Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 cutlets 35 minutes
    Cook Time
    12-15 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 cutlets 35 minutes
    Cook Time
    12-15 minutes
    Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
    Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      8 cutlets 35 minutes
      Cook Time
      12-15 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8 cutlets 35 minutes
      Cook Time
      12-15 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cutlets
      Instructions
      1. Using a blender or mini processor combine the first 7 ingredients and blend until combined but still has some texture. Set aside.
      2. Using three shallow bowls, combine flour and 1/2 tsp salt in one, breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp salt in the second and the eggs whisked with the milk in the third.
      3. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then cut each half into half vertically, giving you 4 pieces per breast.
      4. Place chicken pieces between 2 pieces of parchment. Pound to about a 1/4" thick (no thinner).
      5. Dredge chicken cutlets with flour, shaking off excess.
      6. Dunk floured cutlets into egg wash and then into bread crumbs, turning to coat evenly. Arrange prepared cutlets onto a clean plate or tray.
      7. Add enough oil to a large skillet to come up about an 1/8" of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
      8. Turn oven to broil, with rack 8-10" from heat.
      9. Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with grated parmesan cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      -You can use any pesto you'd like here, however, the one included with this recipe contains less oil than regular pesto.  I found regular pesto makes the cutlets too oily.  This slightly drier version gives the same great flavour but less oil and better results. If you'd like to use a classic pesto, here's the recipe Classic Pesto

      -These cutlets are also great on top of pasta drizzled with extra pesto or in a sandwich.

      Red Curry Coconut Shrimp

      Red Curry Coconut Shrimp
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        Servings
        3-4 people
        Servings
        3-4 people
        Red Curry Coconut Shrimp
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          Servings
          3-4 people
          Servings
          3-4 people
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Slice green onions, separating the white and reserving the green for garnish. Whisk together coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, and brown sugar.
          2. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add whites of green onion and garlic. Sauté for one minute and add shrimp in a single layer. Cook shrimp 2 minutes per side and remove from pan.
          3. Add coconut milk mixture to the pan and bring to a full simmer. Add snow peas and stir to coat. Allow to simmer uncovered about 4 minutes over medium/high heat. Stir once or twice until snow peas are just tender and the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency.
          4. Toss shrimp back into the pan and stir to coat with sauce and warm throughout for about 1 minute. Season lightly with salt.
          5. Serve immediately over rice and garnish with reserved sliced green onions, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

          Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard


          Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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            Servings Prep Time
            48 pieces 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-40 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            48 pieces 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-40 minutes
            Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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              Servings Prep Time
              48 pieces 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-40 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              48 pieces 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-40 minutes
              Ingredients
              Cornmeal Sausages
              Creamy Honey Mustard
              Servings: pieces
              Instructions
              Creamy Honey Mustard
              1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
              Cornmeal Sausages
              1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
              2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
              3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
              4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
              Recipe Notes

              -use a deep fryer if desired.

              -I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

              -pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

              -if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.

              Cranberry Pork Rib Roast


              Cranberry Pork Rib Roast
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                Servings Prep Time
                6-10 people 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                120 minutes 20-30 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                6-10 people 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                120 minutes 20-30 minutes
                Cranberry Pork Rib Roast
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  6-10 people 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  120 minutes 20-30 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  6-10 people 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  120 minutes 20-30 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  Pork Rib Roast
                  1. Preheat oven to 475℉. Pat roast dry with a paper towel and season generously on all sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and rub evenly onto the roast. Place roast on a large baking tray or shallow roasting pan fat side up. Cook for 15 minutes in preheated oven then reduce temperature to 350℉. Continue to roast for 90-120 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 145℉. The meat will continue to rise about 10℉ as it rests.
                  2. Remove roast from oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes before carving. For larger appetites, you can carve the roast into chops between the bones and serve. Alternatively, you can carve off the bones from the center loin, allowing you to slice the loin to your desired thickness. Cut the ribs between the bones and serve along side.
                  Cranberry Apple Sauce
                  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan and sauté shallots for 1-2 minutes until starting to soften. Add cranberries, apple, 1/2 cup water, white wine, brown sugar, rosemary and ginger. Allow to simmer gently, stirring occasionally until the cranberries are soft and the apples are tender. This will take about 20 minutes and most of the excess moisture will be evaporated.
                  2. Stir in jellied cranberry, cinnamon and salt, allowing the jellied cranberry to melt into the sauce. Adjust consistency with a tablespoon or two of water if necessary. The sauce can be made ahead and warmed gently for serving. Makes 1 3/4 cups of sauce.

                  Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta

                  Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    45-50 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    45-50 minutes
                    Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      45-50 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      45-50 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Meatballs
                      Sauce
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Meatballs
                      1. Add all ingredients except oil to a large bowl. Gently combine with your hands or a wooden spoon. Roll mixture into 17-18 evenly sized meatballs approximately 1 1/4 ounces each.
                      2. Heat oil in a cast iron or oven safe skillet over medium heat until hot. Arrange meatballs in a single layer and brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove meatballs to a paper towel lined plate and drain all but 1 tbsp of fat from skillet.
                      Sauce
                      1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
                      2. To the skillet add chopped shallot and garlic, sauté for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until soft, stirring often. Pour in white wine to deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits in the pan. Add chicken broth and allow to simmer for about 2 minutes.
                      3. Using your hands, crush tomatoes and add to skillet along with oregano, paprika and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Add meatballs back to pan, stirring to coat with sauce.
                      4. Place in oven uncovered and bake for 20-25 minutes until sauce is reduced, stirring once. Remove from oven and stir to coat with sauce. Sprinkle with feta cheese and olives, return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped red onion and fresh oregano if desired and serve immediately on top of rice or with crusty bread.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -dampened hands help to roll meatballs.