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Showing posts with label Balsamic vinegar. Show all posts

Monday, July 22, 2013

Caprese on a bun

I love Caprese Salad... tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese.. What is not to like.  My sweet Basil has been running wild.  I am drying some out as I can't use it fast enough.  This year I decided to plant it in a pot and place it outside.  It has gone like wild fire.  So yesterday as I was thinking what to make for my breakfast, lunch and dinner... Yes, I only ate once as I didn't get out of bed until mid afternoon... I thought of having a Caprese Salad.  Then I remembered that I had some cheese buns and thought why not put my salad on top of the bun and broil it... YUM it was so good.

Caprese on a Bun

I don't really have any amounts for this recipes. 
1 cheese bun cut in half
tomato slices (thin slice)
salt and pepper
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Croutons crumbled- I used Seasoned Croutons from New York Texas Toast (you could also use bread crumbs)
Fresh Basil
Pearl Mozzarella

Slice cheese bun in half and toast.  Once toasted, add tomato slices (I used about 3 per half).  Sprinkle Salt and Pepper to taste.  Add crouton crumbs.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add minced fresh basil and pearl mozzarella.  Place under broiler until mozzarella cheese is starting to melt and slightly brown.  Garnish with small amount of fresh basil  is wanted.  Enjoy.

I can't wait until I can get some fresh tomatoes from my garden to make this.  It was great with store bought tomatoes...  but will be absolutely amazing with fresh home grown tomatoes... I will be out every day looking at my tomatoes ~ you can count on that.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

May's #SurpriseRecipeSwap ~ Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

Surprise Recipe Swap

Do you find that the months go by faster and faster or is it just me.  I have been told that the older you get the faster the years go by and they weren't kidding.  It feels like I was just writing last month's SRS and here it is again time to write another post.  
I am always so good at going to the blog that I have been assigned to as soon as I get the name.  I scour through all the recipes, reading, writing them down so that I have an idea of what I am going to make.  I can usually narrow it down to about five recipes that I am wanting to make and then I put things away... And the days past by quickly.... and here it is the time to start writing and I have to first make my recipe.  Procrastinator that is what I am and I don't really think I will change.
This month I was lucky enough to get Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen.  I loved going through her blog, and finding new recipes.  I had never been over to Jaime's blog so everything was new.  I loved how she had it set up and I also loved how she indexed her recipes.. It was so easy to find them. To find all her great recipes, head over HERE.
The recipe I picked to make was Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken.  I, unlike Jaime was able to enjoy my preparation and also enjoy tasting the final product. There was no one else home but me to enjoy the final product as hubby is down state working.  I am sure he will enjoy this meal so I will be making it again.  My plans were to make this meal with spaghetti squash and I even made it but as it was cooking.. another thought came to mind.  Bruschetta needs to be eaten with bread.... RIGHT?  So, I decided to eat mine with chiabatta bread.  I had just bought some rolls when I was shopping and that made this perfect.

Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken on Ciabatta Bun

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic
2 chicken breast
4 roma tomatoes seeded and diced
1/3 cup onion ( I used red onion)
1/2  tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp basil (I used fresh)
1/2 tsp parsley (I used fresh)
grated Tillamook smoked black pepper white cheddar cheese
2 ciabatta buns
garlic butter (I just mixed some garlic powder and butter together)

Mix first 3 ingredients together (balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic) for marinade.  Put chicken breast in Ziploc bag and pour marinate over.  Marinate for as long as possible.  Mine were left to marinate for about 6 hours.  Bake in 375 degree oven until juices no longer are pink or until  chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Bruschetta -In separate bowl, mix tomatoes, onions, balsamic vinegar, oil and spices.
When chicken is done, I then place it in a pan with a small amount of oil and browned both sides, I then cut the chicken in half as they were thick pieces.
Top chicken with bruschetta and add grated cheese.  Place under broiler until cheese is melted.
While chicken is under the broiler, toast ciabatta buns.  Spread garlic butter over and add a couple of slices of cheese on the bun and melt under broiler.
Place balsamic bruschetta chicken on bun and enjoy.

This recipe was delicious.  The flavours were magnificent.  I did have a small amount of bruschetta left over but I will be eating that with my spaghetti squash that I made to eat with this meal.

If you would like to join this group, click on the button below and fill out the form.  Each month you will get a new blog to check out and you have to the 20th to decide and make your recipe.  It is a lot of fun and you meet new bloggers and gain new friends.  Check it out, Jutta from Hungry Little Girl does a wonderful job in arranging and making sure everything works.    

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Rosemary and Thyme Lime Chicken

As you know I have been trying very hard to stay on the Whole 30 Program.  I wrote how things were going on this program over at the Daily Dish Magazine, so I won't go through that again.  But I did want to share the chicken recipe with all of you.  I found this recipe over at Mom's Recipe Collection .
Mom's Recipe Collection is a facebook group and was started by Susan Harder.  It is a group of bloggers and home cooks from every walk of life and experience.  There are many recipes posted, along with tips and techniques.  It is a great place to ask questions if you have them as you get responses quickly.  You do have to ask to join the group and  has over 7,000 members and growing every day.  If you want to join, head over to Mom's Recipe Collection  and ask to join.

Rosemary and Thyme Lime Chicken

2-3 chicken breasts
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp lime peel
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp pepper
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp thyme 
Salsa either homemade or store bought - approximately 1 tbsp per breast - I used Salsa Me Krazy medium

In mixing bowl, add lime juice, lime peel, balsamic vinegar, pepper, rosemary and thyme.  Place chicken in ziplock bag and pour mixture over them.  Place them in the fridge to marinate for approximately 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place either aluminum foil or parchment paper in baking dish, place chicken in baking dish and pour marinate over each piece of chicken.  Bake for 30 -40 minutes until chicken is completely cooked.  Serve with Salsa.

Ϡ₡✻   Marlys

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