Sunday, July 15, 2007

Lemon Penne.. MMM, Delicious

Get your white wine and fresh lemons ready for a refreshing summer meal that will please the whole crowd.
First put on some nice Italian opera or some Boccelli music... your apron.. have a glass of wine available for your nerves.. and voila.. you are ready to begin!!

Cook a pound or so of your favorite style pasta. Penne looks nice, but you choose whatever you like.
Put a bit of olive oil into the boiling water to keep it from sticking. Drain when al dente. Now drizzle it with a bit more olive oil and toss lightly. Set aside.

Take a sip of your wine.. breathe deeply....

Now , lets make the sauce.
take another sip of the wine to prepare yourself!

You will need a several thin chicken cutlets ( amount depends on how many you will serve).. about 3 fresh lemons, a few capers, a splash of white wine,and some good extra virgin olive oil.
Dredge your chicken in flour til it is well coated.
Place a little of the olive oil in the bottom of a frying fan and add your thin chicken strips or cutlets. If you have thick pieces pound them a bit to flatten them out. Take out your frustrations on them! Sing in Italian as you do this.
Saute them til they are cooked through and no pink remains.
Now, remove the chicken and keep it warm to the side and into your frying pan that still retains the remnants of the chicken and flour add the juice of 2 or 3 lemons,then a good splash.. maybe a 1/4 cup or so of good white wine, a few capers if you wish and some nice Italian parsley.
Cook this down til it thickens up nicely and drizzle in a bit more olive oil.
If it needs help don't be afraid to add a wee bit of flour to help it along, but, it should thicken down on its own. it will never be really thick and its flavorful enough not to need to be.
Taste it to see how it's going. Add more lemon, wine as you see fit. Don't overdo though.

Toss the pasta into the pan with the lemon sauce and toss til its well coated.
Serve the chicken on top garnished with lemon slices and more parsley.

You can serve with Italian bread heated in the oven and a big tossed salad for a delicious summer meal.

Buon Appetito!!!

1 comment:

  1. Gosh I love this blog.
    I come just to look at the graphics and hear the oldies but last week I did make the cookies and the egg cream.