The Bacon Caprese Bite is mash up of concepts, Caprese salad into BLT to Flat Bread. Sounds crazy but has all the summer favorites in one bite. With layered with fresh Foccicia Bread as base topped with garden fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and crispy bacon. The goal is to make these into bite size portions, that only one to two bites.
Chicken Breast en papillote (paper parcel):
Chicken breast en papillote is extremely easy and tasty way in which to prepare a chicken breast. The paper parcel technique keeps the meat very moist and tender. The key to this is using parchment paper, sealing in the nutrients and holding moisture into the food. But still getting the benefit of dry heat cooking. To make paper parcel cut 24 inch length parchment paper, then fold in half. Trim the parchment paper to form heart shape.
The beauty of this cooking method is the easy clean up that can be prepped in advance for quick preparation. Bake the Chicken Breast en papillote in 400 degrees oven for 20 to 25 minutes depending on chicken breast size and amount. Be sure to use instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of chicken breast. The chicken breast needs to be cooked to 170°f internal temperature. Timing of cooking is only guide line. The amount of vegetables and size of chicken breast will determine cooking time along with oven temperature.
Trim chicken breasts:
The chicken breast that I was using was so thick that they needed to be butterflied and pounded with meat mallet. A simple trick use plastic wrap over chicken while you pound the breast flat. Be careful not to pound too hard and punch holes into chicken breast. The goal is just to flatten breast and slightly tenderize breast. This also increase surface area for the chicken to cook quickly.
Keeping the carbohydrates to minimum:
The goal is to reduce carbohydrates by using zucchini that has been spiralized. The zucchini spirals is wonderful replacement to spaghetti noodles. To build supporting flavors by adding some onions, sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes complements the Italian profile.
Adding some Wish Bone Fat-free Italian dressing to season vegetables and chicken boosts flavors and without sacrificing too many calories. The key to building successful flavors is to build layers seasoning each layer. Using Wish Bone Fat-free Italian Dressing works very well only 15 calories per serving. This keeps the whole process simple and very flavorful. Pouring only 1 tablespoon of dressing over the vegetables works wonders.
Chicken Breast en papillote (foil parcel):
The foil parcel chicken breast perfect for grilling without a big mess of grilling and not heating up kitchen. By using foil will have less chance of having over cooked chicken. By grilling at about 350 degrees indirect heat techniqe for about 25 minutes.
The Herbed Citrus Quark Cheese, with French Radishes & Homemade Crackers was inspired by fresh grown garden vegetables this is truly a refreshing starter course for a summer meal. If all possible use French Radishes sliced on a bias. I infused, lemon zest, freshly chopped dill, chives and parsley from the garden with some garlic and mixed it into Milton Creamery’s Quark Cheese. Along with homemade cheesy crackers inspired by Jason Wood’s spicy cracker recipe, this makes it a total winner.