• Some for the chicken, the rest for the chef

    by Richard Oh

    Rolled chicken with bacon, zucchini, yellow squash, and basil served with marinara sauce…

    • 2 large chicken breast
    • 8 strips of bacon
    • 1 bunch fresh basil
    • lemon pepper
    • parsley flakes

    Sauce:

    • 6 vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 cans tomato sauce (12-14 oz.)
    • 1 can tomato paste
    • 1 white onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 10 mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 sm. zucchini, sliced
    • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup Otter Cove Pinot Noir

    Dry Ingredients:

    • 1 tsp. black pepper
    • 1/2 Tbsp. basil
    • 1/2 Tbsp. oregano
    • 1/2 Tbsp. Rosemary
    • 1/4 tsp. sage
    • Salt to taste

    Sauce Procedure:

    Add all the ingredients together (except for the dry ingredients) into a large pot. Let simmer for about 2 hours on low heat. Stir every 10 to 15 min. Add the dry herbs and simmer for another hour

    While the sauce is cooking prepare the chicken:

    richard 3-2Thinly slice both breasts. Cook bacon ¾ of the way. Let them sit on paper towel to soak up the excess fat. Wash then cut the zucchini and squash into thin strips. The build: first place chicken then add basil, bacon, zucchini, and squash. Sprinkle lemon pepper and parsley flakes before rolling the chicken. Tightly roll and put on grill over medium heat. Cook them until golden brown.

    Preheat oven to 250º. Place the chicken on cooking tray and place in oven for 10 to 15 minutes. By baking it will finish the inside, since the inside isn’t fully cooked. It’s a pretty simple recipe with lots of flavor. You can serve a salad and add grilled zucchini and squash to complete the meal. Serves four people…

    Plate then add sauce. Enjoy the rest of the Pinot Noir with the meal.

    The Wine:

    The 2010 Otter Cove Pinot Noir is a new release. The grapes are from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is a single vineyard of Tondre. They were aged in French oak for 12 months. Tasting notes: dark cherries, hints of strawberries, nice earthy undertones, with a velvety finish. There’s not a lot of Pinot spice so it makes pairing pretty easy. Monterey County has 40,000 acres of vineyards. The two mostly grown are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The climate and soil are ideal for growing in this region. The Pinot Noir grapes are mainly associated with the Burgundy region of France, but are grown all over the world. It is a difficult variety to cultivate and to transform into wine. However, it is the most sexiest wine. It’s voluptuous, well rounded with lots of flavor and elegance. The grapes are sensitive to wind, cold, too much heat, and soil types to pruning techniques. I like the lower yielding crops, which gives off more intensity and flavor. The Santa Lucia Highlands region is one of the most sought after AVA. The amazing soil, warm summer days and cool nights allows a longer hang-time. Thus, the grapes absorb more nutrients, which means more intense fruit. We live in a great area that allows us to compete in the world market. Give some of the local wines a try. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

    richard 3-2-2

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 2, 2012

    Topics: Oh, Have A Taste!

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