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.

Sliced Veggies

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.

Veggies with Cheese Cheesey Veggie Bake

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Grilled Peaches

Anyone who cooks can likely share stories of recipes that just didn’t quite turn out right, or could have benefited from some tweaking. Today you get to hear one of mine! Several months ago, I spotted this recipe from The Framed Table on Pinterest and knew I had to try it!

This weekend, Bailey and I headed over to Strite’s Orchard to pick a bunch of yummy fresh peaches (stay tuned – more peachy recipes to come!), so it seemed like the perfect time to finally try my hand at grilling peaches. So here’s how to make ’em!IMG_1952

Grilled Peaches with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar

  • Peaches
  • Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Canola oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Step One: Pre-heat your grill to medium high. Cut each peach in half and remove pits.  Brush the cut surfaces lightly with canola oil.

Step Two: Place peach halves with their cut sides facing down and grill for 5 minutes.  Flip peaches over and grill for another 5 minutes, then remove from grill.

Step Three: Drizzle peaches with balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with chopped rosemary.

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Sounds easy enough, right? The peaches came out looking and smelling pretty good – and even had a good flavor to them – but there are a few things I would definitely do differently next time:

  • The peaches were SUPER juicy, which is great for flavor, but made them a little challenging to eat. The excess of juice in the hole where the pit used to be also sucked up a lot of the balsamic, make that flavor less pronounced. Next time, I would grill the peaches cut side UP first, then flip the cut side down. This would allow some of that excess juice to run off.
  • Balsamic vinegar, by it’s nature, is a relatively thin, runny liquid.  Next time around, I would cook the balsamic down to make a reduction. A thicker reduction would cling to the peach better, and give the flavor a higher impact.
  • Lastly, we weren’t sure the best way to tackle eating these, so we scooped them out with a spoon. This was harder than I thought it would be, and we missed a lot of the flesh this way. If you decide to grill peaches at home, I’d recommend using a knife and fork to really get the most out of it!

I hope you enjoy these suggestions! Remember that every cooking hiccup is an opportunity to make something fantastic the next time around!

Happy Cooking!
~ Megan