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    Sunday, March 04, 2018

    Bagel Crisps Again - Another Triumph

    We needed some nibbles to have with wine pre-dinner
    So I decided to make Bagel Crisps again
    But when I removed the bagels from the Freezer I discovered that they
    were pre cut
    Not deterred I cut them into batons
    Tossed them with Olive Oil, Parmesan and S&P
     Threw them onto a baking tray. No need to grease
    Pre heat oven to 170C

    Bake for about 5-7 minutes till crisp
    Perfect with drinks

    Crispy Pasta Bake with Chicken, Spinach and Tomatoes

    This pasta dish is cooked on a shallow baking tray
    So it becomes nice and crispy on top
    Wonderful flavours
    It was very popular in our house and these amounts fed 6, with leftovers for lunch
    I made breadcrumbs from Vogel’s Bread, instead of Panko, which gave an excellent flavour

    Just crumb them in food processor or blender

    I bought a rotisserie chicken from the market.
    Very easy, then make stock with the bones, Waste not want not
    I found this recipe on the Epicurious Site, once again, such a good site for anything
    You will need a large shallow baking tray to cook  and serve it on

    500 gms short pasta, such as penne or fusilli

    1 cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) or your favourite bread, crumbed
    1 cup grated Parmesan, divided
    4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    Sea salt
    Freshly ground black pepper,
    1 350gm packet frozen spinach leaves
    2 punnets cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    4 cups shredded cooked chicken
    1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (about 6 ounces), divided

    Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. 
    Meanwhile, mix Panko/breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 2 Tbsp. oil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper in a medium bowl.
    Toss spinach and tomatoes with 1/2 tsp. salt and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil on a large rimmed baking sheet

    Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
    Return Pasta to pot
    Add sour cream, mustard, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid,                
    and remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan and pepper;                                      
    Stir until smooth

    Stir in chicken and 1 cup mozzarella, adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until evenly coated
    Transfer to sheet with spinach and tomatoes
    Top with Panko mixture and rest of Mozzarella
    You can get to this step earlier in the day
    Then you just need to bake
    Place tray with pasta mixture, into preheated oven until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned, 5–7 minutes.

    If you have prepared earlier it make take a little longer maybe 10 minutes
    To make sure it is heated right through