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“Good spinach should be lively, it should crunch and squeak as you stuff it into the bag” writes Jane Grigson. Delicious chicken parmesan I think she would have approved of my farming fruit and veg man Filippo on Testaccio market. Chicken parmesan easy His spinach needs to be wrestled into the bag, and then bounces against my leg all the way home. Best chicken parmesan She would also, I think, have approved of the bouncing bagful I bought on the Uxbridge Road yesterday, which is now sitting in a colander in my sister’s kitchen in London.

Parmesan chicken slow cooker I enjoy this parity of ingredients in my two countries. Parmesan chicken breast I like hardy winter spinach varieties, with their crumpled leaves, ribbed stems with pink tips, looking robust, yet at the same time sweet and tender.

Introduced to Italy by the Arabs in the 11th century, the spinach grown near Rome is excellent. Homemade baked chicken parmesan Generally, it is simply served, wilted, well-drained and dressed with olive oil and a spritz of lemon. Chicken parmesan recipe in oven Another good Roman way is strascinata – “dragged” – in olive oil and garlic, sometimes with raisins and pine nuts. Chicken parmesan recipe healthy All that said, butter is what I crave with spinach a lot, thinking of a Jane Grigson recipe in which spinach is wilted, then reheated several times, adding more butter each time, until it is the richest stuff, a spoonful of which knocks the socks off creamed spinach. Parmesan crusted chicken salad Butter is also key on bread under spinach and hollandaise, or melted on those pesky-to-poach, but excellent spinach and ricotta dumplings that Tuscans call gnudi.

Today’s recipe though, is for none of the above, nor is it the spinach curry I am looking forward to eating while I am in London. Parmesan chicken recipes without bread crumbs It is a spinach and rice cake, which first came about for me because of spinach and rice leftovers. Parmesan chicken pasta recipe Or as an Italian would say the avanzi di spinaci e riso – avanzi meaning “what remains”, but also something advantageous, which is the way Italians see leftovers. Recipe for easy chicken parmesan Of course Italy isn’t alone or special in having resourceful recipes for using leftovers: it’s a feature in traditional home cooking in all countries. How to make chicken parmesan with chicken patties But Italy is where I know, and where recipes for leftovers really do still rule, helping cooking feel like a continuum, one dish and meal rolling into the next rather than a series of isolated occasions.

Whether made with advantageous leftovers, or cooked from scratch, this is surprisingly tasty and good idea; savoury and pleasingly plump. Parmesan chicken sides It is all very straightforward – rice and spinach mixed with its allies: butter, nutmeg, parmesan and eggs, pressed into a tin then baked. Chicken parmesan pasta bake The tin helps create a crusty bottom. Chicken parmesan recipe with mayo It is good served hot, warm or at room temperature. Parmesan chicken wings Spinach and orange are good companions, so my Sicilian orange and fennel salad, which I roll out whenever possible, is my choice of accompaniment here. Chicken parmesan recipe simple Otherwise there is the very sociable peperonata. Chicken parmesan healthy recipe Your suggestions are welcome. Chicken parmesan temperature If you do prepare the spinach for this, maybe cook more than you need and shape your spinach “advantage” into a ball. Chicken parmesan recipe food network Spinach and rice cake – torta di spinaci e riso

I am not going to assume you all have leftover spinach and rice, so here is the recipe from scratch, which should also help you get a handle on quantities so when you do have leftovers you can do it by eye.

1 Pick over the spinach, discarding discoloured leaves and tough stalks, then wash in a couple of changes of cold water. Chicken parmigiana recipe olive garden Stuff the wet spinach into a large pan with no extra water and cook, covered over a low heat until it withers. Parmesan crusted chicken recipes Tip it into a colander and then leave to drain thoroughly.

3 Peel and finely dice the onion. Images of chicken parmesan In a large frying or sauté pan, fry the onion in the butter with a small pinch of salt until soft and golden. Parmesan chicken pasta Use scissors to roughly chop the spinach and then add to the frying pan along with the rice.

4 Pull the pan from the flame, allow to cool a little before adding the beaten eggs, parmesan, nutmeg, black pepper and a pinch of salt if necessary.

5 Butter and dust a cake tin or mould with fine breadcrumbs. Parmesan crusted chicken recipe Tip the mixture into the mould and then press flat with the back of a spoon. Chicken parmesan nutritional information Bake at 200C/400F/gas mark 6 for 25 minutes or until the cake is set firm, a little crisp and golden. Oven parmesan chicken Allow to sit for 5 minutes before turning out, or serving straight from the tin in wedges. Chicken cutlet parmesan baked Also very good at room temperature.