We often host herb-tasting events to give newcomers to cooking with herbs a better idea of how herbs can improve their dining experience. Two firm favourites at these events are Bruschetta with Basil Tomato Topping and Orange Chicken Strips. And with good reason.
They are a perfect pair. Are really easy to make and they are great appetizers or quick snacks. Just perfect for weekend entertaining and Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Myriam from Once Upon A Tart.
Bruschetta with Basil Tomato Topping
1 loaf French bread
125ml olive oil
3 cloves garlic
5 ripe tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients together.
Slice the French bread, place on a baking tray and brush with olive oil. Toast until golden. Peel garlic and rub over the bread slices. Serve with tomato and basil topping.
Orange Chicken Strips
250g chicken strips
125ml orange juice
1 onion, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
2ml ground allspice
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped
Mix onion with the orange juice, vinegar, bay leaves, allspice and thyme in a bowl. Add chicken strips and turn to coat. Cover and marinate chicken for 2 hours at room temperature. Remove the chicken from marinade and stir-fry or roast.
Try them and let me know what you think.