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.

Roasted Gremolata Cauliflower

Roasted Gremolata Cauliflower
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Servings Prep Time
5-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Roasted Gremolata Cauliflower
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Servings Prep Time
5-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400℉
  2. In a large bowl stir together parsley, lemon zest, garlic, salt and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Remove outer leaves from cauliflower and cut the head into quarters. Easily core the cauliflower by cutting it out of each quarter, allowing any remaining leaves and stem to come away with it.
  4. Break or cut the cauliflower into large bite-size pieces. Toss cauliflower with remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and a few grinds of a pepper mill. Spread out evenly on a large baking tray.
  5. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning once, allowing the bottom edges to become golden and caramelized.
  6. Remove from oven and add to the bowl of Gremolata along with the parmesan cheese. Toss to coat evenly and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

-make as a vegan option by omitting the parmesan cheese or using your favourite alternative cheese.

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a medium bowl toss together potatoes, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  2. Spread out evenly on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until just tender.
  3. While potatoes are baking, combine together mayonnaise, parmesan, capers, dill, lemon juice and pepper.
  4. Remove potatoes from oven and gently flatten each with a flat surfaced utensil (I use a metal potato masher) to a third of its original height.
  5. Set oven rack to 7" from broiler and turn oven to broil. Spread 1 tbsp of paste onto each potato. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnishing with fresh dill if desired.

One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta

One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and allow to cook until golden on one side and moisture is starting to evaporate. Stir mushrooms and cook for an additional minute. Add chopped onion and garlic. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until starting to soften, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until most of the wine has cooked out. Stir in 3 cups of chicken broth, pasta, thyme and parsley. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low, stirring once.
  3. Whisk cornstarch into remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Stir into pasta and allow to come to a full simmer to reach full thickness. Stir in cream cheese, turkey, peas, salt and pepper. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes to heat turkey and peas. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding


Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
Print Recipe
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ and butter a 13"x9"x2" casserole dish. Slice crust from bread and cut into 1" cubes to yield 10 cups loosely packed cubes. In a large bowl, toss bread with olive oil, thyme, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on a large baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden, turning once or twice. Remove from oven and return bread cubes to same large bowl.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet until foamy. Add celery, onions, green pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté until softened and most of the moisture has been cooked out, about 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, whisk together eggs, cream, spinach, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour egg mixture over toasted bread cubes, add sauteed vegetables, parsley and gouda, stir to combine well. Pour into prepared dish, spreading out evenly. Top with grated parmesan cheese, cover and chill for at least an hour (up to one day ahead) to allow bread to absorb the custard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bake uncovered for about 60 minutes until set and golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 before serving.