Cheese is by far one of the best things ever created. Even better, my father recently started making homemade cheese.
I think he’s mastered the art of Ricotta cheese production. And with fresh Ricotta around, it’s only natural that we find a delicious way to incorporate it into our Sunday family dinner!
I found a recipe from Flavors By Four for Spinach, Tomato, Basil and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breasts. I prepared it a little differently than their recipe and subbed fresh grouper for chicken for part of it. (We have a Pescatarian in the family.)
It sure made for a tasty dinner entrée!
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 1 package of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Fish Filets of your choice
– 15 oz. Ricotta Cheese (Part-skim is recommended.)
– 1/3 cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated
– 1 cup of fresh Diced Tomatoes
– 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
– 1 cup of Spinach, chopped
– 1 tbsp of fresh Basil, chopped
– 2 cups of Bread Crumbs with Italian seasoning
– 2 Eggs
– Olive Oil
**We got 10 rollups out of this recipe. However, it may yield less depending on the size of the meat.
Gather ingredients and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle olive oil on baking pan(s) to grease.
Place the ricotta, diced tomatoes and mozzarella into a large mixing and combine.
Then add the chopped spinach, basil and minced garlic to the mixture and gently mix altogether.
Grab two mixing bowls – place the bread crumbs in one and in the other, crack open the eggs and scramble to create an egg wash.
Dip the chicken breasts (or fish filets) in the egg wash, then into the bread crumbs. Make sure they’re covered completely.
Lay the breaded chicken or fish flat on the baking sheet, then spoon the ricotta mixture onto the middle of each one.
Wrap the meat/fish around the cheese mixture and secure with a wet toothpick to ensure the roll doesn’t come loose while baking. Sprinkle any extra bread crumbs on top of the rollups and finish with a light drizzle of olive oil.
Place the rollups in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until fully cooked.
Remove them from the oven and serve them with your favorite side dishes.
We enjoyed ours alongside quinoa and sautéed asparagus – yummy!
If you love cheese with every meal, I highly recommend whipping this up for dinner one evening. It’s delicious, low-carb and full of vegetables and protein.