WARNING: This post may lead to instant hunger and mouthwatering
WELCOME to a fine Italian feast that will prove you chef of the night at any dinner table! Paul and I threw together this delicious meal on a whim last night and we made extra so we could have leftovers for lunch today. All I can say is YUM to every bite. I am a real sucker for a fresh charcuterie board of which I bought all of the ingredients for at my local Whole Foods. They have the best cheese selection, in my opinion.
Mastering The Charcuterie Board
If you’ve never made a charcuterie board, it is quite simple. I never even write the ingredients down unless I’m in a hurry! I walk into the antipasto section where I choose a variety of colorful bites which typically includes red peppers, artichoke, and several types of olives. Then I pick out 3-4 cheeses (or more depending on party size) that are each a unique flavor. Of course, you can’t forget the crackers and/or bread. Then, for a sweet addition, include a handful of grapes or blackberries with the mix.
It’s as simple as arranging all of your items as preferred and VOILA! Your cheesey plate is served. For even more options, you can add jams or dips. Oh… and you can’t forget the wine.
Hearty Chicken Marsala
One of my favorite winter dishes is a chicken marsala. I originally tried a recipe I found on A Zesty Bite, but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for. The recipe needed extra sauce, pasta, and just a little more cheese. Her recipe is spot on, but I recommend adding extra of the Marsala sauce ingredients to completely coat the pasta (or make in a separate sauce pan). The whole recipe took 25-30 minutes to prepare, cook, and serve. It is best served when it’s fresh off of the skillet because the sauce will settle otherwise and become thicker.
The chicken was so delicious and was made so much better with the fresh Parmigiano Reggiano. Nothing beats freshly grated cheese! I grate a little over the top and then mix a bit more into my serving. I swear I can never get enough cheese (HA!). You can enter to win a Holiday Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Feast so you will be ready to host like a pro this season.
Parmigiano Reggiano is produced exclusively in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and parts of the provinces of Mantua and Bologna, on the plains, hills and mountains enclosed between the rivers Po and Reno.
I have been ordering my wine through the Wall Street Journal Wine Club and have been enjoying every bottle I’ve tried thus far. This Cabernet Sauvignon from Republique was perfect for pairing with a more hearty dish. The flavor combinations were just right together.
Original recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers/websites, A Zesty Bite