Defrost 4 chicken breasts (but keep slightly frozen because it makes it easier to cut into small strips). Sauté strips of the chicken in either our Garlic or Tuscan Olive Oil with onions & peppers. Keep your broth & add in a cup chicken stock. Add in a little cracked pepper, basil, oregano and sea salt until done.
Boil your rice or couscous & set to the side while crisping up your bacon and two types of shredded cheese ( I use a strong cheddar and Asiago). Place half a cup of your pasta on a plate and layer with the chicken, cheddar and bacon.
Place in microwave for 35 sec. to melt the cheese or you can do an entire casserole in the oven. Bake for about 25 min. on 360.
While keeping dish warm, you can sauté your vegetables in our same oils, but keep them some what under cooked so they don’t get mushy.
ENJOY!! 40 MIN.
- 1 Pound (de-bearded) mussels
- ½ pound of baby octopus (already de-beaked/frozen is best)
- 1 whole sweet onion
- 1 whole garlic bud sliced and smashed
- 2 cups of Clamato Juice
- 2 cups of Spicy V-8 Juice
- 1 tsp. Basil, oregano, thyme & smoked paprika, cracked pepper, & a dash of sea salt
- 2 tbl. of dried seaweed
- 1-2 tbl. of chili paste
- 1 tomato diced
- 1 cup of your favorite red wine
- 2 shakes of our Tuscan Olive Oil and our jalapeno balsamic vinegar.
Saute all of your spices together in a stock pot (onion, garlic, chili paste, salt, pepper, basil, etc.). When onions are opaque and carmelized, add in the juices above and wine. Bring to a boil. Add in octopus and reduce heat to a simmer for about 30 min. Add in clams, seaweed, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Let simmer & keep warm for another 20 min. while you work on your pasta.
Boil any pasta (usually linguine or angel hair to grab and hold the sauce). Top with fresh Asiago, or Parmesan Cheese and cracked pepper, Drizzle seafood and sauce over noodles and serve.
A LITTLE HISTORY:
Though it originated in Galicia or the neighboring region of Leon, pulpo a feira, as it is known in Galician, or pulpo a la gallega, as it is called in Spanish, is now popular throughout Spain. It is usually served on wooden plates with cachelos, potatoes that have been boiled or roasted in embers with their skins on. Frozen octopus works particularly well, since the freezing tenderizes the otherwise quite tough meat.
What makes it Brazilian? rice and beans are the base of Brazilian cooking, and the preferred accompaniment to everyday meals, as opposed to, say, mashed potatoes in the U.S.
Prepare your stock Pot: Fill half way with water. Add in 2 cups of Vegetable Broth and 4 smoked Turkey necks.
Bring to a rapid boil for about 25 min and then reduce heat to a simmer.
Add in ½ cup each of black beans, chickpeas, edamame (either in the shell or shelled), & Kidney beans (white or dark).
You now have a pot of pure protein.
Add into your stock pot, after sautéing, half of an onion and 4 cloves of garlic, peppers (sweet red, yellow & orange), a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, hickory sea salt, cracked black pepper and 4 smoked Turkey sausages diced up into small coin sections.
I sautéd all the veggies in our Tuscan Olive Oil. (Have fun. Splash in some of your favorite hot sauce).
Let simmer for another 20 min on low to med.
Reduce heat and add in 1 cup of rice (white or wild).
Simmer another 15 min and turn off the heat.
Ready in 45-60 min. Enjoy. Warms you from the inside. Comfort food, but HEALTHY!!