03/22/11 Chicken Saltinbocca

"Ogni regola ha un'eccezione." (There is an exception to every rule.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Crostini with Eggplant Pesto
  -Fettuccine with 4 Cheeses
  -Chicken Saltinbocca

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 Recipe: Crostini with Eggplant Pesto

Crostini with Eggplant Pesto
Crostini con Pesto di Melanzane


One 1 and 1/4-pound eggplant
Extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 and 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
Baguette slices, toasted
Fresh basil leaves


Peel eggplant, leaving a few narrow bands of skin intact.

Cut eggplant crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.

Place on large baking sheet; sprinkle lightly with salt.

Let stand 30 minutes.

Preheat broiler.

Rinse eggplant; pat dry with paper towels.

Brush large baking sheet with olive oil.

Brush eggplant rounds generously on both sides with olive oil.

Place on prepared sheet.

Broil eggplant until tender and golden brown, watching closely to avoid burning, about 6 minutes per side. Cool.

Finely grind pine nuts and garlic in processor.

Add eggplant and process to coarse puree.

Transfer mixture to small bowl.

Stir in chopped basil, parsley and mint.

Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with basil leaves and serve. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fettuccine with 4 Cheeses

Fettuccine with 4 Cheeses
Fettuccine Quattro Formaggi


3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
2/3 cup grated Provolone cheese
1/2 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 pound fettuccine pasta


Cook fettuccine in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine cream, Gorgonzola cheese, provolone cheese, goat cheese, butter, crushed red pepper, and ground nutmeg in heavy large saucepan.

Whisk over medium heat until mixture simmers and is smooth.

Drain pasta; return to same pot.

Add cream sauce and Parmigiano cheese to pasta; toss to coat.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to large bowl.

Sprinkle with pine nuts. Serves 8.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Chicken Saltinbocca

Chicken Saltinbocca
Saltinbocca di Pollo


4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
8 large fresh sage leaves
8 thin prosciutto slices (about 3 ounces)
1/2 cup all purpose flour (plus 2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon butter
1 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap on work surface.

Pound chicken to 1/3-inch thickness using mallet.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Place 2 sage leaves on top of each chicken breast half.

Top each chicken breast with 2 prosciutto slices, pressing down to stick.

Spread 1/2 cup flour on plate.

Turn chicken in flour to lightly coat both sides.

Melt butter with olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken, prosciutto side down; cook 4 minutes.

Turn chicken over and cook just until cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Transfer to platter and cover to keep warm; reserve skillet.

Whisk wine with remaining 2 teaspoons flour in small bowl.

Add broth and lemon juice to same skillet; bring to a boil.

Add wine mixture; whisk until sauce thickens slightly, about 30 seconds.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon sauce over chicken and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Dangerous Mafia Hitman's PC and Letters Confiscated...From His Jail Cell

Rome - September 17, 2010 - Italian police seized a computer, CD-ROMs, notes, overseas phone numbers and letters to a Palermo woman from the cell of ex-Mafia head Giovanni Brusca Friday.

The material was confiscated in a probe against the mafioso-turned-informant for money laundering and attempted extortion.

For the moment Brusca will not be moved from Rome's Rebibbia prison, police said, unless he is ejected from the witness protection system.

Prosecutors are interrogating the former Cosa Nostra kingpin on a suspected secret money hoard.

For those who are keeping tabs on members of our Mafia, Giovanni Brusca, nicknamed "Il Maiale" (the pig) is known for his disheveled appearance, huge appetites, and for having more food caught in his teeth than his victims would eat the entire day. The cuddly "maiale" once testified that he had killed "between 100 and 200" people (give or take 10-20 people) with his own hands. When you choke people, after your 22nd victim all the necks appear the same.

Brusca killed an 11-year-old son of a rival boss who'd turned state's evidence, dissolving the body in a vat of acid. But his most devastating moment came in 1992 when he pressed the button that triggered the explosives under a Sicilian highway that killed crusading magistrate Giovanni Falcone, Falcone's wife and five bodyguards.

Beginning in 2004, Brusca was allowed out of prison for one week every forty-five days to see his family, a reward for his good behavior as well as becoming a so-called informant and co-operating with Italian authorities. Unfortunately, these authorities had trouble understanding that the relatives of his many victims were angry at such a soft treatment for a dangerous killer...and that the meaning of "serving time" does not mean surfing the web from your jail cell.

"Porca vacca", it's jail! You're supposed to boss around a Mafia boss, inhibit his freedoms, and hassle him! Whose incredibly brilliant idea was it to give a pig a PC and CD-roms?

Brusca (on Facebook): "Figlio di puttana", I swear on my kids, if you don't take care of that situation I'll bury you next to the artichokes in my Farmville."

What aggravation. This is man whose every cavity should be searched for hidden pen drives and be beaten with a modem every time he gets online.

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