Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dehydrator Dinner - "Sun" Dried Tomaotes

There was a restaurant in Memphis called Ciao! that had this delicious entree with sun dried tomatoes, a lot of olive oil and chicken.  I was trying to recreate that oh-so-tasty dish with my newly dehydrated tomatoes. 

Yummy!  It worked!  (How often do you hear that?)  Restaurant quality dinner for the whole family was made from one chicken breast, a handful of dried tomatoes and green peppers, a clove of garlic and half a bag of egg noodles.  Topped it with Parmesan cheese.  Here's the recipe:...

A couple tomatoes and a few peppers just wouldn't finish drying, so I set them aside and packed up all the dried ones.  

I tried to chop them in the mini-chopper. (You didn't really think I would chop them by hand did you?)
Didn't work, so I added some olive oil.
Didn't work, so I put them in the blender and added more olive oil. 

  • Big handful of dried tomatoes and peppers in the blender with a clove of garlic.
  • Sliced up the chicken breast a little bit more thinly than fajitas would have been sliced.    
  • Mixed them with the stuff from the blender and sautéed!
  • Dumped the sautéed food over pasta.

The meal looked a little lightweight in the nutrition department, but it wasn't.  This handful of dried tomatoes and green peppers had recently been several tomatoes and a big pepper.  If I had added them as hydrated veggies, the nutrition would have been more obvious.

It took the chicken about the same amount of time as the noodles.  It stacked up like this:

Parmesan cheese
Extra olive oil from the pan
Sauteed chicken

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