Flavors of Italy - Turkey Caprese
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
Bella Italia! It's not something new when I tell you once again how much I love Italy. Everything about the country fits my personality, likings and character - except for the language. My Italian is very rusty and I can possibly just order enough food to get me from A to B. But that is more than enough in Italy as I always realize. The people are warm and affectionate and welcome everyone with open arms.
Many of my friends joke around and say I must have been an Italian mama in my previous life - due to my passion for cooking Italian food at home.
After the days of eating rich and filling food over the holidays we are craving for simple yet flavorful meals. Dishes that are quick to make but are still full of aroma are currently the trend in my kitchen.
What I love about this recipe, besides it being a breeze to make, is that everything about it shouts out ITALY in capital letters. The colors of the ingredients remind me of the colorful Italian flag, with the pesto, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil the flavor cannot get more Italian.
Let me just stop going on about it and get to the recipe. Hope you enjoy your ride to Italy with me!!
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Eros Ramazzotti - Fuoco Nel Fuoco
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500g Turkey breast - cut into 6-8 small steak-type medallions
250g Mozzarella - sliced
3 tomatoes - coarsely chopped
3-4 tablespoons Pesto alla Genovese
2-3 basil stems - leaves chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil - extra virgin
salt and pepper
In a large pan heat up the olive oil. Place the steaks into the pan and fry on one side for about 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste then flip it on the other side. Add the pesto in the pan. Place the tomato pieces and mozzarella slices on top of the turkey. Cover the pan and cook for another 5-6 minutes.
Place the turkey breasts on pre-warmed plates and sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve with fresh ciabatta bread.
A perfect little dinner time meal to end the day. Together with a good chianti and warming fire a great start into a romantic evening.
A wonderful dish for the Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Scott from RealEpicurean.
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