Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double

This is a take on last year’s Strictly Supper #4 – Pesto Double (Pesto and Cheese Tart. Click here to read last year’s recipe.

It’s Semi Final Time!

Yep that’s right tomorrow night is Semi Final night, which means that we’re on the verge of the final… duh! I’m quick lol!  You can make this as a snack to eat while the show is on, or make it tomorrow and eat it during the final.  The strictly bit for this recipe is that it’s based in the Paso Doble which is a Spanish name for a French dance routine and translates as double step. The best Paso Doble this year has been from Anita Rani and her partner Gleb who scored 37 out of 40 in (week 9), Blackpool of all places. The lowest scoring effort from Anthony Ogogo and his partner Oti who scored just 19 out of 20 in (week 3). Last week saw Helen and Aljaž eliminated after their Paso Doble!

This week is the Semi Final so I thought I’d get this one in early. I know you must be surprised that it’s on time but I thought I’d spoil you… and I’m not sleeping much 🙄

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, the ingredients

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, the ingredients

I’ve never made this before in a Pastry case, but I had one that needed to be used so I thought I’d use it for this one. Tesco Pestos are really nice and it’s easier than making your own – although you all know I love making my own. The cheeses are two of my favourite cheeses; I love Goats cheese and Gruyere Cheese. Gruyere Cheese is quite nutty and has a deep flavour which I think works well in lots of different dishes. Before we start preheat your oven to Preheat the oven to 180oC.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, adding the Green Pesto

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, adding the Green Pesto

This is so quick and easy and is ideal as a snack or a starter, firstly spread the green pesto on one half of the pastry case. Then

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, adding the Red Pesto

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, adding the Red Pesto

Yep you’ve guessed it spread the red pesto on the other side of the pastry case. Obviously you can mix the two pestos, maybe even swirl them so they make a pattern but I kept them separate for speed (because I’m lazy)

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, break off chunks of Goats Cheese and spread out

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, break off chunks of Goats Cheese and spread out

Break the Goats Cheese into small chunks and add on top of the pesto. You don’t need to use the whole piece of Goats Cheese, just use enough so that the pastry case has a good covering of it.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, season with pepper

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, season with pepper

Season at this point with Pepper, don’t add too much salt because the cheeses are salty. This was the point that I realised that I need new Pepper and Salt grinders… Santa if you’re listening you know what to do. I’ve gone off those battery operated one, I never seem to get as much out as a proper good old grinder.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, adding basil makes all the difference

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, adding basil makes all the difference

Rip off some basil leaves and spread them over the Goats cheese. The red pesto has lots of Tomato in its contents, it contains

  • Rehydrated Sundried Tomatoes,
  • Tomato Paste and
  • Red Peppers

And Basil goes well with Tomatoes and Peppers, so much so that Tesco already put Basil in the ingredients. On top of that the Green Pesto’s main ingredient is Basil.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, grate Gruyere Cheese over the top

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, grate Gruyere Cheese over the top

Grate some of the Gruyere Cheese over the top, enough to cover the pastry case. Gruyere Cheese is named after a village in Switzerland and holds a appellation d’origine contrôlée which means that it cannot be made anywhere else, like Melton Mowbry Pork Pies (PGI) and Stilton Cheese (PDO), for more information on the Brittish equivalent to the . appellation d’origine contrôlée go here.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, place in the oven and cook until golden brown

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double, place in the oven and cook until golden brown

Egg wash the outside edge and then place in the oven. Cook until the pastry is golden and the cheese has melted to your liking. You can eat the pastry case I used raw so there’s no need to cook it but, you want the cheese to be oozey and melty.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double

Strictly Suppers 2015 #7 Pesto Double

You can serve this as a starter or as a snack, I’ve eaten it as a snack, and even taken it to work. If you were serving it as a starter you could accompany it with a side salad or some coleslaw. Rather than go to the hassle of making your own salad you can buy them from a bag – ok I know that sounds lazy but if your short on time, opening a bag is fine! Click here to download my step-by-step recipe.

There’s one more Strictly Supper to come, what is it going to be, who knows I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. Make this one, I’m not one to tell you what to do but if you love cheese like me, and my brother-in-law Graham you’ll love this.

Mystery Bag Meals Information

Mystery Bag Meals Information

The recipe after the next (and last) Strictly Supper will be one from my mystery bag… and not one to miss, remember you can get in touch if you have a list of ingredients you want me to cook with.Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

I will, I will, I will definitely be here with my review on Asda’s Beef Bourguignon with Merchant Gourmet Red and White Quinoa – I promise!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

As always you can get social with me, I’d love to hear from you. What are you doing over Christmas, do you have your food all planned?

