Category Archives: pizza oven

Veggie Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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This was absolutely delicious and perfect for the pizza oven.

Ingredients:

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 yellow pepper, sliced

1/2 onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pork tenderloin, butterflied and pounded flat

1 1/2 c. spinach leaves

1/3 c. shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Saute the peppers and onions in some olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until the peppers are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper on both sides.

Lay the spinach leaves evenly over the pork.

Top with the pepper mixture.

Add the mozzarella cheese.

Roll up the pork tightly. Skewer the roll with toothpicks about 1 1/2 inches apart so the roll will hold its shape.

Slice between the toothpicks to create individual pork rolls.

Heat a pan and place some olive oil. Sear the pork rolls until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done.

Let the steak rest before removing the toothpicks.

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Portuguese Chicken

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This is great cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Ingredients:

2 lb chicken thigh, bone and skin on

4 lemon slices

1 1/2 c. diced zucchini

1/3 c. diced red pepper

Marinade:

1/4 olive oil

3 T. lime juice

1 T. red wine vinegar

3 cloves minced garlic

1/4 t. red pepper flakes

2 t. paprika

1 t. dried thyme

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

Directions:

Place all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix well until blended. Add the chicken thighs into a large zip loc bag. Add the marinade and mix well. Refrigerated for 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Heat a large cast iron pot. Add some olive oil. Remove the chicken from the bag, reserving the marinade. Add the chicken to the hot pan and brown well on both sides.

Add the zucchini and red peppers and arrange them around the chicken. Pour any extra marinade over the chicken and vegetables. Top with the lemon slices.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken registers 165.

Remove and serve!

Chicken Kebabs

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These were absolutely delicious! So tender and tasty!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces

1 red onion, cut into wedges

1 c. plain Greek yogurt

2 T. olive oil

2 t. paprika

1/2 t. cumin

1/8 t. cinnamon

1 t. red pepper flakes

Zest from one lemon

Juice from one lemon

5 cloves of minced garlic

1 3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients from yogurt to pepper in a bowl and mix well.

Thread chicken pieces on a metal skewer, adding the onion wedges along the way.

Brush the yogurt mixture onto the kebabs, making sure to cover them well.

Cover and refrigerate over night.

Grease a grill with some olive oil. Heat the grill. Place the kebabs on the grill and cook until done – turning frequently.

Sea Bass with Lemon and Herbs

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Simple and tasty!

Ingredients:

4 (5 oz) skin on sea bass fillets

1/4 t. pepper

1 t. salt

1 lemon, cut into wedges

3 T. olive oil

2 T. white wine

2 T. butter

2 T. chopped parsley

Directions:

Score the skin of the fish with a sharp knife (this prevents the fish from curling).

Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Heat a large pan. Add the lemons, cut sides down, and cook until lightly charred. Add the olive oil and place the fillets, skin side down, in the skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until the skin begins to brown and the fish is almost fully opaque.

When the fillets appear to be about 90% cooked, turn them over (the fillets should release easily from the pan). Finish cooking. Transfer the fillets and lemon to a place. Wipe the skillet clean.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the wine, some salt, and the butter. Mix continuously to emulsify. Spoon the sauce over the fillets and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Chicken Al Borgo

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This is very similar to Chicken Cacciatore – still just as delicious as ever.

Ingredients:

4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on

4 chicken legs, skin on

1 onion, sliced very thin

1 small carrot, sliced thin

1 zucchini, sliced thin

2 roma tomatoes, cut into chunks

1 small can tomato sauce

1 bay leaf

A few rosemary sprigs

1 c. white wine

3 cloves garlic

1 c. chicken broth

Directions:

Heat some butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and brown.

Add the chicken and rosemary. Cook on high heat until the chicken is browned on all sides.

Add the white wine and carrots. Cook until the wine has evaporated – always turning the chicken. Add salt and pepper.

Add the tomato and tomato sauce, the bay leaf, zucchini and garlic. Add a ladle of chicken broth.

Cover and cook for about 40 minutes on low heat, turning the chicken occasionally and adding broth when needed.

 

Chicken Thighs with Asparagus

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This was delicious and probably something that would turn out great in the pizza oven. Also it’s 4 Weight Watcher points!

Ingredients:

8 chicken thighs, with skin and bone in

3 T. butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 T. chopped oregano

1 t. chopped rosemary

1 t. chopped thyme

1 lb. asparagus, trimmed

1/2 t. paprika

1/4 c. chicken broth

Directions:

Pat chicken dry very well. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Melt 2 T. butter in a pan. Add the garlic and herbs and quickly stir until fragrant, being careful not to burn.

Lay the chicken, skin side down, in the skillet and cook until deeply browned on both sides. Inside temp should be 165. Reduce heat in case if too hot.

Remove the chicken to a dish and keep warm. Melt 1 T. butter in the same pan. Add the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Saute them until they are tender. Deglaze with the chicken broth and cook for a bit longer until soft.

Remove them from pan. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the pan juices.

Serve side by side.

Pork Chops with Vermouth and Capers

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Really good but be really careful not to overcook the pork chops!

10 Weight Watchers Smart Points

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

4 boneless center cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)

1 c. thinly sliced shallots (about 2 shallots)

2 T. butter

1/2 c. vermouth

1/4 c. chicken broth

2 T. capers, rinsed

Parsley

Directions:

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the pork chops and cook until browned on both sides. Cook until the chops register 145. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add the shallots and 1 T. butter to the skillet. Cook until the shallots and soft and golden.

Add the vermouth and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half. Add the chicken broth and capers. Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the parsley and remaining 1 T. butter and stir until the butter has melted. Serve over the pork chops.

10 Smart Points