicious sauce left at the bottom of the bowl.
Fresh Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Parsley
- 1/3 cup Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne
- 1 lb. fresh cheese tortellini (I used herbed cheese from the Farmer’s Market)
- 1 lb. thin asparagus, trimmed of tough, woody stems, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (leave the tips whole)
- 1 cup thawed frozen peas
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian Parsley
- 2 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
- black pepper
- parmesan cheese, grated
In a covered pot, bring well-salted water to a boil over high heat. In a large pasta serving bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook the tortellini, asparagus, and peas in the boiling water until the tortellini is al dente, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and toss with the garlic-oil mixture. Add the pine nuts, mint, and goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts into a sauce, adding cooking water as needed to moisten the pasta. Season to taste with salt, pepper and parmesan and serve.
September 19, 2012
These little apps are great for tailgating or to serve while watching football. The name is especially appropriate for any Georgia Bulldog fans out there :0)
Depending on kick-off time, you can use breakfast sausage (pictured) or hot dogs. If you really want to get crazy, you can add cheese, onions or any others fillings you like. Either way, I promise these little guys will go fast!
Dawgs in a Blanket
- One package breakfast sausage
- Two packages of croissant rolls
Cook the sausages in a pan on the stove until browned. On a cutting board, lay out one uncooked croissant roll, lay a cooked sausage in the middle and roll up. Place the rolled dawgs on a baking sheet and bake according to directions on croissant package. Serve hot!
- College Football Rankings: Georgia Bulldogs Move Up To No. 5 (atlanta.sbnation.com)
September 2, 2012
The topic we were given for this week’s #SundaySupper was inspired by the Labor Day Holiday…and the cookout that comes along with a three-day weekend. I made these portabello paninis. Oh my God. These sandwiches are so delicious, you’ll want to eat five. And they are so easy, you won’t believe it. Simply whip up a quick batch of pesto, grill a few portabellos, place them on buns slathered with goat cheese and pesto…and WaLa! They’re ready to go back on the grill for about five minutes and dinner is served! To make them even easier, and so you can spend more time enjoying the long weekend, prepare the pesto ahead of time.
- 4 tbs pesto
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 4 medium portobello mushrooms, stemmed and wiped clean
- 4 soft, round, whole wheat rolls
- 8 tbs goat cheese
Heat the grill (or a panini maker, if making indoors).
Brush the mushrooms with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put them on the grill (or press) and grill for about four minutes.
Meanwhile, open the whole wheat rolls and spread pesto on the bottom half and dollap the goat cheese on the top half.
Once you pull the portabellos off the grill, place them on the pesto-smeared bun and place the goat cheese-smear bun on top. Spray the top and bottom sides of the bun with olive oil (I love to use my Misto) and place back on the grill for about five minutes. If grilling, flip the burger about halfway through so the buns get grill marks on both sides.Pull off the grill and serve! (And try not to let everyone know how little effort it took to make such a delicious dish!
Check out all the Labor Day inspired recipes from the #SundaySupper community below!
Starters & Snacks
Salads & Sides
August 14, 2012
This easy recipe is the perfect starting point for any dish featuring fried chicken breasts. You can top it with a melted lemon, butter, caper sauce to make it a schnitzel (which is what I did), slice it and toss with greens for a salad with crunch or throw in between buns for a classic chicken sandwich, with pickles, of course. I prefer to buy the thin cutlets instead of pounding them out myself. This shaves about 10 minutes from your prep time and allows you to get dinner on the table that much quicker. However you choose to serve it, this basic recipe calls for just a few ingredients that you’re bound to have in your cabinets, which makes it the perfect go-to week night meal when you think your only option is delivery!
Panko Crusted Chicken
- ½ cup flour
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
- 1 pound package of thinly pounded boneless, skinless chicken cutlets
- Salt and pepper
- ½ cup canola oil
- Set flour, eggs and panko in three separate shallow bowls. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the eggs and coat thoroughly with the panko.
- In a large skillet, heat canola oil. Add the chicken and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.