Tag Archives: basil

Arugula, Mushroom, Basil Salad

28 Feb

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I love basil.

I love anything I can make with basil.

I was watching the Chew on TV and Michael Symon made this with chicken.

I turned off the show and made it immediately with just a couple of changes.

4 big handfuls of arugula

40 basil leaves. Yes, I said forty leaves.

2 diced scallions, just the green part.

One baguette cut into one inch cubes

3/4 cup olive oil divided

Two cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

10 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms

10 ounce package white sliced mushrooms

1 Tablespoon thyme leaves

salt and pepper

4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoon honey

One tablespoon Dijon mustard

Toss the bread with the 1/4 cup oil, garlic, cheese and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper

Pan fry the bread till it is toasted and crunchy

Place in a salad bowl

Add the arugula, basil and scallion greens to the bowl

Put 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet that you used to toast the bread.

Add one package of mushrooms in a single layer

Sprinkle with 1/2 of the thyme

Don’t touch them for 5 minutes or until the bottoms are crisp.

Turn over and brown the other side

Sprinkle with salt and pepper

Pour them over the salad

Do the same with the next box of mushrooms

Pour over the salad

Put the remaining oil in the skillet

Add one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, the red wine vinegar and honey.

Mix well and taste

I added a little more vinegar and honey but taste and adjust to your liking.

Pour the warm dressing over the salad

Add some extra cheese curls on top

This is so delicious.

The original recipe had grilled Dijon mustard chicken on top.

Thank you Michael Symon for a great lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Tomato Cheese Pizza with Asparagus and Prosciutto Ham

21 Sep

Asparagus Pizza

One pound pizza dough

Crisco to put on the pan

3 cups seasoned fresh tomatoes

One cup cut asparagus

8 slices diced cut ham

13 slices Muenster cheese slices

9 diced string cheese sticks

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 diced onion

6 basil leaves

3 tablespoons olive oil

Dice three cups of tomatoes and season with oregano, garlic powder,basil, onion, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Grease a pizza pan with the Crisco.

Use a very thin layer.

Stretch out the dough to fit the edges, working with your fingers.

Place the slices of Muenster cheese on the dough in an even layer.

This is the secret.

If the tomatoes are watery, put them in a saucepan and cook the water off by bringing the tomatoes to a boil and watching it closely. It should look a little dry.

Stir often, then cool and put it on the dough.

Sprinkle the asparagus, ham and diced string cheese over the pizza.

Finish with a drizzle of olive oil

Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes but check after ten minutes because all ovens are different.

Cook on the bottom shelf of the oven.

 

 

Mozzarella Salad

22 Jun

Mozzarella Salad

Fast, Easy, Delicious.

Could I ask for more???

Two big tomatoes or one box of grape tomatoes

Two containers of drained mozzarella pearls

4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 chopped vidalia onion

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 fresh basil leaves.

arugula

Dice the tomatoes

Mix everything together except the arugula.

Place the arugula on a plate and scoop four or five tablespoons on top.

Mix together

Save the tomato mixture in a container for more salad, a pizza or garnish for grilled fish or meat.

This can also be mixed in with pasta .

It is so good.

By the way everyone needs to eat it because you reek of garlic and onion.

Tomato Okra

27 Jan

Tomato Okra

I never ate okra as a child. My Mom just didn’t cook it.

I had it for the first time at a friends house and loved it.

So this started my trial and error trying to cook it .

After many, many pounds of okra all I had was this slimy vegetable that couldn’t get past my lips. So I stopped trying to cook it.

Last week I was at my friend Maria’s again, I am a real pest.

She was cooking okra and showed me how to do it right.

3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 chopped onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

One pound bag of frozen okra, do not defrost it.

One 14 ounce can of diced San Martino tomatoes

Two small cans of tomato sauce.

One teaspoon dried parsley

Four basil leaves

Salt and pepper

Optional spices are oregano and crushed red pepper. I just love basil and put it in everything.

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil till the onions are soft

Add the diced tomatoes and bring to a boil

Add the frozen okra, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.

Cover the okra with the tomato sauce

Push the okra down with a spoon  so it is covered with the liquid

Cover the pot and let simmer until the sauce starts to thicken and the okra looks cooked about 20 to 30 minutes.

DO NOT STIR THE POT

If you start stirring the pot the okra gets slimy because it starts to break up.

I made this the other night and we ate the entire pound.

It is easy, delicious and different.

Thank you Maria