So the other day, I was at the restaurant and I saw the waitress pass by me with this incredibly good looking plate of Veal Parmesan.
At first, I was only attracted by its good looks…
A beautiful piece of tender veal, whose presence one had to guess for it was invisible to the eye, all covered in rich bright red tomato sauce and buried in ooey, gooey melted mozzarella that it was.
Fresh parsley had been lightly sprinkled on top, just to give it that little edge, you know…
Oh, and by its side was a pile, A MOUNTAIN of linguine, quite elegantly put and lightly covered in a very simple tomato sauce.
Once my eyes were good and hooked on that vision, the delicious aroma had to hit my nostrils.
Thank goodness I had already placed my order: a salad, as usual, for I might very well have been weak that afternoon and ordered that exquisite looking dish instead.
Sadly, no matter how good it was, my salad wasn’t quite as satisfying as usual that day; And for weeks after, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get that Veal Parmesan out of my head.
Until I finally decided I HAD to recreate it at home. Of course, I had to make that decision right in the middle of this CRAZY heat wave.
Well, heat wave or not, I really had my mind set on eating just that, and it was going to happen THAT very night too. I was NOT going to put it off.
So I decided to make it a “grilled” version.
Hey, why not?
And, seeing as how I don’t really eat veal, I chose to use chicken instead. You don’t mind, you do?
Since I had the grill going, I decided to serve my Chicken Parmesan with grilled vegetables.
In the summertime, I get a little obsessed with grilled vegetables. I eat them like all the time. I almost put them in my cereal, you know.
I’m surprised I haven’t created a “Grilled Vegetables Smoothie” just yet. Hey, don’t try me… I might very well do it!
So anyway, I decided to throw everything on the BBQ, so as to not heat up the entire house. Granted, I still had to make a tomato sauce, but I made it a very quick one that made use of the range for no longer than 20 minutes, and since I’m cooking with gas, it didn’t generate that much more heat.
Hey, if it really is SUPER HOT and you can’t stand to generate even one little degree of additional heat, you could always use a good quality ready-made tomato sauce and heat it up quickly in the microwave.
Then, there was still the matter of melting the cheese, but it only took a few minutes under the broiler to get the desired results. Again, the temperature in the house was pretty much left undisturbed.
Now, doesn’t that look like a dish that you would love to sink you teeth into, even in the summertime, EVEN in the middle of a crazy heatwave?
Or would you need to have an insane craving like the one I had?
Let me tell you, this really hit the spot. It was exactly what my tummy had been dreaming of, and then some. It’s what I would call Chicken Parmesan with benefits. Hey, you get the tomato sauce, the melted cheese AND the distinctive flavor of the grill as an added bonus.
What’s there not to like?
There’s only one problem though… I’m really not sure that it got rid of my craving!
I STILL want me some of that!