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Walnut Grove Recipes
Breast of chicken wrapped in Parma ham
on a bed of mashed butternut squash
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/4 butternut squash
- 2 slices Parma ham
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp fresh pesto
- 1 tbsp butter
- seasoning to taste
1. Chop the butternut squash into even sized cubes and boil until
soft with the fresh thyme.
2. Wrap each chicken breast with a slice of Parma ham, heat a
small frying pan, add half the butter and a little oil and seal
the chicken on both sides (fry quickly for about 30seconds to
a minute on each side, which seals the meat to stop it drying
out). Transfer to a hot oven to finish cooking.
3. While the chicken is cooking, drain the cooked
squash and mash it with the Parmesan cheese, the remaining butter
and seasoning to taste.
4. To serve, put half
the mashed squash on each plate, carefully place the cooked chicken
on top, and drizzle generously with fresh pesto.
For the Pesto:
Simply add all the ingredients to a small food processor
This dish is a lovely winter warmer and extremely easy and quick
to prepare. As a summer dish the addition of a crisp green salad
would be an ideal accompaniment.
The chicken breasts can be pre wrapped, the pesto
can be made up to a day or so in advance and although the mash
can be made in advance it really is better made to order.
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