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2 amazing recipes I MUST share!

Yes, I am going a little blog crazy today….only because I sometimes work on a post, edit it, and then publish it later.  I’ve got several posts that are kind of stacking up so I thought I’d better get to publishing them on my site.  Now I must share with you lovely blog readers of mine the most delicious and unique dessert I’ve had in a very very long time:  Ritz Cracker Pie.  Some people call it a mock apple or mock pecan pie.  Whatever you call it, it’s not only easy, it tastes amazing, and it keeps well a few days afterwards.  That is, if you actually have any leftovers!  I got this recipe from my mom’s recipe box and I’m so glad I did!  Thanks Mom!   

Ritz Cracker Pie

3 egg whites, beaten stiff with 1 C sugar (I think next time I make it, I’m doing 3/4 C, it is pretty sweet so I think I’ll tone it down a little bit for my own personal preference)

Then fold in 1/2 tsp baking powder.

Then add:
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I think next time I make it, I’ll just a pinch more and it’ll be perfecto!)

Then add:
25-30 Ritz crackers, crushed into dime size pieces
1 C chopped nuts

Butter 9 inch pie plate and pour in mixture–it will look like a meringue. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature and serve with whipped cream. Refrigerate and cover any leftovers.  

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The finished product!  It develops a kind of crunchy meringue like topping as it cooks.  I think this would be a great dessert to do when entertaining as everyone can help themselves.  I can’t help but try and promote this pie around the world it’s that good!  Push aside the mouse, turn the computer off, and go make this!  I’m telling you it’s beyond delicious!!  When you do/or if you have made this, please post a comment and let me know how it went! Mmmm…

And now, the other recipe that I feel compelled to share with you all: Jamie Oliver’s Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham.  Not only is it so simple to make but it tastes just divine!  It’s basically heaven in your mouth.  So after you make this, you can serve the above aforementioned Ritz Cracker Pie and you’ve got yourself one heck of a meal that would delight anyone!  My BF and I have made this twice in nearly a week which means that we love this dish.  I have to stress this—do not skimp on any of the ingredients here–each one is so vital to the overall flavor.     

Now, on with the recipe, serves 2:

• 30g Parmesan cheese (English cheddar works too)
• 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
• 2 skinless chicken breasts, preferably free-range or organic
• freshly ground black pepper
• 1 lemon
• 6 slices of prosciutto (or Parma Ham)
• olive oil

To prepare your chicken
• Grate your Parmesan 
• Pick the thyme leaves off the stalks 
• Carefully score the underside of the chicken breasts in a criss-cross fashion with a small knife 
• Season with a little pepper (you don’t need salt as the prosciutto is quite salty) 
• Lay your breasts next to each other and sprinkle over most of the thyme leaves 
• Grate a little lemon zest over them, then sprinkle with the Parmesan 
• Lay 3 prosciutto slices on each chicken breast, overlapping them slightly 
• Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining thyme leaves 
• Put a square of clingfilm (saran wrap) over each breast and give them a few really good bashes with the bottom of a pan until they’re about 1cm thick

To cook your chicken
• Put a frying pan over a medium heat 
• Remove the clingfilm and carefully transfer the chicken breasts, prosciutto side down, into the pan 
• Drizzle over some olive oil 
• Cook for 3 minutes on each side, turning halfway through, giving the ham side an extra 30 seconds to crisp up

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We served ours with mashed potatoes but you could serve it in a salad or even pasta!  Mmmm…This recipe can also be found here: Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food

 

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