It begins, as always, with a story. And the story is called MexItalian. The end. Every once in a while creativity takes over, it envelopes and seduces us, leading us down dark paths of false self confidences. We ignore pragmatism and rational for the sake of satisfying our ego. I walked this path, swimming in the oceans of my hubris as it raged around me; Micky and his brooms. In this state I carefully crafted what was surely to be my most magnificent meal! And they would cheer and cheer.. There is a reason however, why Friday nights don’t include a trip to José and Giovanni’s for the latest in Mexican and Italian fusion cuisine. It wasn’t meant to be! And what I had created was a monster and I was, am, ashamed.
What you see before you is not this thing! There was sweet redemption to be had after all.
Yummy Italian Stuff
2 chicken breast filet, tutorial
2 each of Beefsteak and Roma tomatoes, diced
1 clove Garlic, diced
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
1/8 cup butter
1 tbsp. flour
Spaghetti for two
Olive oil, Oregano, Basil, Thyme, salt, and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375°. Boil water and cook the spaghetti as directed. Strain completely, and toss together with olive oil in a bowl. Cover with a hot damp towel and set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter begins to simmer, stir in the flour with a whisk. Stirring constantly, allow to simmer for 1 minute. Add milk and bring to temperature, while continuing to whisk thoroughly. Cover and reduce heat to low.
In a baking pan, place together but separate from each other the noodles and the chicken. Brush the meat and spaghetti with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper and cover with fresh sprigs of thyme. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°.
Make simple spaghetti sauce by heating together in a small pot the tomatoes, garlic, oregeno and basil. Reduce heat and cover until ready to serve.
Increase the temperature to medium-low for the milk mixture, and begin adding cheese 1/4 cup at a time stirring with the whisk until incorporated. When smooth, add cream and continue to stir frequently to avoid thickening.
Serve by layering ingredients in this order spaghetti, tomatoes, chicken, cheese sauce.