06/19/13 Chicken and Gnocchi

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Chicken and Gnocchi
  -Chicken al Mattone
  -Grilled Peaches with Prosciutto and Pecorino Cheese

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 Recipe: Chicken and Gnocchi

Chicken and Gnocchi
Pollo e Gnocchi


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 (10 to 12-ounce) packages gnocchi
12 large white mushrooms, sliced
4 celery stalks from the heart, sliced very thinly
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup diced carrots
3 cups chicken stock
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh basil
Handful of fresh parsley leaves
Handful of pine nuts, toasted
2 handfuls freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
Zest of 1 lemon


Prepare a large pot of boiling water.

Heat a deep skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add chicken and cook until lightly browned on all sides.

Remove from the skillet to a plate and return the skillet to the heat.

Add another tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet.

When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms, carrots, celery and onion.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are softened.

Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.

Whisk in 2 and 1/2 cups of chicken stock, add the chicken and any accumulated juices back into the pan.

Cook until the sauce has thickened and the chicken has cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock in a food processor.

Add the basil, parsley, pine nuts and Parmigiano cheese.

Season with salt and pepper.

Turn on the food processor and stream in the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.

Add in the lemon zest.

Salt the boiling water and add the gnocchi.

Cook until they float to the surface.

Drain and add to the skillet with the lemon butter.

Cook in the butter until lightly golden at the edges, 2-3 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the heat and stir in the pesto sauce.

Serve in shallow bowls topped with the gnocchi. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken al Mattone

Chicken al Mattone
Pollo Al Mattone


One 4-pound whole chicken
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary plus additional sprigs for garnish
2 garlic cloves, pressed
Coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Chopped fresh Italian parsley

Brick wrapped in aluminum foil or a heavy cast-iron skillet


Take the chicken and cut away and discard the backbone.

Rinse and pat it dry.

Open chicken flat like book.

Place butterflied chicken, skin side down, on rimmed baking sheet.

Mix 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, and garlic in small bowl.

Rub mixture all over both sides of chicken.

Cover and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 400?F.

Sprinkle chicken with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken, skin side down, to skillet and cook until golden brown, about 7 minutes (do not turn chicken over).

Place foil-wrapped brick (or cast-iron skillet) crosswise atop chicken.

Roast in oven 30 minutes.

Remove brick and turn chicken over.

Return brick to chicken and continue to roast until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced, about 15 minutes longer.

Remove brick and transfer chicken to platter.

Drizzle chicken with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and sprinkle with crushed red pepper and parsley.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Grilled Peaches with Prosciutto and Pecorino Cheese

Grilled Peaches with Prosciutto and Pecorino Cheese
Pesche alla Griglia con Prosciutto e Pecorino


4 firm and ripe large peaches, halved, pitted
8 thin shaved slices Pecorino cheese (each about 2 by 2 inches)
4 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Nonstick vegetable oil spray


Spray grill rack with nonstick spray.

Prepare barbecue (at high heat).

Brush peach halves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill peaches until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.

Place on large plate, skin side down.

Top each with cheese slice and drape with prosciutto.

Serve immediately. Makes 4 (first-course) servings.

That's it!

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Phony Doctors Buy Autos with Phony Checks

Milan - April 2, 2012 - Milan police have arrested six people for fraud after investigators discovered a criminal ring posing as doctors and purchasing autos with false checks.

The scam artists allegedly bought the vehicles through the Internet and then met to close the deals dressed as physicians.

Immediately after sealing the purchase, the suspects transported the autos out of the country, say investigators.

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We say the charlatans who perpetrated this scam deserve a medal not jail time. They deserve it for locating stupid Italians.
They're doing us a favor. Now, we can identify all of them, flush them out and make sure they don't breed again.

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Ignazio the dealer: "Dottore Frank N. Beans, the paperwork for the Audi just came in. Here are the keys."
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