Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

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Try this quick and easy one pan dish chicken meal with Cara Mia Artichoke Hearts and lemon juice! The basil gives it a fresh summer taste.
Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: 15 minutes    Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:
Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Heart
  • 2 tablespoon STAR Family Reserve Olive Oil with Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken meat, large dice
  • 1 14.75 oz jar of Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained and marinade saved
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed thinly sliced basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Directions:
  1. Heat STAR Family Reserve Olive Oil with Fresh Basil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add onion and garlic, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook until golden, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and cook, stirring rarely, until well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts and cook until slightly broken down, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add wine, marinade from the artichoke jar, and lemon juice then scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate any browned bits. Cook until smell is cooked off and sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in basil and lemon, and enjoy!
Monday, June 10, 2013

Fried Artichoke Hearts in Grapeseed Oil

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Deep-fried artichoke hearts. Best when served with a rémoulade style dip. Makes a great finger-food appetizer and the lime gives it a fresh summer taste.

Ingredients
Fried Artichokes
14 oz jar Cara Mia Artichokes Hearts in Water drained
Star Grapeseed Oil for frying
1/2  cup chopped parsley
1 lime sliced thin
salt & pepper to taste

Directions
In a medium pot, pour just enough Star Grapeseed Oil so that it is about an inch deep. Add the artichokes, lime, salt and pepper making sure that they are covered by the oi.  You may need to do this in several batches.

Fry uncovered for approximately 5 minutes, turning over the artichokes and lime slices midway. They are done when brown and crispy. Remove the artichokes and lime slices from the pot and place them on paper towels flat side down. Sprinkle with parley, salt and serve.

 Serve hot, with rĂ©moulade for dipping.
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Cara Mia
Cara Mia brand was started by an artichoke grower co-op in 1955, in the “artichoke capital” of the world, Castroville, CA. The co-op opened as a freezer operator with the intent of providing consumers another means to enjoy the edible thistle all year around. The venture proved so successful that a marinating line was added in 1958. Soon sales of the marinated produce far surpassed the frozen line as consumers enjoyed the proprietary marinade that dressed the tender leaves. The Borges Group acquired Cara Mia and its proprietary spice mix/marinade recipe in 2001. Today Cara Mia is the #1 selling brand of marinated artichokes. Look for them, and the other Cara Mia marinated vegetable items, in the Produce Dept.
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