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Menu Plan for the week of August 16, 2013:  Saturday's Recipes

Zucchini (Courgette) Sundaes
Pesto Turkey Rolls
Grilled Potatoes Allioli
Green Beans Parmesan

Cooking time:  55 minutes      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     There is a bit of fussing with this dinner: tying the turkey rolls, making the Allioli, but the results are worth the effort.  Serve any leftover Allioli with the Turkey Rolls - cut with mayo if you like. You may have to ask the butcher to slice the turkey.... It needs to be thin, like the veal for scaloppine.

Zucchini Sundaes (Courgette Splits)

Total time: 45 minutes   

Courgette Splits     They started out resembling Banana Splits - thus the name. A sprinkling of tomatoes halves around them while they bake yields a flavorful sauce. 

 Ingredients:

 

 Instructions:Zucchini Sundaes

Grilled Turkey Pesto Rolls

Total time: 35 minutes
  These are a bit fussy because each roll has to be tied separately, but they are well worth the extra time.  If doing for a larger group, assemble ahead. 

Grilled Turkey Pesto Rolls Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  If you can't get turkey cutlets, use 2 chicken breasts: cut almost through, starting on the 'straight' edge of the breast, giving you a pocket the shape of the breast with 1/2 inch of 'uncut' chicken around 3 sides. Fill the 'pocket with pesto, Prosciutto and basil, tie and grill.

Grilled Potatoes with Allioli 

Total time: 35 minutes 
   Simple grilled potatoes, finished with freshly made allioli. If you like garlic, you will absolutely love this... But, be careful not to use too much.  In this case a little goes a long way!

Grilled Potatoes with Allioli Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  Potatoes could also be roasted in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes.

Allioli 

Time: 15 minutes
   This is the Spanish/Catalan method, without egg yolks.  It's heavy on the garlic, and very hot!  Yes, garlic packs a lot of heat when fixed this way!  You can cut it with commercial mayonnaise if you like.  This makes about 4 tbs of allioli. It can't be made ahead as it tends to 'break' upon sitting - still good, but it has to be pounded back together. 

Allioli Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  If you don't  have a mortar and pestle you can use a small, deep bowl (ceramic if possible) and the round handle of something - table knife, spatula, rolling pin, something fairly large.  You could also mash the garlic and salt into a paste on a plastic cutting board (or in a heavy food bag) with a meat pounder, first, then put it into a bowl and incorporate the oil using a fork or whisk. Just remember that the garlic needs to be really mashed or it won't accept the oil.  And if nothing seems to work, just add the mashed garlic and oil to some mayo.....

Green Beans with Parmesan 

Total time: 25 minutes
   A simple treatment letting the full flavor of the green beans shine through.  Use either regular green beans or the flat Italian Romano beans.

Green Beans with Parmesan Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 55 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
baking dish, foil, kitchen string, mortar and pestle or
substitute, small skillet with lid, barbecue grill, grill
basket or pan

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Cut zucchini in half, hollow out
Slice ham
Assemble Zucchini Sundaes
Chop garlic
Cut remaining cherry tomatoes in half
Put zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil in dish
Cover zucchini with foil and bake
Turn on / light barbecue grill
Top and tail beans, cut
Cut potatoes, toss with oil, paprika, thyme
Put potatoes on grill

Make turkey rolls, set aside
Grate Parmesan if needed
Make Allioli, set aside
Start to cook beans
Mind potatoes
Remove zucchini
Put each zucchini half on a plate, add sauce
Start to cook turkey
Turn beans off - leave on heat
Serve zucchini
   interrupt yourself to turn turkey
Done?
Remove beans from skillet
Return skillet to heat, melt butter
Remove Turkey Rolls
Remove potatoes
Finish beans
Finish potatoes, Serve