I'm always on the search for a recipe that will be a winner with my daughter. Whether it is tinkering with a tried and tested recipe or taking some inspiration from the ridiculous amount of food shows on the TV, my goal is always to work out a family friendly recipe.
Anybody that has children will know how hard it is to keep your kids happy when it comes to food. Surrounded by aggressive advertising from the fast food giants and our Western taste buds tainted with over-salting from such foods, it is always a challenge to make sure that they don’t slip down that slippery road of convenience food addiction.
My latest inspiration came from none other that Gordon Ramsay on his show a few weeks back. I'm not one for rushing for a pen and scribbling things down. If I like it, it stays in my head for approximately 3 days and then if I still haven't made it, it disappears from memory. This is a chicken and mozzarella dish which I'm sure is an Italian classic. I've no idea if it is how he made it, it certainly won't be as classy, but like all of the best things in life, it is simple and there to be experimented with.
The main point is it is another recipe I can add to the growing list of things that work with little Cerys. And there is nothing better that putting a winning smile on her face and seeing her clear her plate. And a well fed contented child means that life will continue to be sweet, another challenge that needs to be constantly worked on. Cheers Gordon.
Mozzarella and Tomato Chicken
4 medium sized chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
4 tbsp olive oil
1 small punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 shallots, sliced
1 clove of garlic, sliced
A handful of fresh thyme or rosemary, finely chopped
2 balls of mozzarella
Salt and pepper
1 - Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C, GM6.
2 - Take a sharp knife and 'butterfly' your chicken. Simply carefully cut centrally across but not right through, then open out so that you have a wider thinner piece of chicken.
3 - Put the eggs in a bowl and the flour in another bowl. Season the flour. Heat up the oil in a non-stick frying pan.
4 - Dip the chicken into the egg then into the seasoned flour. Place into the hot frying pan and cook for 1 minute each side or until beginning to brown. Remove and put into a baking tray.
5 - Heat a little more oil in a pan. Add the shallots, garlic and tomatoes and quickly cook down until softened. Stir in the herbs and a little seasoning.
6 - Place a small pile of the mixture onto the chicken. Then put slices of mozzarella over the chicken until covered. Place onto a high shelf and cook for 15 minutes until cooked through, bubbling and golden brown.
7 - Serve with sautéed potatoes and a fresh salad.