Tuesday is gathering day..and every Tueasday is recipe day for me.. so today will be my first tuesday of recipies here ;) ok.. I hope I didn't lose you with that comment. anyways, since it's my first, it should be special.. and what's more special than a recipe by the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. I'm a big fan of the naked chef.. his recipies are exquisite.. his TV shows include...Oliver's Twist, Jamie's School Dinners, Jamie's Great Italian Escape, Naked Chef and Jamie's Kitchen.
Since this is a start.. the recipe I picked for today is a starter.. taken from the Jamie Oliver official website
Grilled Marinated Mozzarella - serves 4
1 loaf of ciabatta bread - could be found at the sultan center or any bakery
8 thinly sliced turkey bacon
zest of 2 lemons
4 large buffalo mozzarella cheeses
8 sticks of fresh rosemary
1 clove of garlic
extra virgin olive oil
3 handfuls of mixed fresh herbs (chives, mint, basil, parsley)
for the dressing
1 good handful of nice black olives, stones removed
1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
5 tablespoons lemon juice
5 tablespoons extra virgin
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Remove the crusts from the ciabatta and tear up into rough 2.5cm/ 1 inch pieces. Mix it in a bowl with the bacon and lemon zest. Divide each mozzarella into 8 similar-sized pieces and add to the bowl. Keeping the leaf tips on the rosemary sticks, remove the lower leaves and then smash these up in a pestle and mortar with the garlic. Stir in 8 tablespoons of olive oil, then pour this mixture over the bread, cheese and bacon. Marinate for anything from 15 minutes to an hour.
Thread your mozzarella and bread on to your rosemary sticks, weaving the bacon in and around. Line up the kebabs on a wire rack and place under the grill on a very high heat until the bread and bacon are golden and crisp and the mozzarella is nice and gooey. While this is grilling make sure you keep an eye on it, as it can turn into a charred kebab very quickly. To make the dressing, chop up the olives and mix with the chilli, 5 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the same of olive oil. Season to taste.
To serve the kebabs, dress the herbs with half of the olive dressing right at the last minute so the leaves stay nice and fresh, then use the other half of the dressing drizzled over the kebabs.