Friday, July 20, 2012

Green, green, green!

   Here is a fun dish. I made a "dull" version of this before playing with different fillings and flavors, but this time I decided to also play with some colors. I took the traditional polish "nalesniki" (call them crepes if you want), gave them a punch of color, and stuffed them with flavorful chicken and mushroom filling. Who knew that you can end up with such a fun and delicious dish. It's almost like being a kid and playing with your food... that's my favorite part of cooking. Check this out:


*  2 cups all-purpose flour
*  4 cups skim milk
*  2 eggs
*  1 cup frozen spinach (thawed)
*  1/2 cup fresh basil
*  1/2 tsp salt
*  1/2 tsp sugar
*  pinch of nutmeg
*  cooking spray

1. Blend the spinach and basil with milk into a smooth puree.
2. Whisk all the ingredients together (besides cooking spray, of course) until everything is incorporated and has a nice smooth texture. The denser the batter, the thicker nalesniki will be.
3. Heat the pan, spray with cooking spray, and using a medium size ladle to scoop the batter into the pan, and tip and rotate it to form a thin layer. Cook about 1 minutes on the first side, flip on the other side, and cook 1 more minute.


*  1 chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
*  1 large onion (chopped)
*  1 cup mushroom (chopped)
*  1 fresh tomato (chopped)
*  1 tbsp ketchup
*  salt and pepper
*  1 tsp olive oil

1. Saute onions and mushroom with olive oil until soft. Add chicken, tomatoes, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Cook everything together for 5 minutes.
2. Spread a spoonful of a filling on a half of the crepe and roll it up.

   How cool do they look? Very bright, very fresh, and very "interesting". The basil is a great touch and just make the whole dish very special. The filling is a little bit sweet (ketchup), a little bit tangy (tomatoes), and because there is no sauce in it, it's very light as well. Try it, it's such a fun dish.

Good luck.

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