Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Another Week of Comfort Food

Christmas week is notorious for comfort food and my kitchen wasn’t any different.

Cannelloni. It just oozes comfort with béchamel, marinara and meat sauces topped with Asiago and Provolone cheeses and served with toasted garlicky baguette slices.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Orzo. The thighs were roasted on a bed of carrots, onions, garlic and celery and served with orzo, one of our favorite pasta shapes. So good!!!

Pork Tenderloin pockets with local Swiss cheese. Tenderloin slices were pounded into a thin cutlet, seasoned with salt, pepper and Herbes de Provence and then stuffed with cheese and folded into an envelope shape. After shallow frying and then roasting in toaster oven I served them on bed of Lecsó (roasted peppers and onions).

Spaghettini with baby clams and cream sauce. Very quick to make and very good.

Our traditional Christmas meal: Pan roasted duck breast with red cabbage and bread dumplings. Duck breasts were cooked medium rare and just melted in my mouth. As usual, I used cold pan method where you start cooking the breast by placing breast skin side down in a dry heavy bottomed frying pan.

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