For many, Mediterranean cuisine conjures up romantic images with exotic, foreign flavors. However, it's a misconception that ingredients in delicious Mediterranean recipes are difficult to fine and expensive. In fact, you may already have many items in your pantry. If not, a quick trip to the local store provide everything you need to "go Mediterranean."
Here are some tips on stocking your own Mediterranean pantry:
This is a smooth, sauceless dish, complemented by Chardonnay or Sangiovese di Romagna.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a plate, combine bread crumbs, herbs, crushed red pepper, slat and pepper to taste. Mix well. Brush smooth side of chicken breasts with egg white. Press crumb mixture onto coated side of chicken breasts (Refrigerate, if not cooking immediately). Heat olive oil over medium heat in an oven-proof, non-stick skillet. sauté chicken, crust side down, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Gently turn chicken; cook 2 minutes longer. Place skillet in oven until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Chardonnay, Soave or Sangiovese di Romagna are delicious wines to serve with this refreshing salad.
In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in scallions and julienned mint. Set aside. Cut tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices; divide evenly among 4 salad plates. Peel avocado, discard pit. Cut into 1/8-inch slices; sprinkle with remaining lemon juice. On each plate, fan some of the avocado slices across tomatoes; sprinkle with almonds. Drizzle dressing over salad; sprinkle with cracked pepper. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Provided by Bolla Wines and Colavita Olive Oil
This page originally published as a FoodDay article in 1997.
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