Eggplant Cordon Bleu

Prep time: 10 min
Rest time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 Pieces

 Ingredients
  • 8 oz Eggplant
  • 4 slices Ham
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Whole Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 8-10 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 8 leaves Basil
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Pepper
The original Cordon Bleu recipe is made with chicken instead of eggplants and it’s fried. This is a lighter, baked alternative. If you still want to fry it add to the ingredients enough seed oil to fill a frying pan.
Instructions
  1. Before we start preparing the Cordon Bleu, we need to prepare the eggplants. Wash them and cut them in even slices of a quarter of an inch in thickness. When you have your slices stack them in a colander and sprinkle them with salt. Leave them to rest for at least half an hour. You will see that the eggplants will start a natural process of moisture perspiration.
  2. After the 30 min have passed, dry the eggplants. I lay them on a clean kitchen towel and dab them with it. Preheat the oven at 400°F. I usually make the bread crumbs lightly toasting the bread while the oven heats up and then passing the bread in the food processor to crumble it.
  3. Dice the cherry tomatoes in thin slices.
  4. Pair your eggplant slices according to approximate diameter and lay the 4 bottom halves in a plate. Stack the slices with ham, a leaf of basil, and a slice of cheese. If your ham slice is bigger like mine, cut it in half and do a ham, basil, cheese, ham stack. Cut the excess ham and cheese that spill from the eggplant base and restack the scraps on top. Arrange the thin slices of tomato on the entire diameter. Cover with the remaining eggplant slice. Repeat for each Cordon Bleu.
  5. Prepare the ingredients for the batter. Beat the eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fill a plate with flour and one with bread crumbs. Place the flour platter, eggs bowl, and bread crumbs platter in front of you in this order.
  6. To prepare the Cordon Bleu begin by rolling the eggplant “sandwich” in the flour, then the eggs, and finally the bread crumbs.
  7. Place the Cordon Bleu on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 min at 400°F. If you want to fry them, toss the Cordon Bleu in a frying pan filled with seed oil at 350°F for 15 min turning them halfway through. Garnish the finished Cordon Bleu with a leaf or two of basil.
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Eggplant Cordon Bleu by Camilla Isley August-21-2015

Curry and Almonds Chicken

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 2 servings
 Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 4 oz Slivered Almonds
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • Curry
  • 1 pinch Salt
This may sound like an extremely ethnic recipe, but it’s actually very mild and everyone will enjoy it. You can use two chicken breasts or a whole chicken. I prefer the breasts because I’m as fussy as a little kid and I don’t want to deal with bones and skin. I like to serve the chicken on a bed of rice. If you choose to do the same, check the cooking time of the rice and remember to cook it sufficiently in advance.
Instructions
  1. Prepare all your ingredients. Put the almonds in a bowl and cover them with lukewarm water. They have to be barely submerged. If you’re using a stock cube to make the broth, put two cups of water to boil and melt the cube inside. If you have liquid broth, put in on the fire to warm.
  2. Cut the chicken in small pieces and roll it in a plate filled with flour. Set the flour aside for later.
  3. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan and brown the chicken in it. When it’s ready, sprinkle the chicken with a generous amount of curry powder and a pinch of salt, then soak it with the broth. Let it cook for 30 minutes. (Remember the rice)
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  4. Take the chicken out of the pan, add the water from the almonds (not the almonds yet), and throw in a couple of handfuls of flour. Mix until you have a creamy sauce. Now this all sounds very well, but what usually happens to me when I throw in the flour is that I get a disgusting, lumpy mix. My cheat is to transfer the sauce in a container and use my best friend in the kitchen—the hand blender—to make it as creamy as it should be. See before and after pics.
  5. Let the sauce reduce for 5-10 minutes, add the almonds, add the chicken, and stir for another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile prepare your serving plate with the rice, and when the chicken is finally ready place it on top and pour a generous quantity of the sauce over it.
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Curry and Almonds Chicken by Camilla Isley July-12-2015