It’s meatless Monday. Yay! I just got a couple heirlooms from the store and I couldn’t wait to try them. Oh man, they are good!!!!
These are really meant to be enjoyed raw and fresh. So I thought I’d do a little Caprese action and throw in some basil and mozzarella. I just sprinkled a little bit of sea salt and fresh pepper on the tomato slices and drizzled them with EVOO and a good quality balsamic. Good to go!
Ok, so I got carried away and made a mini cairn out of it. Hey, food’s suppose to be fun, right?
I love those Italian cooking shows on TV. All of them, from the food network to PBS. Although sometimes it’s kinda hard to convince myself to try a recipe out especially when it calls for some fish that only swims in the coast of Venezia.
Gnocchi is nothing like that, in fact. But still, if you’re not Italian, how often do you prepare it? Probably not as much as you do spaghetti. Me? I’ve never had it before. So, I thought, why not give it a shot. To my surprise, it was so good I didn’t miss the pasta at all. Now, I try to have it more often. This one’s my first try. Nothing fancy, just the basics.
Ingredients: Gnocchi, Fresh Mozzarella, Marinara Sauce, Basil Leaves, Mushrooms, Olive Oil
Directions: Cook gnocchi. Grill mushrooms. Heat marinara sauce.. Place gnocchi on a plate and pour sauce on top. Scatter diced mozzarella on top of warm sauce and allow to melt. Garnish with chopped basil and grilled mushrooms.
I watch PBS a lot mainly for the cooking shows. This recipe came from one of those shows, called Primal Grill. The guy usually does meat but every once in a while he’ll throw in a little vegetarian treat. Not that I’m a vegetarian (there’s mozzarella in here) but I do enjoy a good veggie dish. Especially if it feeds my eyes, as well. This particular one, I saw and was inspired to imitate. I don’t really follow recipes. I couldn’t, even if I tried. But I like to get a wide perspective on how one prepares a dish and then I’ll go try it out with whatever I have in the fridge. And usually, I get lucky and come up with some tasty treats. Not to mention, healthy too.
Ingredients: Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Leaves, Garlic, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt & Pepper
Directions: Slice eggplants into strips and score both sides. Brush with olive oil and season with herbs, etc. Start grilling. Meanwhile, dice tomatoes and mozarella. Mince garlic and chop basil. Combine all in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. When done grilling, layer eggplant pieces on a plate and top with the Caprese mixture. Enjoy!