Thursday, January 18, 2007

Flavors of Italy - Turkey Caprese


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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Music while cooking


Eros Ramazzotti - Fuoco Nel Fuoco
Album: Stile Libero





Ingredients:

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




Method:

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.



Verdict:

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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16 comments :

  1. Brava. (That's one of the few Italian words I know!) When I went to Italy I learned a few phrases, but don't remember much now. This looks just fantastic. A great variation on one of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes.

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  2. Wow! This looks so good! And with all of the fresh ingredients I am definitely adding this to my menu plan. My Italian in laws will love it for a great lunch!

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  3. Well...at least you can order off the menu...that is key!

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  4. I fully agree with your penchant for flavorful foods. I so love the idea of big reward with little work! And, you are right, Italian food does this so well (the truly lazy meal around here - think a chilly Sunday where no one wants to get off the couch - is a bowl of just cooked tomato sauce and warm French bread ripped into chunks ready for the dipping). Thanks!

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  5. Meeta,
    did I see that wonderful ciabatta behind as well?! True, your turkey looks like Italian Flag (the colours!) Bellissimo!!!

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  6. I was feeling like Italian tonight too, I made ravioli!

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  7. I share the same passion with you!!!! Be it the Italian food or the country itself (haven't been there though!! but plan to) :)

    Sweet love..... is it so soon!!!!! Don't have my cam with me as yet :(

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  8. that looks deceptively simple. nice!

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  9. I love Italy, Eros, and your wonderful looking recipe! Beautiful!

    Bacioni,
    Paz

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  10. That´s great. I love Italian kitchen.
    So if you like another idea...
    http://neuesausderkueche.blogspot.com/2007/01/zucchini-gourgettes.html

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  11. What a delight Meeta, can't wait to give it a try!

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  12. Excellent looking recipe - and so damn Italian!

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  13. what a delicious looking bread!melted cheese and meat.. yum!

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  14. I love the photo - absolutely beautiful and I couldn't agree more - Italian food is fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing this amazing (and amazingly simple) dish.

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  15. How perfect! Simple ingredients and a variation on my favorite salad! Now if summer was only here for some nice ripe tomatoes and basil....

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  16. The simplicity of this is beautiful and the great flavors jump at me from the words and the photo!

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