You heard it here first
Seriously, what’s not to love? Leftovers have inspired me to create dishes like boerewors and butternut risotto or fennel and sausage risotto, they have provided the filling for many a lunch sandwich, and formed the basis for almost every omelette and fritata I have ever made! And sometimes, they inspire even more ambitious dishes… like this one.
We had braaied and as side dishes we had sweet potatoes and a caprese salad. So when I got home from work the following day, I found a couple of stray sweet potatoes in the vegetable rack and basil and mozarella in the fridge, all of which needed eating in the not-too-distant future. What to make? In the end I plumped for the no-mess, no-fuss option that would see everything cooked in the oven so that I could close the door, pour myself a glass of wine, chat to Nick and not think about supper until the delicious smells came wafting under the kitchen door. Perfect!
The sweet potatoes were sliced into batons, tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with rosemary and oven-roasted with their skins on, while the chicken breasts were flattened, stuffed, tin-foiled and baked alongside the sweet potatoes. The end result was absolutely delicious without being too rich – and I didn’ t have to spend half the evening slaving over a hot stove. Hurrah!
Come to think of it, maybe that second book should be RSS – Really Simple Suppers
MOZARELLA, SUN-DRIED TOMATO AND BASIL CHICKEN BREASTS (serves 2)
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp mayonnaise or cream cheese
6-8 sun-dried tomatoes (I use Merchant Gourmet – but you could also use home-made slow-roasted tomatoes)
about half a ball of mozzarella
a handful of fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Cover a chopping board with clingfilm. Butterfly each chicken breast and place in the centre of the chopping board. Cover with another layer of clingfilm and pound with a mallet (or the base of a chutney bottle if your life is like mine…) until it is about 0.5 cm thick. Remove the top layer of clingfilm.
Spread each fillet with a tablespoon of mayonnaise or cream cheese. On top of that, place a slice of mozzarella, 3-4 tomatoes (cut into strips) and 3-4 basil leaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as required, roll up the chicken breast carefully and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the other breast.
Place the chicken fillets in an ovenproof dish. Top each one with 3-4 basil leaves and enough mozzarella to cover the leaves. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 180C for 40 minutes or until the chicken is done. Remove the foil and bake for a further 5-10 minutes to get the cheese to brown slightly.
Serve with roasted sweet potato chips and a green salad. Remember to remove the toothpicks before serving