Last night Jeff and I (isn’t it nice to have a little help?) made a Mediterranean Feast to remember.
It’s a feast to remember because we went out on a limb and planned from start to finish a themed meal with recipes we’ve never tried before, including homemade bread, which is always iffy if I’m involved. Yeast can be so fickle, don’t you think?
We decided on a Mediterranean theme at the request of the kids. I’ve had a beautiful box full of La Romanella products in my pantry for a few weeks (compliments of Smart & Final) that my kids were dying to try out including pasta, pasta sauce, grated parmesan cheese, olive oil, and the best Manzanilla olives, ever.
For our main course we made Emeril’s Mediterranean-Style Chicken Paillard, and served it over penne pasta with parmesan cheese for garnish. So, so yummy.
For sides we had asparagus and a Mediterranean inspired salad with feta cheese and pomegranate seeds. Delicious.
And lastly, the part I’m most proud of: homemade artisan bread. I rarely make homemade breast because, well, my bread never turns out. For our Mediterranean Feast I tried this Mediterranean Olive Bread Recipe from allrecipe.com. I modified the recipe by adding 1 tsp. of Italian Seasoning and 1.5 tsp. of garlic powder. The biggest deviation from the recipe I implemented was that I used La Romanella Manzanilla olives instead of black olives. Additionally, I baked my bread for the first 15 minutes at 450 degrees rather than 500 degrees, like the recipe suggests. I got so excited when I saw the beautiful loaf of bread exiting the oven that I forgot to take a picture of the completed perfection. 🙂 The bread was seriously so delicious.
For dessert I made Greek Rice Pudding. My kids are HUGE rice pudding fans.
They didn’t get any last night.
The Greek Rice Pudding was a DISASTER. A disaster.
Not only did I ruin the batch of pudding because I scorched the milk, I ruined my favorite large pot. It’ll take more elbow grease to remove the blackened bottom than I possess. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has been cooking for years and STILL does this?
We give the La Romanella products that we tried and big thumbs up. We liked the flavor in the pasta sauce and the Manzanilla olives really are some of the best olives I’ve ever eaten (I’m not a huge olive fan, so that’s saying something). You can purchase La Romanella products at Smart & Final.
And lastly, Smart & Final is running a La Romanella Facebook Contest through March 8th that sounds pretty exciting to me. You might want to head on over and enter to win a Sonoma Wine Tour Trip for Two. Simply “Like” their Facebook page. Super easy.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of La Romanella products. However, my opinion has not been influenced.