See you Tuesday

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Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Wheelie Good Birthday – Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta
and a Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Sauce

Ok it’s 00:50 on the morning of the 17th of May, I’ve been out tonight to celebrate mine and my mother’s birthday. It’s also the day of my niece Alice’s 21st Birthday – she’s currently in France as part of her University Degree. She’s a member of my Wheelie Good Team and has volunteered for me as a member of my Accessible News Team. I hope she reads this, you can view her blog here

love you loads Alice, can’t wait to see you!

This recipe is dedicated to my mother’s cousin Janet from Italy, she’s been waiting for this one, I hope you like it Jan and you get to make it, she did make Melanie’s Tray Bake, here’s the picture from facebook!

Janet's take on Melanie's Food Adventures Hedgehog  Tray Bake

Janet’s take on Melanie’s Food Adventures Hedgehog Tray Bake

I know this sounds like the most bizarre recipe invented but, honestly, it worked…. and my mother and I enjoyed it. It was created from a combination of using up store cupboard ingredients and left over pesto. You can buy various types of pesto which are excellent but I made my own for this recipe, I haven’t covered that in this recipe but will again.

Talking about checking things I strongly recommend checking your times and degrees of temperature for cooking chicken because every piece of kitchen equipment varies and I’d hate for you to have food poisoning it’s Wheelie bad!

Preheat the oven to 200OC

Ingredients for Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Ingredients for Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

This recipe is so easy I haven’t taken a great deal of photographs, you can see above there’s a random jar to the right. That’s my home made pesto or salsa verdé, I’ve not worked out what to call it yet, but it’s lush, the ingredients to follow for that but you can buy really good ones online.

Foil Tray With The Roasted Vegetables, Pesto, Garlic and Ginger For Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Foil Tray With The Roasted Vegetables, Pesto, Garlic and Ginger For Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

For the vegetables, to the tray add some chopped ginger and lazy garlic (couple of cloves if you’re using the proper stuff). Take or leave what you don’t want, if you don’t like too much ginger leave it out… it’s your recipe. It is important to stir through all the ingredients to make sure they all cwtch up to each other and get to know everybody. Don’t put them in to cook until you cook the chicken.

Chicken Ready For Roasting In The Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Chicken Ready For Roasting In The Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Next you place two chicken breasts on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season thoroughly, they will go in with the vegetables when we’re ready to cook. Place the tray of vegetables in the oven along with the chicken breasts. Cook for around 30/35 minutes. It is important to remember to cook the chicken thoroughly. Please make sure that it is fully cooked before consuming.

Everything in The Oven Fr Roasting In My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Everything in The Oven Fr Roasting In My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

For more information about cooking chicken visit here – don’t get killed by one of our recipes that would be wheelie awful! Now it’s pasta time, look at your packet and cook it to your instructions – me personally I cook i until it’s soft, the image below shows the front of the pasta package I used along with it in the boiling water:

Pasta Ready For Cooking For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Pasta Ready For Cooking For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Drain the pasta, make sure you keep a cup of the water for the sauce. Put it back in the sauce pan you cooked it in, put it to one side and the mug of water and leave to one side.

Pasta Before Sauce Is Added For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Pasta Before Sauce Is Added For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Once the vegetables are cooked liquidise them in a blender with the pesto, ginger and garlic you cooked them with. Blend until it starts to become a sauce, add the pasta water to make the sauce saucier…. oh matron!

Vegetables Liquidised In The Blender To Make the Sauce Fir My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Vegetables Liquidised In The Blender To Make the Sauce Fir My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Take the chicken breast out of the oven, when it’s ready, cover with some foil and leave to rest. Pour the sauce onto the pasta and stir in thoroughly to make sure that all the lovely pasta shapes are completely covered. Gino would have a fit at this because you should add the pasta to the sauce not like I’ve done but it works for me  😆

Pasta and Sauce For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Pasta and Sauce For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Place the pasta on a plate and then top with the chicken breast. You could sprinkle some cheese or herbs over before you put the chicken breast on.  You can download a full copy of this recipe here.

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

The packet said the following about the pasta:

Historically from the Puglia region of Southern Italy, our Orecchiette pasta is crafted from 100% Italian durum wheat semolina. Our pasta dough is carefully pressed into intricate shapes then slowly air-dried for a rougher more porous texture which holds your sauce perfectly!

The name Orecchiette dirivies from the Italian word for “ear” because each piece of pasta resembles a ear.

Margaret, Greg and I at FED Cardiff

Margaret, Greg and I at FED Cardiff

I Went to FED in Cardiff for a birthday meal to celebrate both my birthday and my mother’s.  We went with Ginge Greg, it was a great night and a fantastic eating experience – more to follow 😆 😎

For now, have a good weekend, see you all soon!

Rich

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