1. “Back Yard” Bruschetta
-4 vine tomatoes
-1/2 red onion
-2 cloves garlic
-1 stalk celery
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
-1 Tsp olive oil (extra virgin)
-2 basil leaves
-1/2 cup grated cheese (percorino or parmesan is fine)
-Served on small pieces of lightly toasted Itailan bread (or bread of your choice)
This is quite simple. Chop the tomatoes, celery, onion and place in medium size serving bowl. Finely chop the garlic & Basil leaves and add to the bowl with salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix thoroughly and place into refrigerator so that at serving time , it is freshly chilled.
When serving, use a large platter so that most, if not all the the toasts fit onto it. Spoon the tomato mixture with a Table spoon so that each toast gets a nice scoop of the mixture. For effect, in front of your guests, drizzle some olive oil across the
whole platter and dust the platter with the grated cheese. This is a perfect appetizer or snack. Indoor, outdoor, summer or winter. You guests palates will be awakened immediately by the freshness of this little gem – A perfect Hors d’oeuvre for a cocktail party -
Tricked Out Country’s “Backyard Bruschetta” !
2. “Chicky Chow” Chick Peas & Pasta
-2 cups chick peas (Garbanzo beans)
-1/2 white onion
-1/2 tsp salt
-3/4 Tsp paprika
-1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
-3/4 cup of water
-1/2 lb bow-tie pasta
-crushed red pepper (optional)
Another very simple creation here. In a medium saucepan, brown the onion in the olive oil over a medium flame. When golden, add the salt and paprika and stir. Add the chick peas, the the water and cover and simmer for 45 mins. Go ahead and make your pasta so the
it is timed with the completion of the peas. before plating, taste the peas for any needed last minute adjustments for taste – this is where it gets personal ! Server the pasta with Chick peas in medium soup bowl or pasta dish. Note: This can also be served as a side dish with no pasta.
If your guests are in tune with a little spice, go ahead and sprinkle crushed rep pepper on the dish before serving. This is a hearty winter pasta course. Chicky Chow Chick Peas by Tricked Out Country !
Thanks & Enjoy !
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