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Thursday, November 22, 2012


Rosemary Chicken with Wilted Spinach and Smashed Cauliflower

GUEST BLOG/RECIPE—By Guiseppe Ciuffa, owner/chef Guiseppe Restaurant & Fine Catering, La Jolla, CA.

With year round mild San Diego temperatures, we are lucky to have cauliflower in season all year. This mashed cauliflower recipe from Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering is a delicious, but healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.

Rosemary Chicken with Wilted Spinach and Smashed Cauliflower
Chef Ciuffa
Serves 4

1 medium head cauliflower
4 tablespoons olive oil (divided use)
6 ounces boneless and skinless organic chicken breast (4 pieces)
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste          
2 teaspoons rosemary
5 garlic cloves (divided use)
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 bag pre-washed organic spinach
1/2 cup non-fat milk
1 teaspoon truffle oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

 How to:

Fill up a large pot with water. Add one handful of kosher salt and bring to a boil. Submerge cauliflower in boiling water face down. Cook covered for about 30 minutes until soft. Drain and let rest.

In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place chicken breast face down at high heat, sprinkle some salt, pepper, and add the rosemary. Cook 3 minutes.
Flip the chicken and add 3 sliced garlic cloves. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 3 more minutes.

Bring the heat back to high. Add wine and chicken stock and reduce the liquid for about one minute.

Place the chicken on a tray and save the sauce to add on to the chicken once you are ready to plate.

In a smaller skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and the remaining garlic.
Once garlic starts to brown, add spinach and splash 1/3 cup of water on high heat for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat, stir the spinach, and let rest.

In a saucepan, heat up the non-fat milk, add the boiled cauliflower, and start smashing just like making mashed potatoes. Add truffle oil and Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until smooth and uniform.

Scoop some cauliflower into the center of four plates. Add spinach and one chicken breast to each plate and drizzle the sauce on the top.

Recipe from Giuseppe Ciuffa
Giuseppe Restaurant & Fine Catering
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla

Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering has three cafes in scenic locations — Caroline's Seaside Cafe and the Museum Cafe within the Museum of Contemporary Art (both in La Jolla), and Sculpture Court Cafe at the Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Giuseppe Fine Catering brings to life the hopes and vision behind corporate catering, weddings, events and celebrations throughout Southern California. With a belief in sustainability, the restaurant is committed to using the freshest seasonal and organic ingredients from local sources.

To download the recipe go to San Diego Home/Garden Magazine’s e-club blog:
Published on Tuesday, 20 November, 2012.   Copyright 2012 San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyless magazine.  Reprinted with permission.    


Freshen Wilted Vegetables
Perk up soggy leafy vegetables by soaking them in two cups cold water mixed with one tablespoon vinegar for 10 minutes.  Rinse. Dry.  Serve

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