Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Caprese Grilled Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes and Burrata on Quinoa Cakes


Quinoa cakes are one thing I haven't made, until now. I've made quinoa as a side dish, like I would make rice, but I've never tried it in other forms. So... I looked up the ingredients in the quinoa cakes that I sampled when Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake and I went to breakfast. I had a simple breakfast sandwich and Liz ordered quinoa cakes with a poached egg. She kindly offered me a bite and it was one memorable bite. Didn't you think so, Liz?

Well, that bite stuck in my mind and though I didn't duplicate that quinoa cake, I did make one that is quite good. You see, I am a refrigerator cook. I take whatever I can find in my pantry and fridge and generally turn out a respectable dinner. The fridge held leftover quinoa, so I went with it. The quinoa cake that Liz ate had lemon ricotta and zucchini in it, according to the menu, and mine just has lemon zest, but for one layer of a dinner entree it really worked out well. 



Lately, I've also been admiring the gorgeous tomatoes that are showing up in the market and trying to make good use of them. Manservant is not a tomato fiend so I have to disguise them in ways that usually require me to mash them to bits or cook the hell out of them. He will eat a caprese salad if the tomatoes are full of flavor and not mushy. However quartering them and adding them to a salad, just means I'll find tomatoes resting on the side of the plate when he is finished eating. It does appear though that fresh basil, syrupy balsamic vinegar, and fresh, creamy cheese work their magic on him. Thank goodness something does.

Well, one thing led to another and these ingredients led to this perfect summer entree. Manservant even declared its virtues, so it was a good thing I wrote it down as dinner came together. And then Zoe called and I realized that this is a perfect dish to fit her needs.  She has been living in a temporary apartment until her new one becomes available in September. Seems this has thrown her into a rut when it comes to eating but the daily 4 flights of stair climbing have increased her muscle mass! I don't think I'd want to be lugging groceries up four flights, but I guess that is part of the joy of city living.

Give this perfect lemony, grilled chicken with roasted balsamic tomatoes placed on a lemony quinoa cake and topped with creamy, lush burrata cheese a try. It contains all of summer's favorite flavors in one dish.



Caprese Grilled Chicken on Lemony Quinoa Cakes
Yield: 4 Servings
Time: About 1 hour start to finish
Ingredients:

For chicken marinade:
2 lemons, juiced
1 t oregano
1/2 t salt
1/4 t fresh ground black pepper
2 pressed garlic cloves
1 T olive oil
2 large chicken breasts or 4 portions

For Roasted Tomatoes:
16 small tomatoes
2 T olive oil
2 cloves thinly sliced garlic
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 t salt
1/4 t fresh ground black pepper

For Quinoa Cakes:
2 c cooked quinoa ( I prepare this accoring to package directions but I saute a few T of onion in a T of olive oil. I then add the quinoa and cook according to package directions using chicken broth instead of water.)
1 diced shallot
1 egg
1 lemon, zested
1 T fresh basil
3 T parmesan cheese, grated
2 t olive oil

2 balls of burrata
Fresh basil leaves

Directions:
Pound chicken breasts until thin and divide into 4 portions. Combine lemon juice, all seasonings and olive oil for marinade. Marinade chicken while preparing other components. When ready to grill, preheat grill to high an brush grates with olive oil. Place chicken breasts on grate and turn heat down to medium high. Cook about 5-8 minutes on each side.

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare tomatoes by slicing into quarters or slices. Place with all marinade ingredients in an 8" dish. Roast for about thirty minutes or until vinegar has thickened and turned a bit syrupy. Remove from oven. These are OK kept at room temperature.

Combine quinoa with all ingredients except the 2 t of olive oil. Form into 4-8 cakes. Brush both sides with olive oil and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350. The outsides will be crispy an the insides creamy.

To assemble: Place one quinoa cake on a dinner plate. Top with one serving of a grilled chicken breast. Top with a big spoonful of tomatoes and some fresh basil leaves. Top with buratta. Drizzle with syrup from the baked tomatoes. Be prepared for compliments!



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29 comments:

  1. Well you got it out! I'm still working on mine. Tomorrow. This looks like an amazing summer supper. I'm loving that I now have a new way to prepare that bag of quinoa that has been staring back at me in the pantry for a year now.

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    1. It's time to give it a try! Had a great time today!

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  2. OK, I have to admit that I don't like quinoa. I made it a few different ways but never liked it. I also have to admit that I'm excited about trying these quinoa cakes because they have the real possibility that I'll like these cakes. I know I'll love the rest of the dish.

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    1. I have to admit that I like rice better but the benefits of quinoa inspire me to keep trying. The cakes are really good and a great way to get some extra protein and fiber! Can't wait to try a different version soon!

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  3. Don't you love tomato season? I'm doing a pasta caprese on my blog. ;-) Really like what you've done with this -- the quinoa cakes look so interesting. And I'll never turn down burrata. I used to rarely see it in stores, now it's everywhere! A good thing, I say. ;-)

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    1. Can't wait to see your pasta, John! I have really fallen for buratta! I'd put it on everything if I could! I was really pleased with this dish and now I will need to have leftover quinoa in the fridge more often!

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  4. I LOVE THIS - it's so pretty and that chicken looks EPICALLY tasty! ;)

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    1. Thanks Gigi! I love when food turns out pretty! And delicious!

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  5. This is a perfect summer dinner, Abbe. I love the beautiful restaurant style plating.

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    1. Thanks Angie-but I'll never be as good as you!

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  6. Wow..that is a really yummy looking dish. I've never tried quinoa but I have always wanted to for the longest time!

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    1. Quinoa is worth a try, Sharon! Not quite rice-but good!

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  7. This should also go well with filet mignon! ;) Don't you agree? :)

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  8. Oh, my gosh, this looks better than the original (which was amazing!). I'm so glad you took this challenge and now I can just make YOUR recipe instead of wondering how the heck to do it! THANKS again for the fun breakfast!!! xo

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    1. It was good, wasn't it? Next time I might try to lighten it up a bit and I think that is why they probably mixed in ricotta. It was fun and can't wait to do it again!

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  9. I could be very happy with this meal! Load on the tomatoes in my house :) My husband is a tomato fiend. I've never tried quinoa cakes but need one now!

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    1. Thanks Tricia! I bet it would be even better with your homegrown tomatoes!

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  10. Yum! What a delicious meal Abbe...I yet have to make quinoa cakes...I love all the layers of this dish.
    Thanks for the inspiration...hope you are enjoying your week :D

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    1. My first time too Juliana. And I will do it again!

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    2. The quinoa cakes were great and i can't wait to do another version. Thanks, Juliana!

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  11. Really love all the components of this dish, everything looks wonderful!

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    1. Aww, Cheri. Anything is great with buratta!

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  12. Abbe: What a fantastic dish!! Caprese is one of my fave salads and this, made with burrata, and topping these quinoa cakes is to eat all and lick the plate.

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  13. Damn delicious!!!
    the photograph is really seducing my taste buds.....
    savoury smokey chicken, tangy roasted tomato and healty quinoa cakes, superb!!!

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    1. Thanks Dedy. Not quite your gorgeous fish, but totally good!

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  14. I love your kicked up version of quinoa cakes and all of the layers and flavours. How fun that you were able to meet up with Liz, she is such a great lady. Just shared!

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    1. It was great fun Bam. And hopefully one day I will make it to Hong Kong!

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  15. What fantastic quinoa cakes, they are making my mouth water even at the very thought :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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