Couples Cooking – Betta Bruschetta!

On our premier episode of couples cooking Nellie and I enjoyed whipping up some quinoa inspired dishes.  We had fun preparing some new delicious recipes and I was really looking forward to see what Nellie would come up with next.

Being the sweet husband that I am, I agreed to bend the Couples Cooking rules and I stopped and picked up the groceries on Nell’s behalf.  She has been crazy busy these days at work, so I felt it was the least I could do. The cost was comparable to our last cooking date night. The fresh ingredients had me curious about what we were soon to be making. I think in my mind I was putting different food combinations together, but couldn’t really figure out the main course.

When we got down to brass tax at the house, there were sleeves rolled up and wine poured; soon we were working on a bruschetta appetizer dish.  We started off with several fresh ingredients including: Roma tomatoes, garlic cloves, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and Balsamic vinaigrette.  With a dash of olive oil and some elbow grease, Nellie whipped it up.  While she was doing that I was taking a bread knife to a bakery fresh baguette and warming the oven.  Spoon by spoon we topped the slices with the tomato infused mixture and sprinkled on the mozzarella. Into the oven they went, they baked for about 5 minutes and were taken out. They came out perfectly, I loved the crunch of the bread, super tasty!

Fresh out of the oven, our bruschetta was fantastic! Fresh tasting and healthy, we really liked this as a starter. Note - if you leave onion out, you can avoid the bad breath, just saying! ;-)

Fresh out of the oven, our bruschetta was fantastic! Fresh tasting and healthy, we really liked this as a starter. Note – if you leave onion out, you can avoid the bad breath, just saying! 😉

Our entrée was quite unique, a spinach stuffed chicken dish wrapped with a slice of bacon, recipe here.  The prep work was simple enough.  Seasoned chicken breasts ‘butterflied’ and stuffed with a creamy spinach mix. The ingredients included feta cheese, chopped spinach, mayo and garlic.  We carefully spooned the filling into the breasts and wrapped it with a couple of pieces of bacon.  We provided extra assistance in holding it all together by adding a few toothpicks, probably because we got greedy with the stuffing process.  Covered with aluminum foil and placed neatly into the oven we were T-30 until our main course was ready to be served up.  As a side we made a box of regular mac and cheese, lol, not much skill required, but it paired really well.

As we waited for our dinner to cook we chatted about our busy day. We assembled a simple ‘out of the box’ dessert, a cookie/brownie mixture.  It was a quick swap and out came the chicken and in went our dessert. Finally, when we had cleaned up and we were ready to sit down and eat, we devoured our meals. I think she beat me on this one, I am going to have to step up my game, she is good!

This dish was much easier to make than I thought. After broiling for about 35 minutes, it came out perfectly!  The bacon really added to the flavor and with the toothpicks, the stuffing stayed right where it was supposed to! Guess what time it is... NOM NOM NOM!

This dish was much easier to make than I thought. After broiling for about 35 minutes, it came out perfectly! The bacon really added to the flavor and with the toothpicks, the stuffing stayed right where it was supposed to! Guess what time it is… NOM NOM NOM!

Couple Cooking was again a ton of fun, until next time, stay classy!

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