Farm to Table Friday: Eggplant, Tomato, Zucchini, Potato

From Bailey
Chicken Eggplant Sorrentino

For many years I worked at an Italian restaurant, and one of my favorite dishes was Chicken Sorrentino, This delicious dish comes to mind anytime I have an eggplant in the house. It’s very easy to make and very tasty!

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Ingredients
These amounts are for four chicken breasts, feel free to increase or decrease as needed

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 medium Eggplant
  • 8 slices of Prosciutto
  • 1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce (I like to use homemade, but pre-made works in  a bind)
  • 1 cup fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Panko or other Breadcrumbs
  • Salt, Pepper, and Italian Seasoning

Start by slicing the eggplant longways into long slices. You’ll want them less then 1/2 inch thick, you’ll need one slice for each of the chicken breasts.  Put the eggs in a bowl and whip them up, put the breadcrumbs with a couple of dashes of the salt, pepper and Italian spices on a plate and mix it up. Dip each slice of eggplant in the egg then coat generously with the breadcrumbs. Put each breaded eggplant slice on a non-stick cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven. Bake them about 10 minutes, then flip and bake about 10 minutes more. The breadcrumbs should brown.

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While the eggplant is baking dice up 1/2 green pepper and a small onion as well as about 5 cloves of garlic. Coat the bottom of a large deep pan with olive oil and heat it up, add the garlic then the peppers and onions and saute. Add most of the sauce and get it all simmering. Then add the chicken breasts and put a lid on the pan to cook the chicken through. After the tops of the chicken breasts appear white, flip them and let them cook to 165 degrees internal temperature.

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When the eggplant is done, remove it from the oven. When the chicken is done put two pieces of prosciutto on top of each breast. Then layer a slice of eggplant on top of that. Then put some of the mozzarella cheese on top and finally cover it with a bit of the sauce. Put the lid back on the pan and cook until the cheese melts. When the cheese melts they are ready to serve and enjoy!

From Megan
Cheesy Veggie Bake

We got quite a few different kinds of veggies this week, so I was looking for a good way to incorporate as many as I could. Then I remembered that I had seen this recipe on Pinterest, and decided I had to try it! It was super easy to make, and very yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Yellow Onion
  • 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1 medium Zucchini $0.71
  • 1 medium Yellow Squash $0.85
  • 1 medium Potato $0.91
  • 1 medium Tomato $1.65
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheese (I used a mix of mozzarella and parmesan)

Step One: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dice the onion and set aside. Thinly slice the other veggies.

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Step Two: Sauté the onion and minced garlic in olive oil until softened (about five minutes).

Step Three: Spray the inside of an 8×8 square baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread the softened onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Place the thinly sliced vegetables in the baking dish vertically, in an alternating pattern. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and oregano.

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Step Three: Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

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Bailey’s Perfect Meatballs

Served with brown rice GF pasta and shredded Parmesan cheese Who doesn’t love a good meatball? There is something so satisfying about a bite-sized ball of delicious meatiness that you really can’t go wrong!

Here is my go-to recipe for the perfect meatballs to serve with your favorite pasta. I served mine with brown rice GF pasta and shaved Parmesan cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of Meat (I used a mixture of ground beef and sausage)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs ( I used gluten free panko)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil (diced)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced or diced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 jar of sauce of your choice

Begin with a large mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients except the pasta and sauce. Mix them all together well until completely combined.

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On the stove-top use a large pot and put a small amount of olive oil and about 1/2 the jar of sauce into the bottom. Heat to medium/medium-high. Form the meat into about golf ball sized balls.

Once the pot is hot, put the balls into the pot. Cover the meatballs with the rest of the sauce. Fill the sauce jar up about 1/2 way, put the lid back on and shake it all up to loosen the remaining sauce. Add the saucy water to the pot. Put the top on and let the meatballs cook.

After about 10 minutes, use a wooden or plastic spoon and gently stir the meatballs to cook the other side. Let them cook on medium for about 15 more minutes and they will be ready to go.

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The meatballs can simmer for awhile, or you can serve them right away. Enjoy!